Definition of paroxetine
: a drug C19H20FNO3 that enhances serotonin activity and is usually administered in the form of its hydrochloride to treat depression
Origin and Etymology of paroxetine
perhaps from International Scientific Vocabulary par- (alteration of piperidine) + ox- + methyl + 2-ine
First Known Use: 1977See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of paroxetine
: a drug that functions as an SSRI and is usually taken orally in the form of its hydrochloride C19H20FNO3·HCl or mesylate C19H20FNO3·CH4O3S to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder and to relieve symptoms (such as hot flashes) of menopause ◆Trademarks for paroxetine include Brisdelle, Paxil, and Pexeva.
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