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What Is Paroxetine Mesylate Used For?

Can Children Use It?

Paroxetine mesylate is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age. In studies of children with major depression, it was not effective for depression treatment. This medication may also increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, adolescents, and young adults (see Pexeva and Suicide).
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Paroxetine mesylate is removed from the body more slowly in older adults than in younger age groups. Therefore, it is generally recommended that older adults receive a lower starting dose of this medication (usually 10 mg a day) and no more than 40 mg a day. In addition, older adults may have an increased risk for certain side effects of paroxetine mesylate, including low blood sodium (hyponatremia) (see Precautions and Warnings With Paroxetine Mesylate).
 

Is Paroxetine Mesylate Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some potential off-label uses for paroxetine mesylate include the following:
 
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