Paxil (paroxetine) is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.

Paxil is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Side Effects:

Drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, fatigue, sweating, blurred vision, shaking

(tremor), or changes in sex drive/ability may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Alcohol can make the side effects from Paxil worse. Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Paxil.

Paxil may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Paxil can decrease sweating and you may be more prone to heat stroke.


– Paxil should be taken with or without food.

– Paxil may be taken up to four times daily.

– Paxil should be taken at the same time each day.

– Paxil may be taken for 4 weeks or longer. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

– Paxil should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. If you cannot swallow a Paxil tablet whole, tell your doctor that you need Paxil CR (controlled release).

Call your doctor if your depression does not improve after 4 weeks of treatment, or if it gets worse during this time. It may take several weeks before you start to feel better.