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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...

[Patients] may have thoughts about suicide when [starting] an antidepressant such as Paxil, especially if ... younger than 24 years old. [D}octor[s] will need to check [in] at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.

[Patient must report any] new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, or if you become pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without first talking to your doctor.

Paxil [cannot be mixed] together with pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate)...

FDA pregnancy category D. Paxil may cause heart defects or serious, life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers take the medication during pregnancy. However, [patient] may have a relapse of depression if [she ceases taking Paxil] during pregnancy. If ... planning a pregnancy, or ... becom[ing] pregnant while taking Paxil, do not stop taking the medication without ... doctor [supervision]. Paroxetine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication ... if breast-feeding a baby. - Drugs.com

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