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Can Paxil affect my teen's growth?

The antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) may cause decreased appetite and weight loss in some children and teens who take it, which can have an indirect impact on growth. Your teen's doctor may monitor your teen's height and weight closely during treatment with Paxil.

Paxil belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which treat depression by adjusting the level of the chemical serotonin in the brain. Although Paxil is approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for adults, doctors sometimes prescribe it "off label" to treat depression and other mental illnesses in children and teens.

Major depressive disorder affects about 5% of teens, and studies show that more than 60% of teens who are depressed improve when they take an SSRI. Talk to your teen's doctor to weigh Paxil's potential risks and benefits for your child.

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