What is Paroxetine hydrochloride?

Paroxetine hydrochloride is used to treat a variety of emotional disorders and is prescribed for serious depression that interferes with a person's ability to function. It is also given to people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, panic or anxiety disorders, or post traumatic distress. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI); serotonin is believed to be a chemical in the brain that controls moods. When functioning normally, it is quickly reabsorbed after its release at the junctures between nerves. This drug slows the reuptake inhibitors, which in turn boosts the levels of serotonin available in the brain. The brand name for this drug is Paxil. 

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