What is Paroxetine?

Paroxetine (also known by the trade name Paxil among others) is an antidepressant drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) type. Paroxetine is used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and vasomotor symptoms (e.g. hot flashes and night sweats) associated with menopause in adult outpatients.

Marketing of the drug began in 1992 by the pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beecham, now GlaxoSmithKline. Generic formulations have been available since 2003 when the patent expired.

Differences between newer antidepressants are usually fairly subtle and mostly confined to side effects. It shares the common side effects and contraindications of other SSRIs, with high rates of nausea, sleepiness, and sexual side effects. Paroxetine is associated with weight gain. Discontinuing paroxetine is associated with a high risk of withdrawal syndrome. Paroxetine is associated with an increased risk of birth defects.

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I was diagonized acute psychosis(sleeplessness,restless and behavioral problems) in 2005. Was on chlorpromazine and serenace for a couple of years...

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iam 25, I have been taking Paxadep 37.5 mg for past 6 months for short term memory,loss of concentration and iam unable to get up in the morning...

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Yes, the abdominal or digestive problems COULD be due to the side effects of Paroxetene, an SSRI type of antidepressant that you are...

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I was diagonized acute psychosis in 2005. Was on chlorpromazine and serenace for a couple of years but since I had 2 relapses I changed doctor who...

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Loxapine is an antipsychotic drug and SSRIs are newer antidepressants. There are many other newer antipsychotics...

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