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What is Paxil?

Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) is an antidepressant medication that is part of a family of drugs called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paxil is sold as Seroxat outside of the United States and as Paxil (paroxetine HCl) in the United States.

Paxil is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults. Recently, GlaxoSmithKline PLC applied to the Food & Drug Administration for permission to market Paxil as an effective treatment for acute social phobia, an extreme form of shyness.
Paxil is available in tablet and liquid form. Paxil liquid is orange-flavored and orange-colored. Each 5 mL dose contains the equivalent of 10 mg of Paxil. The liquid should be shaken well before using, and stored at or below 77 F (25 C). Paxil tablets are oval-shaped and film-coated to make swallowing easier. They are available in various strengths, and come in different colors according to their strength.

• Yellow: 10 mg, marked on the front with "PAXIL," on the back with "10."
• Pink: 20 mg, marked on the front with "PAXIL," on the back with "20."
• Blue: 30 mg, marked on the front with "PAXIL," on the back with "30."
• Green: 40 mg, marked on the front with "PAXIL," on the back with "40."

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