Patients who experience Paxil side effects -- or who find that Paxil does not adequately control their symptoms -- may wish to try an alternative to Paxil. These other options include therapy, other depression medications (such as Zoloft, Effexor, or Wellbutrin), electroconvulsive therapy, and alternative therapies (such as acupuncture).
Paxil Alternatives: An OverviewPaxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- 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).
Paxil is part of a group of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). For most people, Paxil is effective in treating their symptoms, and the medicine is tolerated well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur -- or the medicine may not adequately control a patient's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Paxil for depression treatment, including:
- Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Alternative therapies.
(This article describes alternatives to Paxil for the treatment of depression. For information on Paxil alternatives for other medical conditions, go to:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- OCD Treatment
- Panic Attack Treatment
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- PTSD Treatment.)