The prescription drug Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) is licensed to treat a number of conditions within the brain, such as:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The medication is typically taken once a day. It comes in two different forms: a tablet and a suspension (liquid). Most people take it in the morning; however, if you find that the medication makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime.
Because Paxil is not suitable for everyone, it's important to review the safety information for this drug with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other health issues you may have, such as epilepsy, diabetes, or bipolar disorder.
(Click Paxil for more information on this medication. This article covers how it works, lists other safety precautions, and explains what to do if you miss a dose.)