Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat symptoms of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Paxil is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Paxil is also referred to by its drug name, paroxetine.
Paxil is a member of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a brain chemical that is thought to have a good influence on mood, emotion, sleep, and pain symptoms. Paxil is believed to work by keeping this chemical available in the brain for a longer amount of time, which is thought to help relieve chronic pain.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Paxil is administered once daily.
Paxil comes in tablet or oral suspension form.
The FDA-approved label for Paxil lists common side effects including vision changes, weakness, drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, sweating, anxiety, shaking, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, infection, headache, and sexual dysfunction.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Paxil include suicidal thoughts and behavior, mania, increased risk of bleeding, seizures, low blood sodium, abnormal bleeding, and bone fracture.
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Paxil — RxList
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