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Brand & Generic Names; Drug Classes

US brand name: Paxil
Generic name: paroxetine

Drug Class(es)

Primary drug class: Antidepressants
Additional drug class(es): Anxiolytics/Anti-anxiety Serotonin-Selective Reuptake Inhibitors

Approved & Off-Label Uses (Indications)

Paxil’s US FDA Approved Treatment(s)

Immediate-Release Paxil (paroxetine) Indications:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Paxil CR (controlled-release paroxetine) Indications:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Uses Approved Overseas but not in the US

Off-Label Uses of Paxil

Anxiety Spectrum Disorders

Miscellaneous Common/Significant Off-Label Uses

  • Headaches
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Premature ejaculation (I wonder why)

Less Common Off-Label Uses

When & If Paxil Will Work

Paxil’s Usual Onset of Action (when it starts working)

Like all SSRIs two-to-four, sometimes even six weeks. Return to Table of Contents

Likelihood of Working

That all depends on what you’re taking it for. It’s not really that great of an antidepressant, but a pretty decent med for the alphabet soup of anxiety and is especially good for GAD, SAnD (though not as good as Zoloft), PMDD, and panic disorders without agoraphobia.

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Taking and Discontinuing

How to Take Paxil

Immediate Release (IR)

The initial dosage is 10mg for Panic Disorder and 20mg for everything else. For GAD, PTSD, and Social Anxiety Disorder 20mg a day is the target dosage. For OCD and Panic Disorder it’s 40mg a day. There is no target dosage for MDD, just a maximum of 50mg a day and that 30mg a day was the average effective dosage in the clinical trials.

The dose is increased 10mg a day per week, until you reach the target dosage and/or something that works. You take it once a day, usually in the morning.

Controlled release (CR)

The initial dosage is 25mg a day for MDD, 12.5mg a day for everything else. The is no target dosage for any condition, which is highly unusual, albeit extremely sane for any crazy med. The maximum dosages are: 62.5mg a day for MDD, 75mg a day for Panic Disorder, 37.5mg a day for Social Anxiety Disorder, and 25mg a day for PMDD.

We at Crazymeds suggest starting at 5–10mg (IR) or 12.5mg (CR) a day for everything, and increasing by 5–10/12.5 mg a day per week only if you need to.
Unless SSRIs usually keep you awake, we suggest you should first try taking it at night. Return to Table of Contents

How to Stop Taking Paxil (discontinuation / withdrawal)

Very, very slowly and very, very carefully. Regardless of how quickly you increased your dosage (titrated), the tapering (discontinuation schedule) we suggest is at the same rate as our suggested titration: 5–10mg a day per week for the immediate release form and 12.5mg a day per week for the controlled release form. So if you’re taking 37.5mg a day of Paxil CR you should take 25mg a day one week, 12.5mg a day the next week, and with any luck you should be OK to stop taking it all together by the end of week two. While most people should have only mild, if any, discontinuation symptoms using that schedule, plenty of people will still have problems. Before you begin, talk to your doctor about a short prescription of 5 & 10 mg IR tablets even if you take Paxil CR, and a week’s worth of Prozac. Return to Table of Contents

Paxil’s Pros and Cons


As the most potent SSRI on the US market, Paxil can be just the thing for severe conditions in the anxiety spectrum. Return to Table of Contents


As the most potent SSRI on the US market Paxil has the absolute worst SSRI discontinuation symptoms of any SSRI, and gives the SNRIs a run for their money in discontinuation syndrome suckage. It also has the worst sexual side effects of any SSRI, maybe of any crazy med. Return to Table of Contents

Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Paxil

Paxil one of those meds that if you stop taking it and start up again, it won’t work as well as it used to. For some people that includes stopping for just a couple of days, experiencing the hell of SSRI discontinuation syndrome, and then swearing you’ll never, ever stop taking your meds again. You have to be totally med compliant or it could be a pointless waste of time, money and suffering.
Paxil is less likely to work / doesn’t work as well for post-menopausal women. Which just figures, because it’s also pregnancy category D. Return to Table of Contents

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Giving you a libido-ectomy, followed by the SSRI discontinuation syndrome from Hell. Return to Table of Contents

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Paxil’s Potential Side Effects

Potential Side Effects All Crazy Meds Have

No matter which neurological and/or psychiatric drug you take, you’ll probably get one or more of these side effects. These will usually be gone, or at least will diminish to the point where you barely notice it most of the time, within a week or two.

