Paxil is an anti-depressant and is prescribed for a serious, continuing depression that interferes with a person's 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 an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental condition that is manifested by persistent thoughts and uncontrolled bodily movements.
Paroxetine (pa-ROX-uh-teen) is a generic term for Paxil. It is used to treat mental depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder also known as social phobia. Paroxetine belongs to a group of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines are thought to work by increasing the activity of the chemical serotonin in the brain. This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Some possible serious side-effects that include violent behavior and agitation. A small group of people who take Paxil are at a serious risk of violence and suicide. A number of civil law suits have been filed and won against the manufacturer of Paxil.