What is Paxil?

Paxil is the trade name for Paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant. Paxil is an orally administered psychotropic drug. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This drug effect has as result the reduction of depression.

Paxil is used for the treatment of:

  • depression
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • anxiety disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

Paroxetine can also be used for other purposes that are not listed here.

Paxil/Paroxetine is ranked on the list of bestselling drugs as the 94th, with sales over $1 billion in 2007.

Paxil is the fifth-most prescribed antidepressant in the U.S.

Paroxetine CR

Unlike Paroxetine immediate release, Paroxetine controlled release(CR) is ensures a lower rate of nausea in the first week of treatment. Still, studies showed that the treatment discontinuation rate caused by nausea is not very different as in the previous case.

Paxil CR is not approved for use in pediatric patients(children less than 18 years of age).

You can consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details about Paxil/ Paroxetine.