Paxil and Suicide
As with all antidepressants, there may be an increased risk of suicidal behavior when taking Paxil. In a clinical study that looked at antidepressants (such as Paxil), about 4 percent of children and teens taking an antidepressant had suicidal thoughts or behavior, compared to 2 percent in children and teens who were not taking an antidepressant.
Paxil® (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 belongs to a group of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). As with all antidepressants, there may be an increased risk of suicidal behavior when taking Paxil.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a special warning about the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior with antidepressant use in children, adolescents, and young adults aged 24 and younger. The warning was issued due to concerns that antidepressants seemed to increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in people up to the age of 25 in clinical studies. Although Paxil is not approved for use in children or teenagers, it may be used "off-label" for this age group.