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Is there a generic version of Paxil?

There is a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil, called paroxetine. It is available as a tablet in the same dosages as Paxil -- 10 milligrams (mg), 20 mg, 30 mg, and 40 mg. It is also available as an extended-release (long-acting) tablet, and as a liquid, just as Paxil is. Paxil and its generic equivalent treat depression, anxiety disorders, and some other mental illnesses by altering the level of the brain chemical serotonin. They belong to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.

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