Paxil

(paroxetine)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 694 reviewsforPaxil
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Improves mood and anxiety.

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Our bottom line

Paxil (paroxetine) is effective for treating depression and anxiety, but causes more unwanted side-effects than other medicines that work like it.

Quick facts about Paxil
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (paroxetine)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • Available in a cheaper, generic form.
  • Is convenient and can take once a day.

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People’s experience with Paxil

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Downsides

  • More likely to decrease your sexual appetite and delay or prevent ejaculation than other antidepressants.
  • Like most antidepressants, Paxil (paroxetine) has a high risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior when used in children and adolescents.
  • May not be appropriate for you if you are elderly or suffer from dementia.

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How it works

Paxil (paroxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which helps regulate mood.

Quick facts about Paxil
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (paroxetine)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Paxil

694reviews so far. What do you think?

What to expect when you take Paxil (paroxetine) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Paxil (paroxetine)

From 764 clinical trials of Paxil when taken for anxiety
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased sexual appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea

Risks and Warnings for Paxil (paroxetine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 24 years or younger

    Paxil (paroxetine) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, especially if used in children or adolescents. Watch for worsening depression or any changes in your mood or behavior. Report anything concerning to your doctor immediately. Paxil (paroxetine) is not approved for use in children younger than age 18.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Paxil (paroxetine)

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  • Reviewed Paxilon 1/6/2017The discontinuation syndrome was awful. "Zaps" throughout my body and nausea for months.
    31
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Paxilon 6/5/2017Extreme discontinuation syndrome, withdrawal, with tapering/stopping Paxil
    31
    Woman
    Two years or more
Alcohol
  • Reviewed Paxilon 11/13/2016If you have any history of drug or alcohol abuse, you are likely to relapse, and make other horrible decisions, as this prescription distorts reality and makes you think nothing matters, or that there are no consequences for poor choices. By the time you try to come off it, the damage is done, and you will go through weeks of hell trying to wean yourself off because the withdrawal symptoms are horrendous. This drug is banned in many countries, for obvious reasons.
    36
    Woman
    Depression
Sex
  • Reviewed Paxilon 11/6/2015no ability to orgasm, horrible withdrawal after 1 day
    18
    Woman
    A few months
    Depression
Sleep
  • Reviewed Paxilon 7/12/2016I hate the drowsiness, lack of motivation and general apathy toward life.
    27
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Paxilon 7/19/2016Prepare to sleep ALLLLLLLLLLL the time..
    22
    Woman
    Anxiety
  • Reviewed Paxilon 8/3/2016Take at night because of drowsiness
    71
    Woman
    Depression
Weight
  • Reviewed Paxilon 10/10/2016Gained a fair bit of weight
    21
    Woman
    Anxiety
  • Reviewed Paxilon 6/2/2015Outrageous weight gain - no problems like that with other antidepressants. Difficult to get off. Try something else unless this is a necessity.
    39
    Woman
    Two years or more
  • Reviewed Paxilon 8/11/2016made me put on tons o weight and couldnt stop eating. also made me grind my teeth. and made me too tired and lazy.
    23
    Woman
    Depression