Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced.

Paroxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

The Brisdelle brand of paroxetine is used to treat hot flashes related to menopause. Brisdelle is not for treating any other conditions.

Paroxetine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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  • Paroxetine
  • Commonly reported side effects of paroxetine include ejaculatory disorder, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, weakness, erectile dysfunction, male genital disease, drowsiness, headache, delayed ejaculation, xerostomia, diaphoresis, and decreased libido. Other side effects include infection, orgasm disturbance, blurred vision, visual disturbance, impotence, lack of concentration, vasodilatation, female genital tract disease, tremor, paresthesia, anxiety, decreased appetite, yawning, and abnormal dreams. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
  • Paroxetine (oral tablet, extended release, oral tablet, oral suspension, oral capsule) Please confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.