Generic Name:

Paroxetine Hydrochloride



Medication Class:


Active Ingredient:

Paroxetine Hydrochloride, Paroxetine Hydrochloride Hemihydrate

Pregnancy Category:

Usually not recommended (Category D)

About this medication

Paxil is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called SSRI.

Why is this medication prescribed

This medication is typically used for treating depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

How does it work

It works by increasing the amounts of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.

How to use it

This medication comes as a tablet. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water. Do not chew, break or crush it. Swallow it whole.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Studies show that when pregnant women use the medication, some babies are born with problems related to the medication. However, in some serious situations, the medication may still help the mother and the baby more than it might harm. Talk with your physician about it.

Last Update: May 13th 2017
Data sources: Label (May 13th 2017), FDA (May 31st 2015)