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Please describe the medication: paxil (paroxetine)?

Please describe the medication: paxil (paroxetine)?

SSRI Antidepressant: Paxil (paroxetine) is an ssri antidepressant approved for treatment of unipolar (as opposed to bipolar) depression as well as a variety of anxiety-spectrum conditions. It carries a relatively greater risk of medication interactions & is considered to be less safe for a developing fetus as compared to some other antidepressants. All antidepressants have risk of emergent suicidal thinking in young people. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


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What are the side effects of paroxetine medication?

What are the side effects of paroxetine medication?

See below: Mild to moderate sedation, nausea, headahces though these tend to go away. Sexual side effects including reduced libido and delayed ejaculation do not tend to go away. Decreased sense of hunger and mild weight gain tends not to go away if present. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: paroxetine?

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

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I take Paxil (paroxetine) daily. Is it safe to have a few drinks while taking this medication?

I take Paxil (paroxetine) daily. Is it safe to have a few drinks while taking this medication?

Asking Doctors: No. When on is on drugs for mental health such as Paxil (paroxetine) one is advised not to drink alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant. Taking a depressant when one is depressed is not wise. ...Read more

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Missed 3 dosages of paroxetine, feeling very sick from withdrawal, today gotten back on medication - How long should it take to feel better again?

A few days: Medications such as paroxetine take several days to weeks to take effect and to lose effect. If you feel you are having withdrawal symptoms from missing doses, it may take a couple doses to get back up to normal levels. ...Read more

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I am taking 20mg of paxil (paroxetine) daily and lately been getting very dizzy ...should i switch to another medication or is this normal?

I am taking  20mg of paxil (paroxetine) daily and lately been getting very  dizzy ...should i switch to another medication or is this normal?

Paxil (paroxetine) side effects: Paxil (paroxetine) is a medication for treatment of depression. Symptoms of fatigue, headache, food cravings are likely symptoms of depression. Mouth surgery and orthopedic braces have induced or contributed to depression. Dizziness is a side effect of Paxil (paroxetine). Please see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and Treatment including Counseling, decreasing dose of Paxil (paroxetine), monitoring the depression. and side effects. ...Read more

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What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

Additive: Acohol has an additive sedating effect with all those meds. That you're taking that particular pharmacological cocktail implies you have a significant neuropsychiatric disorder. Alcoholmusevin these conditions can be detrimental. Please share your drinking history with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I recently discovered I take three medications that metabolize by the same liver enzyme, paroxetine 20mg, wellbutrin300mg, risperidone .75mg for 3 yea?

I recently discovered I take three medications that metabolize by the same liver enzyme, paroxetine 20mg, wellbutrin300mg, risperidone .75mg for 3 yea?

Med interactions: Medications taken together can have interactions with each other, in part because of what you noted--being metabolized by the same liver enzyme. These interactions can have the results of making medications either stronger or weaker (depending on the specific interaction). I would base the evaluation on whether the medications are addressing the symptoms--if not, you should let your doctor know. ...Read more

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I am taking lamotrigine for seziures and Paxil (paroxetine) for depression is there any cold medication I should avoid taking? If any?

Dextramethorphan: There have been reports of some people developing serotonin syndrome w/ otc cough meds that contain dextramethorphan ; ssris like paxil (paroxetine). Some symptoms are rapid heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, flushing, fever, tremors, muscle rigidity or in severe cases confusion, seizures ; coma. U should read the labels on the bottles. Some brands of robitussin, dimetapp or theraflu contain dxm. ...Read more

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How many months will require to treat panic disorder..?, i've already been on medication with paroxetine 12.5 md nd clonazepam 0.5 mg..?

How many months will require to treat panic disorder..?, i've already been on medication with paroxetine 12.5 md nd clonazepam 0.5 mg..?

Varies, but 4-6 wks: Many say it works quickly, but some of that is likely to be placebo effect. Each person may have a different reaction but many describe 4-6 weeks as a time frame to evaluate it. Changes in dose can also hit the target. Work with your doctor over the next months. Also, consider cbt psychotherapy as a way to learn skills that will help for other concerns too. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with -2 progestirone, could that be why i'm alwasy soooo tierd? It is very hard to function like a normal person. I am on medication for depression and anxiety. Paxil (paroxetine) every day and klonopin when needed.