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness / fatigue - even when taking stimulants in some circumstances.
  • Insomnia, instead of or alternating with the drowsiness.
  • Nausea
  • Assorted other minor GI complaints (constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Generally feeling spacey / out of it
    • Which can all add up to the ever-helpful “flu-like symptoms” listed as an adverse event on the PI sheet of practically every medication on the planet used to treat almost any condition humans and other animals could have.1
  • All crazy meds can, and probably will affect your dreams as well. There is no way of telling if that will be good or bad, let alone if this side effect is permanent or temporary.
  • Any of the above side effects you see listed again below means they’re even more likely to happen and/or stick around longer and/or are worse than most other meds.

Typical Potential Side Effects

The usual for SSRIs - headache, nausea, dry mouth, sweating, sleepiness or insomnia (it’s a coin toss), constipation - pretty bad for some people, feature and not bug for anyone with IBS - weight gain and assorted sexual dysfunctions. Everyone I’ve read on the subject of how long side effects last (Dr. Stephen Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: The Prescriber’s Guide, Dr. Diamond’s Instant Psychopharmacology, Dr. Drummond’s The Complete Guide to Psychiatric Drugs , Preston et al.’s Consumer’s Guide To Psychiatric Drugs’‘) agrees that everything but the weight gain and loss of libido usually goes away within a couple of weeks. Paxil is notorious for having the worst impact on your libido of all SSRIs. Return to Table of Contents

Uncommon Potential Side Effects

Motion sickness/vertigo, food tasting weird (taste perversion), making the symptoms worse.

Because Paxil is so potent the amount of extra serotonin you get, and where you get it, can interfere with dopamine. That can result in a variety of side effects usually associated with antipsychotics, such as gynecomastia (man boobs), galactorrhea (leaky tits, regardless of gender), and movement disorders such as: akathisia, EPS, TD, and NMS. See the page on drug-induced movement disorders for more information about those scary, but easily fixed (you stop taking the med) side effects. Return to Table of Contents

Freaky Rare Side Effects

Enlargement of skin, pathological laughter, and vaginal anaesthesia. You could have quite a career in freaky fetish porn with those.

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What You Really Need to be Careful About

Taking Paxil every day at the same time. As with Effexor, some people have experienced the beginnings of SSRI/SNRI discontinuation syndrome if they’re even an hour late with their dose.

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Pregnancy Category

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Paxil’s Half-Life & How Long Until It Clears Your System

Immediate release: Half-life 21 hours, plasma clearance 4–5 days. Controlled release: Half-life 15 to 20 hours, plasma clearance 4 days.

Steady State

Steady state reached in 10 days.

Half-life is the average time it takes for you to process half of the drug’s active ingredient. If a drug has a half-life of around 24 hours and you take a dose of 100mg, you’ll have roughly the equivalent a 50mg dose after one day, a 25mg dose after two days, and so on. The rule of thumb is: multiply the half-life by five and you get how long it is for the dose you took to be cleared from your bloodstream2, so there’s nothing swimming around to attach itself to your brain and start doing stuff. That’s called “plasma clearance.” Complete clearance is a complex equation based on a lot of factors which may or may not: be published in the PI sheet, include personal data like your weight, or even completely figured out by corporate and independent researchers. It usually winds up being 2–5 days after plasma clearance no matter what3, but can take weeks. Sometimes a drug will clear from your brain and other organs before it clears from your blood.

Steady state is the flipside of half-life. This is when you can expect to get over side effects caused by fluctuating amounts of a medication in your bloodstream. Often, but not always the same amount of time as the plasma clearance above.

