Can You Get High on Paroxetine?

Have you heard of Paroxetine before? No?

How about Paxil?

Starting to ring some bells now?

It’s a well-known antidepressant of the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) variety. You probably know how recreational drug enthusiasts feel about antidepressants.

Anywhere there’s mood enhancement; there’s a possibility the drug could be used to help provide a boost to otherwise healthy individuals. Is the Paroxetine high similar in this regard?

The Development of Paroxetine

Unlike some drugs, whose antidepressant properties were discovered after development, Paroxetine was developed with the express purpose of finding an antidepressant that mitigated the side effects of similar alternatives:

“In the late 1960s research was begun to develop antidepressant agents that would be selective inhibitors of serotonin reuptake.”

“The antidepressants then available, the tricyclic antidepressants, inhibited the reuptake not only of serotonin but also of other monoamines such as noradrenaline–and it is this activity, together with anticholinergic actions, that is responsible for many of the adverse effects such as cardiac toxicity.”

Paroxetine was a success in that regard, and continues to see use to this day in the treatment of mood disorders under its many brand names: Paxil, Pexeva, Seroxat, Brisdelle, and Rexetin to name a few.

The Paxil brand, which is what is commonly sold in the United States, came into existence in the early 1990s.

It is available by prescription only and comes as an oral tablet in varying strengths. How do users of this drug feel about its efficacy?

What Is Paroxetine?

Let’s turn to our good friends at for assistance. They’ve got a pretty succinct explanation:

“Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression, anxiety, or other disorders.”

So, Paroxetine can subtly affect mood and help people with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, but that’s not the full scope of its utility. We’ll cover some more uses momentarily.

Paroxetine is well suited for treating anxiety and depression symptoms. However, it’s not the best choice for everyone as studies have shown.

Teenagers with depression (or depressive-like disorders) are not good candidates for Paroxetine. Researchers are also investigating its ability to help with premature ejaculation and irritable bowel syndrome:

“Paroxetine is an effective therapy for premature ejaculation. Paroxetine 20 mg daily and scheme on-demand (20 mg 4-6 hours before the intercourse) appears similar like effective options.”

“Antidepressants are recommended for severe or refractory symptoms of pain, and may be helpful for other IBS symptoms like constipation.”

Does Paroxetine Get You High?

Based on some comments, Paroxetine seems well suited for controlling feelings of anxiety and depression:

“Hi there, I’m a 22 y/o female. For the last eleven years, I had severe anxiety. I would wake up, continue my day and go to sleep with constant anxiety. My self-esteem and self-respect were in peril.

It hurt me every day to look at myself in the mirror with so much hate in my heart. About a month ago I talked to my doc about it. She took me seriously and prescribed me Paxil. My life is chang