What is Paxil CR used for?

Paxil CR (paroxetine) is an extended-release version of an antidepressant medication. The tablet is formulated to dissolve slowly, delivering a steady amount of medicine to the body throughout the course of a day.

Paxil CR belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which treat depression and other mental health disorders by adjusting the level of the chemical serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating mood, sleep, appetite and pain. Paxil CR is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating major depressive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder in adults.

Continue Learning about Antidepressant

Are Antidepressants Safe to Take During Pregnancy?
Are Antidepressants Safe to Take During Pregnancy?
Research suggests that depression is diagnosed twice as often in women as it is in men, and it typically presents during a woman’s childbearing years....
Read More
Can antidepressants cause bone loss?
David Slovik, MDDavid Slovik, MD
Evidence is growing that serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular class of antidepressan...
More Answers
What is nortriptyline?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) is an antidepressant that can help people quit smoking. But it has not been ...
More Answers
What Is Treatment-Resistant Depression?
What Is Treatment-Resistant Depression?

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.