FDA Approves GlaxoSmithKlein's Paxil

Paxil relieves a variety of emotional problems.

It can be prescribed for serious, continuing depression that interferes with your ability to function. Symptoms of this type of depression often include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, a persistent low mood, loss of interest in people and activities, decreased sex drive, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, suicidal thoughts, difficulty concentrating, and slowed thinking.

Paxil is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a disease marked by unwanted, but stubbornly persistent thoughts, or unreasonable rituals you feel compelled to repeat.

Paxil, manufactured by SmithKline Beecham, is an antidepressant in the same family as Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Luvox (fluvoxamine) and Celexa (citalopram). All these are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs); however, Paxil is chemically unrelated to the others and to other types of antidepressants. Paxil comes in tablets and does not have to be taken with food.

Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized and social anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and panic disorders with or without the fear of being in open or public places. Paxil falls within the general category of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), and is commonly prescribed to males and females, adolescents, adults and senior adults. Paxil should only be prescribed and taken under the supervision of a licensed physician.

Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It works by restoring the balance of serotonin,a natural substance in the brain, which helps to improve certain mood problems.

Paxil is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.