Paxil CR Uses
A number of conditions within the brain can be treated with Paxil CR. Some specific Paxil CR uses include the treatment of depression, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The medication has not been adequately studied in children or teenagers, and is not approved for use in children and teenagers. There are a number of "off-label" Paxil CR uses, including the treatment of dementia, personality disorders, and autism.
Paxil CR® (paroxetine controlled release) has been licensed to treat a number of conditions. These Paxil CR uses include the treatment of:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Paxil CR Use for Depression
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Suicidal thoughts.
Large clinical trials have proven Paxil CR to help adults with depression. However, it is important to keep in mind that many antidepressants (including Paxil CR) take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your depression symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first, sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. It usually takes at least four to six weeks before significant changes in mood occur. It is important to give Paxil CR a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).