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A healthcare provider may prescribe Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) to treat several conditions affecting the brain, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is a debilitating condition that can develop following a terrifying event. Often, people with post-traumatic stress disorder have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. Post-traumatic stress disorder affects about 5.2 million adult Americans. Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur at any age, including childhood, and there is some evidence that susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder may run in families.
Studies have shown Paxil to be effective for the treatment of PTSD in adults. More people taking the drug felt they were "much improved" or "very much improved," compared to people not taking it. Paxil was also shown to reduce PTSD symptoms.
(Click Paxil Uses for an in-depth look at using Paxil for PTSD treatment in adults. This resource also covers other possible uses of Paxil, including off-label uses.)