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Paroxetine (generic drug for brand name Paxil) is a prescription anti-depressant medication commonly used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other behavior disorders. It works by affecting certain chemicals in the brain to prevent them from becoming unbalanced and causing psychological problems. Your veterinarian may prescribe an antidepressant if you pet has been diagnosed with a behavior disorder or to aid in the treatment of associated symptoms. Consult with your veterinarian before administering this medication and follow their specific guidelines for use.