Paxil (generic name: paroxetine; brand names include: Pari / Pexep / Parolin / Seroxat) is one of the leading treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. Paxil is a member of a class of prescription drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that has proven in clinical trials to be both safe and effective with fewer side effects than other types of antidepressant medications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Paxil for the treatment of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Paxil is indicated for the prevention of relapse and also recurrence of further depressive episodes.
With continued treatment, Paxil can help restore and maintain the balance of serotonin (a naturally occurring chemical in the brain) - which helps reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Paxil does not impair psychomotor function and does not potentiate the depressant effects of ethanol.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.