Paxil is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), which is prescribed for the treatment of depression, social anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress.

The drug works by restoring the balance of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps in improving certain mood problems.

An oral medication, Paxil can be taken with or without meals. The drug has to be taken regularly for good results and it should not be discontinued in the middle of a course. The drug should not be crushed, chewed or broken as it has to be slowly absorbed into the body.

Before taking Paxil, you have to inform your doctor about all you medical conditions, including your allergies to any particular medicine, food or any substance. Do not hesitate to tell your doctor if you have kidney/liver/heart problems, blood clotting problems, epilepsy, seizures bipolar disorders and if you have a history of suicidal thoughts.

When taking the drug, you have to be under the constant watch of your doctor. You might have thoughts of suicide during the first few days of taking the drug, especially if you are younger. You have to contact your doctor if you come experience mood or behavior changes, troubled sleeping and anxiety or if you have thoughts about suicide.

The drug is rated FDA pregnancy category D, which means it can cause harm to the fetus, including heart defects or even life-threatening lung problems. It is also known that the drug is excreted into breast milk. So better mothers do not breast feed when taking the drug.