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How paroxetine Works

the current best guess at any rate
As a potent SSRI your neurons get to marinate in a lot more serotonin for far longer than they otherwise would. It may also affect sigma-1 receptors like Zoloft and Luvox do, which would further enhance its anti-anxiety effects. Paxil could also have enough norepinephrine reuptake inhibition properties to make some kind of difference, but that’s probably just enough to be a factor - along with a half-life of less than a day - in making the discontinuation syndrome so hellish.

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Active Ingredient

  • Paxil: paroxetine hydrochloride * Pexeva: paroxetine mesylate

The active ingredient is usually the same as the generic name, but more often than not it’s a chemical salt of the substance identified as the generic. E.g. Fluoxetine is the generic for Prozac, but the active ingredient is fluoxetine hydrochloride (or HCl). It usually doesn’t make much of a difference outside of the more esoteric aspects of a drug’s pharmacology, but not always.

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Shelf Life

Tablets: 3 years. Oral solution: 2 years (1 month after opening). Return to Table of Contents

Paxil’s Noted Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions

Paxil (paroxetine) + tamoxifen = that breast cancer isn’t going anywhere.

Paxil’s interference with tamoxifen’s transformation into its active metabolite is so profound, and well-known, that people taking tamoxifen are often advised to not take any SSRI, or even to not take any antidepressant. Admittedly most, but not all, SSRIs inhibit CYP2D6 to some degree, with Prozac (fluoxetine) being as bad as Paxil (paroxetine). While you’d have to be a poor metabolizer of CYP2D6 to be affected by all the rest of the SSRIs, the no-SSRI rule of thumb is a good one. But to avoid all antidepressants, even those which aren’t even metabolized by CYP2D6, is going a bit too far. Return to Table of Contents

Check for Other Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions Paxil may have at

Drugs.com’s drug-drug and drug-food interaction checker

It’s always a good idea to check for drug-drug interactions yourself. Just because most people in the crazy meds business know about really important interactions (e.g. MAOIs and a lot of stuff, warfarin and everything on the planet) doesn’t mean the person who prescribed your meds told you about them, or the pharmacist has all the meds you take at their fingertips like they’re supposed to. Or they have the time to do their jobs properly when not dealing with complete idiots or playing Angry Farmers on teh Faecesbooks.
Learn more about drug-everything interactions on our page of tips about taking crazy meds.

Name, Address, Serial Number (Generic and Overseas Availability)

Available in the US as a generic? Yes

Other Trade Names and Overseas Availability

Not including controlled/extended/sustained release suffixes (Efexor ER, Trevilor retard e.g.) or branded generics that are a hyphenate of the generic name and the drug company name (Apo-Citalopram e.g.).

Available as Paxil in These Countries

Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

Available as Paxil CR in These Countries

Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

Available as Generic Paroxetine in These Countries

Australia, Canada, EU, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK

Other Trade Names

  • Aropax: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay
  • Aroxat: Chile
  • Paroxet: Peru
  • Paxan: Colombia
  • Paxetin: Iceland
  • Paxxet: Israel
  • Seroxat: Columbia, Ireland, Peru, UK, EU
  • Setine: Taiwan
  • Tagonis: Germany
  • パキシル: Japan
  • 팍실: Korea

Transliterated, Overseas Trade and Branded Generic Names

  • Deparoc: South Africa
  • Deroxat: France
  • Divarius: France
  • Extine: Australia
  • Loxamine: New Zealand
  • Parax (anhydrous free base of paroxetine): South Africa
  • Paraxo (paroxetine mesylate): Australia
  • Paxtine: Australia
  • Pexeva (paroxetine mesylate): US
  • Serrapress: South Africa
  • XET: South Africa, India

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Shapes & Sizes (How Supplied)

  • Paxil immediate-release tablets:
    • Oval, film-coated, scored, with PAXIL on the front and the dosage on the back.
    • 10mg yellow
    • 20mg pink
    • 30mg blue
    • 40mg green
  • Paxil CR controlled-release tablets:
    • Round imprinted with dosage and GSK or Paxil CR,
    • 12.5 mg yellow,
    • 25 mg pink,
    • 37.5 mg blue
  • Oral Suspension
  • 10mg/5 mL Orange-colored, orange-flavored
Paxil 20 mg tablets
Paxil 20 mg Tablets

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Comments, PI Sheet, Ratings, Reviews and More


Loved by those for whom it works, loathed by those who had to stop taking it and/or whose sex life vanished, Paxil is one of the top meds people love to hate. Usually better for anxiety than depression. Because it is so potent you shouldn’t consider it as the first med to try, unless you’re too anxious to leave your house without being drugged stupid with a benzodiazepine.

