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)
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
Generic Name: ESCITALOPRAM - ORAL Pronounced: (es-sye-TAL-oh-pram) Lexapro Oral Uses
Escitalopram is an antidepressant (selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitor-SSRI) used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by
restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters such as
serotonin) in the brain. Escitalopram may improve your feelings of well-being
and energy level and decrease nervousness.
How To Use Lexapro Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking
escitalopram and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as
directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning or evening. Take it
at the same time each day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and
response to treatment. If you are using the liquid form of this me...
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