Paxil for Children

Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription drug approved to treat depression, panic disorder, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. It is also occasionally used off-label for treating autism, dementia, eating disorders, and various other conditions.
Healthcare providers generally do not prescribe Paxil for children. In one study of Paxil in children and teenagers with depression, the medication was not shown to be effective for depression treatment. The antidepressant should not be used in children for other Paxil uses either. You should talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Paxil in teens or children.
(Click Paxil Uses for more information about Paxil and children, to learn about specific Paxil indications, and to find out how the medication works for various conditions within the brain.)
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