Paroxetine, an antidepressant drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Corporation under the brand name Paxil®, is one of the most widely used psychiatric drugs ever developed. It is commonly prescribed by psychiatrists in cases of major depressive disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and other life-threatening mental illnesses. Paxil is a powerful drug that affects the brain’s use of a naturally-occurring neurochemical called serotonin.
However, although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Paxil have had great success, that success has come at a substantial price for some. The evidence that Paxil is physically addictive is substantial; severe withdrawal symptoms can follow any interruption in its use. Many researchers believe that Paxil can put users at an increased risk for suicide as well, and warnings to that effect have been issued by several national and international health authorities.
The effects of Paxil have led thousands of people to retain the services of a Paxil lawyer in order to file class action lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline and others.