Please consult your physician before taking any medication. Brand name: Paxil Generic name: Paroxetine hydrochloride Why is Paxil prescribed? Paxil relieves a variety of emotional problems. It can be prescribed for serious, continuing depression that interferes with your ability to function. Symptoms of this type of depression often include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, a persistent low mood, loss of interest in people and activities, decreased sex drive, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, suicidal thoughts, difficulty concentrating, and slowed thinking. Paxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.