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Five years ago, I was suffering from depression, and took Paroxetine for about half a year, then recovery. A month ago, it seem to relapse, but is not serious. I have take Lumiday for two weeks, it is useful for me. Now I have a question. Can I take Lu

Five years ago, I was suffering from depression,  and took  Paroxetine for about half a year,  then recovery.
A month ago, it seem to relapse, but is not serious. I have take Lumiday for two weeks, it is useful for me. Now I have a question.
Can I take Lu

Daily? No proof: Lumiday is a dietary supplement marketed in States for natural mood enhancement. However, unlike prescription & OTC medications, there is no requirement to prove safety & effectiveness prior to selling product. So your guess is as good as mine. Better yet, go see your Family Doc or whoever prescribed Paroxetine 5yrs ago. Ask for referral for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is as good as drugs ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Gad/depression well managed w/paxil for 2mos. The last week my symptoms have increased- need to take 1-2 ativan/day to cope. Advice/is this normal?

Add CBT: I would suggest finding a skilled cognitive behavioral therapist to assist with psychological portion along with your physician who manages medication. That way, you are working with a medical doctor to manage medications while having a therapist assist with cognitive restructuring, providing behavioral tools (such as worry exposure), and other techniques for coping. Good luck! ...Read more

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Been on Paxil (paroxetine) 16 years not working but can't get off it on 50 mg I'm depressed what can I add to it or take or cross taper for depression ?

Cross tapering Paxil (paroxetine): With Prozac is a good choice but requires assessment, monitoring for return of symptoms for which paxil (paroxetine) was prescribed, and adjustments based on side effects experienced during the cross taper. I accepted your request earlier today and we'll be happy to discuss this with you further. ...Read more

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I was put on Paxil (paroxetine) for depression and anxiety, well its been about a week and not only am i still depressed, i feel like my anxiety has doubled! help.

Paxil (paroxetine): Try not to fret. It will take at least 2 to 6 weeks once on Paxil (paroxetine) (at whatever is the right dose for you) for you appreciate the improvement. While your brain is adjusting the Paxil (paroxetine) could cause you to feel temporarily worse. Take care. ...Read more

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Have gad/depression.Took Paxil (paroxetine) 10mg for 1 week, 20mg for the last 2.5. I'm not sad, but i'm not happy, and still somewhat anxious- taking lorazepam prn. How do I know if the dose should be increased?

Have gad/depression.Took Paxil (paroxetine) 10mg for 1 week, 20mg for the last 2.5. I'm not sad, but i'm not happy, and still somewhat anxious- taking lorazepam prn. How do I know if the dose should be increased?

Only Time will tell: Treatment of anxiety disorders with ssris takes longer and higher doses for most people than does depression. While 20 mg is toward the low end for anxiety, best to let is just work for another 1.5 weeks; if no change in mood or anxiety, then dosage increase is reasonable. If there is improvement in either in 10 days, then sit tight and watch for another ten-14 days. Gentleness is the key. ...Read more

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Are there different levels of anxiety and depression? I feel mine is bad. I take Paxil (paroxetine) and slowly tapering off klonopin but orig. 1 mg per day?

Are there different levels of anxiety and depression? I feel mine is bad. I take Paxil (paroxetine) and slowly tapering off klonopin but orig. 1 mg per day?

Levels of anxiety: Yes, anxiety and depression may have different levels of intensity. Hoping you're working with a psychiatrist on yours, and discussing any medication changes before doing them. Adding cognitive behavioral therapy to your treatment may be helpful also. ...Read more

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I'm on paxil and it's not helping with my depression. Doctor wants me to take abilify (aripiprazole) and stop paxil. Could I have bad side affects? Will it work?

I'm on paxil and it's not helping with my depression. Doctor wants me to take abilify (aripiprazole) and stop paxil. Could I have bad side affects? Will it work?

Not a antidepressant: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an anti-psychotic. Some Dr's use it for bi-polar or as a additional drug for major depression. If this Dr is not a specialist, you might want to find a psychiatrist for better management. Paxil is one of several SSRIs - another might work. In any case, you need a taper from it to avoid w/drawal risks (serotonin syndrome). Also, consider talk therapy to optimize treatment success. Best! ...Read more

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Xanax was prescribed to me to use when needed? I take a antidepressant, paxil (paroxetine). Both were miracle drugs and solved about all depression/anxietyissues

Xanax was prescribed to me to use when needed?  I take a antidepressant, paxil (paroxetine). Both were miracle drugs and solved about all depression/anxietyissues

Not sure of question: Depression/anxiety often go together.Several medications can be used as part of treatment of both problems. Paxil (paroxetine) is a good choice for both problems. Xanax can be appropriate for short term use at low doses for anxiety.However it can easily create tolerance and dependence, so dosing amount and frequency is critical to know.Also, it is important to also use nondrug treatments to manage these issues. ...Read more

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Can i take mucnixex dm for a cough? I am taking atenolol for fast heartrate and Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety and depression? Please advise.

Can i take mucnixex dm for a cough? I am taking atenolol for fast heartrate and Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety and depression? Please advise.

DM better avoided!: The dm in musinex dm is dextromethorphan that interacts with Paxil (paroxetine) in ways that could be very serious, so it should not be taken while taking paxil. Musinex d would be a much safer alternative. Suggest seeing your primary care provider if symptoms become worse or are not improving. ...Read more

Drink In Moderation (Definition)

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to problems. However, drinking in moderation may offer some health benefits, especially for your heart. Up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men may actually improve your health, but more than that can lead to serious problems. If you drink too much, set a daily or weekly limit for yourself. Avoid drinking when you're upset or alone. Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home. Make a list of reasons not to drink. Ask for help ...Read more


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Paroxetine (Definition)

Brand name paxil, (paroxetine) it's an ssri used for treating depression, anxiety, ocd, and several other conditions. It ...Read more