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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:
Generic Name: PAROXETINE CONTROLLED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (pair-OX-eh-teen) Paxil CR Oral Uses
Paroxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
(SSRI) used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder
(OCD), anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a severe form of
premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).
SSRIs work by helping to restore the balance of certain
natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters such as serotonin).
Paroxetine may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may
help restore your interest in daily living. It may decrease
anxiety/unreasonable fears, persistent/troubling thoughts (obsessions), and
unwanted urges that keep returning (compulsions). It may decrease the number
and severity of panic attacks. Paroxetine may lessen premenstrual symptoms such
as irritability, increased appetite, and depression.
How To Use Paxil CR Oral
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