Paxil FAQ

Like many SSRI drugs, Paxil is a prescription drug used to control mood disorders and depression. An SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) affects the level of serotonin in the brain and helps to elevate the user’s mood. Paxil is a heavily prescribed drug, commonly used for the treatment of major depression, as well as several psychological disorders (post-traumatic stress, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, generalized anxiety) in adults. Because it is so frequently prescribed, it means it is easy to acquire and therefore easy to abuse, often leading to addiction.

While considered to be physically non-addictive, Paxil can be addictive psychologically. Dependency on Paxil happens when a person begins to feel better. They’ve increased their level of serotonin in the brain and anxiety becomes less and less. However, sometimes there are cases where the new state of mind doesn’t seem good enough to the person. More of the drug is consumed, or it’s taken more frequently than is prescribed, all to lift their mood even higher. This need to further elevate their mood and escape what’s real turns into an addiction to Paxil.

Breaking away from an addiction to Paxil can be difficult, as there are both physical and psychological side effects to contend with. Don’t attempt this alone. Contact The Recovery Village where we have specialists who can help you get the assistance you need.