Paxil (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.
Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Paxil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug paroxetine. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Paxil.
Common side effects of Paxil include nausea, insomnia, dizziness, weakness, erectile dysfunction, male genital disease, drowsiness, ejaculatory disorder, diarrhea, constipation, headache, diaphoresis, decreased libido, delayed ejaculation, and xerostomia. Other side effects include infection, blurred vision, visual disturbance, impotence, lack of concentration, vasodilatation, female genital tract disease, tremor, orgasm disturbance, paresthesia, anxiety, yawning, abnormal dreams, and decreased appetite. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) tablet, film coated, oral suspension General dosage information for the active ingredient contained in Paxil: Paroxetine (oral tablet, extended release, oral tablet, oral suspension, oral capsule) Other Paxil formulations: Paxil CR (paroxetine hydrochloride) tablet, film coated, extended release Please confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.