I was diagnosed with -2 progestirone,  could that be why i'm alwasy soooo tierd? It is very hard to function like a normal person.  I am on medication for depression and anxiety.  Paxil (paroxetine) every day and klonopin when needed.

Maybe: It sounds like there are a lot of converging factors in your situation and I am not ruling out endocrinological contribution to your symptoms although i would point out that the side effect profile of paroxetine is important to acknowledge in your situation. On paroxetine alone patients can feel lethargic. And then add Clonazepam and the side effects could be amplified. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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Why is Lamictal used as an off-label anti anxiety medication? My doc just prescribed me 50mg daily and also taking Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg.

Why is Lamictal used as an off-label anti anxiety medication? My doc just prescribed me  50mg daily and also taking Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg.

Talk to your doc: i treat a lot of anxiety but don't use lamictal for it. you need to ask your doctor what his thought process was in choosing that medication. is it possible he thinks you have bipolar depression? there have been reports of lamictal being helpful for anxiety but its not a common or widely accepted treatment for anxiety. ...Read more

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I occasionally have numbness on parts of my head and limbs. Is this medication related (paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg, clonazepam 1 mg) or something serious?

I occasionally have numbness on parts of my head and limbs. Is this medication related (paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg, clonazepam 1 mg) or something serious?

Not likely the meds: It is not likely that the paxil (paroxetine) or the klonopin is causing a numb sensation in head or limbs. Sometimes an extended period of anxiety can cause a type of neuralgia that can feel like numbness. I'll presume you are not having panic attacks, which may cause neurologic symptoms. Suggest you report these symptoms to the physician prescribing the medications that you are taking. ...Read more

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I'm extremely anxious even taking Paxil (paroxetine) for my pmdd. Should i switch medication or talk to my doctor about adding something for anxiety. Suggestion?

Depends on dose: It depends on the length of time that you have been on the Paxil (paroxetine) and what the dose is. If you are on the maximum dose for 12 weeks or longer, you may need a switch to a different medication. ...Read more

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My depression and anxiety is so worse and i'm on my normal medication Paxil (paroxetine) 60mg concerta 36mg klonopin for panic attacks i've fake b vitamins , magnesium , vitamin d, folic and iron. ?

My depression and anxiety is so worse and i'm on my normal medication Paxil (paroxetine) 60mg concerta 36mg klonopin for panic attacks i've fake b vitamins , magnesium , vitamin d, folic and iron. ?

Need evaluation: You should see your psychiatrist ; inform him or her of your response to the treatment and to discuss a possible change in meds, such as effexor, (venlafaxine) Remeron or tricyclic antidepressant. If you do not respond to adequate trials of antidepressants, then you may need ect. You should also be evaluated for bipolar depression. In that case, i would recommend raising your seroquel ; lowering the paxil. ...Read more

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Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

No black box warning: No "black box warning" about sulfa drugs with paxil (paroxetine). It can inhibit many of the liver isoenzymes that metabolize other drugs, but there isn't a problem with sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Is Paxil (paroxetine) cr a safe drug to take for dep/anxiety? There's so much negative press on it...

Paxil (paroxetine) CR: It is used w good results by many. I think that 1 issue that brings it negative press can be a discontinuation syndrome that can occur when it is stopped (especially if cold turkey). Althought this can occur w other ssri meds, it can be fairly dramatic w paxil (paroxetine). I do find that some other ssri's tend to have fewer side effects but there is a potential for side effects w any medication. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it typical to have hypothyrodism 2 months after quiting Paxil (paroxetine) making the drug the culprit.?

Is it typical to have hypothyrodism 2 months after quiting Paxil (paroxetine) making the drug the culprit.?

Paxil (paroxetine): Paxil (paroxetine) is not associated with hypothyroidism, but sometimes hypothyroidism may exacerbate or be mistaken for depression. It's more likely you had a thyroid problem all along, but it was not diagnosed. It's certainly possible to have both depression and hypothyroidism, and both need treatment. Hoping you have not stopped your antidepressant too soon, as relapse can be more likely that way. ...Read more

Paxil (Definition)

Paroxetine is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more