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Give your overall impression of Paxil on a scale of 0 to 5.

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3.5 stars Rating 3.2 out of 5 from 185 criticisms.
Vote Distribution: 35 – 13 – 11 – 20 – 40 – 66

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If you’re still feeling judgmental as well as just mental4, please boost or destroy my self-confidence by honestly (and anonymously) rating this article on a scale of 0 to 5. The more value-judgments the better, even if you can criticize my work only once.

Get all judgmental about the Paxil (paroxetine ) Synopsis

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Pages and Forum Topics Google Thinks are Relevant to Your Mental Health

Full US PI sheet, Global SPCs & PILs, Other Consumer Review & Rating Sites, and Other Sites that may be of Interest

Paxil’s Full US Prescribing Information / PI Sheet

Official Sites

PI Sheets for Other Forms

PI Sheets from Around the World

Rating & Review Sites

Other Sites of Interest

DrugsDB.com’s Paxil Page Return to Table of Contents

Discussion board

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  1. Paxil’s Full US Prescribing Information
  2. Faught, Edward. “Topiramate in the treatment of partial and generalized epilepsy.” Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment 3.6 (2007): 811-821.
  3. Stahl, Stephen M. Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition Cambridge University Press 2008. ISBN:978–0521673761
  4. Julien, Robert M. Ph.D, Claire D. Advokat, and Joseph Comaty Primer of Drug Action: A comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs 12th edition Worth Publishers 2011. ISBN:978–1429233439
  5. Stahl, Stephen M. The Prescriber’s Guide (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition Cambridge University Press 2009. ISBN:978–0521743990
  6. Virani, Adil S., K. Bezchlibnyk-Butler, and J. Jeffries Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs 18th edition Hogrefe & Huber Publishers 2009. ISBN:978–0889373693
  7. Mosby’s Drug Consult 2007 (Generic Prescription Physician’s Reference Book Series) © 2007 ISBN:978-0323040587 An imprint of Elsevier
  8. Instant Psychopharmacology 2nd Edition Ronald J. Diamond MD © 2002. ISBN:978-0393703917 Published by W.W. Norton.
  9. The Complete Guide to Psychiatric Drugs Edward Drummond, MD © 2000. ISBN:0471353701 Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  10. PDR: Physicians’ Desk Reference 2010 64th edition
  11. Healing Anxiety & Depression Daniel G. Amen, M.D., and Lisa C. Routh, M.D. © 2003. Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  12. Sheldon Preskorn’s Applied Clinical Psychopharmacology www.preskorn.com Sheldon Preskorn, M.D. Chief Executive Officer of the Clincal Research Institute and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
  13. Conner TS, Jensen KP, Tennen H, Furneaux HM, Kranzler HR, Covault J. “Functional polymorphisms in the serotonin 1B receptor gene (HTR1B) predict self-reported anger and hostility among young men”. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 2010;153B(1):67-78. doi:10.1002/ajmg.b.30955. Published online 2012 March 26.
  14. Serotonin and premature ejaculation: from physiology to patient management.
  15. Association of 5-HT1B receptor gene and antisocial behavior in alcoholism.

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1 As well as being an indication of half of said conditions.

2 Based on Julien's calculations from A Primer of Drug Action, the half-life multiplied by five is the generally accepted estimate of how long it takes a single dose of any given drug to be eliminated from the blood stream/plasma of someone with a normal metabolism. That's also the rough estimate for steady state if they can't get, or won't provide a number for that.

3 For crazy meds. I have no idea what the average complete clearance is for other types of medications. For all I know there are drugs that utterly vanish from your system in under five passes, and others that won't let go of your squishy bits for years after you stop taking them.

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2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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