Paxil, also known as paroxetine, is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorders. Paxil belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) which restores the balance of specific natural chemicals in the brain.

Paxil is taken orally in the form of regular tablets or extended-release tablets, depending on the prescription your doctor has given.

Common side effects users may experience when taking Paxil include decreased appetite, decreased sexual ability, heartburn, pain or tenderness in the eyes, passing gas and excessive sweating. If the side effects become severe, contact your doctor or other medical professional as soon as possible.

Occasionally, Paxil will be prescribed by doctors to treat severe premenstrual syndrome, premature ejaculation, post traumatic stress disorder and chronic headaches. It may be prescribed for other purposes as well.

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