Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used for treating various conditions within the brain. Specifically, it is approved for the treatment of:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is not advised to give this medication to a child. Paxil studies have shown that the medication is not effective for treating depression in children or teenagers. You should talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits of using Paxil in children or teenagers.
(Click Paxil Uses for more information about Paxil use in children, to find out how this antidepressant works, and to learn about possible off-label uses for this medication.)