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Paxil is an antidepressant sometimes used to help those with anxiety. HealthCentral expert Marcia Purse recently wrote a post explaining about this medication and I thought it may be useful to some of our members on the AnxietyConnection site:
Medications for Bipolar - Paxil (Paroxetine)
Paxil - generic paroxetine - is an antidepressant that works by increasing the amount of serotonin between nerve cells in the brain, which has been shown to improve depression. There is a controlled-release version called Paxil CR.
Paxil is generally a safe medication, but there are some important cautions and some possible rare but serious side effects.
One of the most serious cautions is that increased bleeding can be caused in people who take paroxetine with Coumadin (generic warfarin), which is a drug used to help prevent blood clots. For a more complete list, see Paroxetine under "What special precautions should I follow?"
Rarely, Paxil use may lead to mania or hypomania. Sometimes this happens in people who already have bipolar disorder; it can also happen to people who seem to have depression, since bipolar disorder is frequently not recognized at first.
Some of the common side effects of Paxil and paroxetine are:
Several new medications for the treatment of depression have been introduced over the last 20 years. What has been missing is any consistent data about the effectiveness of these "second-generation" antidepressants.
A team of researchers have now reviewed 117 controlled trials to compare second-generation antidepressants for the acute treatment of unipolar major depressive disorder in adults. The medications were reviewed for efficacy (effectiveness), patient acceptability, and cost.
Researchers reviewed 117 controlled trials of second-generation antidepressants.
These trials had a total of 25,928 participants.
The antidepressants compared were:
Medications were judged by the proportion of patien...
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