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Can I give paroxetine to my child?

Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva) is a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a type of antidepressant used to treat a wide range of mental health disorders. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved paroxetine for children and adolescents under the age of 18, but some doctors do prescribe it to younger patients.

There are, however, some serious issues with giving this medicine to children. Some children and even young adults under age 24 can become suicidal while taking antidepressants, including paroxetine. It is not clear if this is because they are taking the medicine or if they are more predisposed to suicidal thoughts because they have a mental health condition.

If your child is taking paroxetine, play close attention to his or her behavior to see if symptoms are worsening. Look for increased anxiety, hostility, sleeping problems, restlessness, impulsive behavior and talk of suicide or preoccupation with dying.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.