Paxil (Paroxetine): online prescription management for depression, anxiety, & OCD

Psychiatry appointments online, from anywhere. Our licensed psychiatric clinicians diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). See if medications like Paxil make sense for your treatment plan.

What is Paxil?

Paxil (or paroxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It treats anxiety and depression by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain.

What is Paxil used for?

Paxil (and its generic version, paroxetine) can be prescribed to treat a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Some additional conditions Paxil treats include:

How Talkspace psychiatry works

Complete a brief assessment

Answer a few questions and we’ll match you with an online prescriber who meets your needs

Schedule your initial session

Once matched, schedule your live video psychiatry session.

Begin your treatment

Your online psychiatry prescriber will personalize your treatment, which may include medication and follow-ups.

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Get specialized psychiatric treatment from a licensed prescriber — all from the comfort of your home.


With Talkspace Psychiatry, the first step toward getting help is to complete a brief assessment. Once you’re matched with a psychiatric clinician, you’ll have a live video session where you’ll share how you’ve been feeling. From there, they’ll prescribe a treatment plan—if that includes a prescription (such as Paxil), you can get it from your local pharmacy. 

Paxil (Paroxetine) is taken in different forms, dosages, and frequency, depending on your mental health condition and the treatment plan prescribed by your provider. Paxil comes in different forms, but capsule form is the most common. Typically it is taken once a day at the same time every day.

It’s important to take Paxil and its generic form, Paroxetine, exactly as prescribed by your clinician. Side effects of Paxil are often mild, but can include nausea, sweating, loss of appetite, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, and more. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience chest pains or shortness of breath, painful erections that last four hours or more, or bleeding that won’t stop.

Paxil has been seen to improve mood, sleep, appetite, and energy levels. It often also works to decrease anxiety, fear, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. Paxil is prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety and its symptoms.

Paxil is an antidepressant so you might find that you sleep better and feel less anxious. If working properly, Paxil should help improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy. It works to reduce fear and anxiety as well as unwanted thoughts. Paxil should start being effective by 1-2 weeks after you start taking it. However, it can take 6-8 weeks or more to fully treat your depression or anxiety symptoms. 

Paxil is not classified as a habit-forming drug. However, after consistent misuse or abuse, it can become psychologically addictive. Only in instances where people misuse the medication does it potentially become addictive in this case. Take it as prescribed by your doctor to get the labeled benefits Paxil is prescribed for. 

Paxil and Xanax are not the same medication as they belong to different drug classes. Paxil, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), is an antidepressant, and Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

Paxil and Xanax are not the same medication as they belong to different drug classes. Paxil, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), is an antidepressant, and Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

Talk to your psychiatrist or healthcare professional about the possible risks and benefits associated with the above medications before starting treatment. It’s up to your psychiatric clinician’s professional judgment whether medication is prescribed. If you are in a life threatening situation – don’t use this site. Call +1 (800) 273-8255 or use these resources to get immediate help.