Commonly Used to Treat
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessional States
SOURCE: National Health Service
Monthly Prescription Rates
Daily Doses per 100,000 registered
patients by deprivation level

100 Doses

Disease prevalence statistics, reported by GPs as part of the Quality and Outcomes Framework, indicate English GPs diagnose a greater percentage of their patients as having suffered from depression and yet prescribe fewer antidepressant doses per registered patient.

To get a sense of how Northern Irish prescription rates for Paroxetine compare, consider a hypothetical based on the difference in rates between England and Northern Ireland.


If a single GP had an equal number of registered patients from Northern Ireland and England, 62 out of every 100 daily doses of Paroxetine would be prescribed to Northern Irish patients.

The graph at right models that difference for a random collection of 100 daily doses.

According to the NHS: "A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks." The HSCB encourages patients to get more information about specific medications via its Choice and Medication website.

PLEASE ... don't make health care decisions based on this report alone. We're not doctors. The data presented here are for the purpose of broad consideration. Information on particular drugs should not be considered exhaustive or necessarily applicable to your individual health.