paxilType: SSRI

Active ingredient: Paroxetine hydrochloride

Common use: Paxil is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) chiefly used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

How to use: Unless otherwise ordered by your doctor, Paxil should be taken with a glass of water.

It can take several weeks before Paxil reaches its full effect. It is important to keep taking the medicine even if you do not notice any immediate improvement. It also important to continue to take Paxil even when you feel well. Do not stop taking Paxil without consulting your doctor. It is safer to gradually decrease the dose of Paxil than to stop abruptly.

If you miss a dose of Paxil, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose permanently and stick to your regular dosing schedule. Do no take two doses at once or near each other in time.

How to store: Store Paxil at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, and keep away from heat, light and moisture.


  • Paxil can interact with MAOIs. You should stop taking MAOIs at least two weeks prior to taking your first Paxil.

Examples of reported side-effects of Paxil:

  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Lowered sexual interest