How Effective Is Paxil?
Several studies have looked at the effects of Paxil on a variety of conditions.
Studies have shown Paxil to be effective for depression treatment in adults. People taking the drug had more improvement in their depression symptoms, compared to those not taking it. Also, long-term studies have shown that Paxil can help prevent relapse (when depression comes back).
In studies, up to 24 percent of adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who took Paxil felt their OCD was "much improved," compared to only 11 percent of those who were not taking it. Only 3 to 7 percent of people taking Paxil felt that their OCD was worse, compared to 14 percent of people not on it.
Two studies looked at using Paxil to treat adults with panic disorder. Up to 76 percent of people taking the drug were free from panic attacks, compared to only 44 percent of those not taking it. Paxil has not been studied in children or teens with panic disorder.
Social Anxiety Disorder
In studies on treating social anxiety disorder, up to 77 percent of adults showed improvement while taking Paxil, compared to only 42 percent of those not taking it.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Studies have shown that more people with generalized anxiety disorder taking Paxil have more improvement in their anxiety symptoms, compared to people not taking it. Also, long-term studies have shown that Paxil can help prevent relapse (when anxiety comes back).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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.