What is paroxetine?
Paroxetine is part of a family of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression. Rory-affiliated providers can prescribe paroxetine at lower doses than are typically required to treat anxiety and depression. At these lower doses, paroxetine may be effective in decreasing the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
The use of paroxetine for the treatment of hot flashes is an off-label use. Providers on the Rory platform have the discretion to prescribe paroxetine off-label if they believe it is an appropriate course of treatment based on a patient’s unique medical history, symptoms, and preferences.
Paroxetine is not appropriate for everyone—you and your provider will decide if paroxetine is appropriate for you. To learn more about who should not take paroxetine and the side effects that it may cause, including the boxed warning for increased suicidal thoughts in people under 25, please see the FAQ below regarding side effects and the important safety information for paroxetine.