Depression, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are a few of the conditions that Paxil is licensed to treat. Other approved uses of Paxil include the treatment of social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. At this time, there are also several "off-label" Paxil uses, such as treating dementia, obesity, and alcoholism. Paxil is not approved for use in children or teenagers.
An Overview of Paxil Uses
Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) has been licensed to treat a number of conditions. These Paxil uses include treatment for:
- 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 Use for Depression
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Suicidal thoughts.
Paxil has been proven in large clinical trials to help adults with depression. However, keep in mind that many antidepressants (including Paxil) take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your depression symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first, sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. It usually takes at least four to six weeks before significant changes in mood occur. It is important to give Paxil a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).