Paxil CR and Suicide
In previous studies involving Paxil CR and suicide, there appeared to be an increased risk of suicidal behavior in children and teenagers who took the medicine. During treatment with Paxil CR, you should be watchful for any possible signs of suicidal behavior in yourself (or your child). Some of these signs of suicidal behavior include depression or anxiety that is new or worse; agitation, restlessness, or panic attacks; and acting on dangerous impulses.
Paxil CR® (paroxetine controlled release) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Paxil CR is part of a group of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). As with all antidepressants, there may be an increased risk of suicidal behavior when taking Paxil CR.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a special warning about the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior with antidepressant use in children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 25. The warning was issued due to concerns that antidepressants seemed to increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults during clinical studies. Although Paxil CR is not approved for use in children or teenagers, it may be used "off-label" for this age group.