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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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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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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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Hello, my doctor would like to add another medication to Paxil which I use for (gad), he suggested Buspar (buspirone) or wellbutrin, which combo is better?

Hello, my doctor would like to add another medication to Paxil which I use for (gad), he suggested Buspar (buspirone) or wellbutrin, which combo is better?

For GAD, BuSpar (buspirone): Buspar (buspirone) works on its own in gad. If you do not have depression, then you may be able to come off the Paxil and just use the Buspar (buspirone) for gad. I always dose this conservatively: Buspar (buspirone) 5mg twice a day for one week, the 10mg twice a day for one week then 15 mg twice a day after that. I hope you feel better soon. Håper du vil føle deg bedre! (i love your city. My relatives came from south of oslo.). ...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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Have tried paxil and effexor (venlafaxine) for Gad but are not sufficientyl effective? Which medication can be added or substituted?

Have tried paxil and effexor (venlafaxine) for Gad but are not sufficientyl effective? Which medication can be added or substituted?

Beyond medication: Use some behavioral / psychological interventions such as found in a book called "Hope and help for your nerves" by Claire Weekes and visit the website www. Relaxationresponse. Org Peace and good health.
How is your diet? How is your exercise level? Ask doc about them. ...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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Can I crush my medications since I'm unable to swallow such as Paxil, Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) and others?

Can I crush my medications since I'm unable to swallow such as Paxil, Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) and others?

Some of them: Yes you can crush some medicines. As a general rule you cannot crush any capsules nor should you crush any pills which are extended release, sustained release or timed release eg. Meds which are "XR" or "CR" etc. So it is better to ask your doc or look up online on sites like webmd ...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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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'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?

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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Took 10 mg lexapro 5 mg of Buspar one day. Took 5 mg lexapro 2.5 mg Buspar 2 days. Today is 3rd day off it. Burning sensations through body. Leg cramps. Is this some bad side effects I’m having from these medications? Same affects when took PAXIL

Took 10 mg lexapro 5 mg of Buspar one day. Took 5 mg lexapro 2.5 mg Buspar 2 days. Today is 3rd day off it. Burning sensations through body. Leg cramps. Is this some bad side effects I’m having from these medications? Same affects when took PAXIL

Discuss with MD: It is very hard for us to answer your question as we don't know your history as to why you were taking the two meds and for how long. It is not from the drugs as you are off these for three days. If your symptoms persist then discuss with your treating doctor or Psychiatrist ...Read more

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F/57 having hysteroscopy d&c tomorrow with general anesthesia. Can I take my medication today.? Which are Paxil 40mg Ativan 1mg codeine sulfate 120mg. Anastrazole 1mg I take all thsse daily. Forgot to ask my doctor and today Sunday clinic are close.

F/57 having hysteroscopy d&c tomorrow with general anesthesia. Can I take my medication today.? Which are Paxil 40mg Ativan 1mg codeine sulfate 120mg. Anastrazole 1mg I take all thsse daily. Forgot to ask my doctor and today Sunday clinic are close.

Hysteroscopy/D&C: Patient is already scheduled for hysteroscopy/d&C with general anesthesia. Patient should take paxil, Ativan and codeine today and do not take any in am. Avoid anastarzole (NSAID) today, tomorrow and resume day after surgery. Inform the anesthesiologist and your doctor of all that you took in am.
Good luck. ...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

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Was given Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg for anxiety. I am dealing with issue am very afraid of taking this drug. Am I making the right decision?

Was given Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg for anxiety. I am dealing with issue am very afraid of taking this drug. Am I making the right decision?

What's your Dr say?: I'm both a physician & individual who believes in using alternative means of confronting anxiety & similar emotions before medications. But, I also believe the person who knows you best (your doctor) should have first dibs on opining on whether you're making the right decision using drugs or not for this problem. Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can I take cymbalta and paxil (paroxetine) cr together? Will anyone of these drugs cause the other to not work or possibly lower its effect?

Can I take cymbalta and paxil (paroxetine) cr together? Will anyone of these drugs cause the other to not work or possibly lower its effect?

See ans: Cymbalta and Paxil (paroxetine) interaction may cause serotonin syndrome, which is from too much serotonin in the nervous system. Symptoms are dose-related and potentially quite serious. Discuss with prescribing doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years old and had panic dsorders. I'm taking clonazepan 1 mg and Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg. Its possible 2 quit those drugs someday? Its being very hard.

It's possible: Some patients are able to stop their mess for pd and remain symptom free. Some go years before having a reocurrance. In my experience most patients do have symptoms after stopping their meds. ...Read more

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My doc just prescribed Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg and Metopropol Tartrate 50mg. Take one of each daily. Is this in any way a DANGEROUS combo of drugs? I am scared! : (

My doc just prescribed Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg and Metopropol Tartrate 50mg. Take one of each daily. Is this in any way a DANGEROUS combo of drugs? I am scared! : (

Not dangerous.: This is an acceptable combination of drugs. However, if metoprolol is prescribed specifically for anxiety, rather than some medical condition, then it is debatable whether it will help (Doctors have conflicting views about this.) ...Read more

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Is there a drug that works as good as Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety and panic? Have had luck with it in past but gained huge amount of weight. Zoloft was a no go

Is there a drug that works as good as Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety and panic? Have had luck with it in past but gained huge amount of weight. Zoloft was a no go

CBT: Most SSRIs and medications used for more than very short term anxiety control involve risk of weight gain and many are not successful for the symptom anyway. Whatever you use and it may be possible to side step meds, find a CBT therapist you can work well with. Learn skills to deal w/ those issues. Best! ...Read more

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Having a hard time getting off Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg. Is there another drug I can transition to without weight gain? Harder withdrawl than klonopin. Suggestions

Having a hard time getting off Paxil (paroxetine) 10 mg. Is there another drug I can transition to without weight gain? Harder withdrawl than klonopin. Suggestions

A couple suggestions: Are you actually looking to transition to another drug or are you trying to come off all together? You could try transitioning to citalopram which doesn't tend to be as difficult to stop as Paxil (paroxetine) but is related enough that you should still have some relief of your mental symptoms. Another one to consider transitioning to would be sertraline. Weight gain isn't that big an issue with either of those ...Read more

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What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

Neither: Whichever medication works for you, and is tolerated by you is the best drug for you. ...Read more

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Working w docs but is there any other drug besides Paxil (paroxetine) that doesn't cause lots of weight gain and major constipation? I tried lexapro, not good.

Working w docs but is there any other drug besides Paxil (paroxetine) that doesn't cause lots of weight gain and major constipation? I tried lexapro, not good.

Bupropion: Bupropion or Wellbutrin (bupropion) is the antidepressant thought to be associated with less weight gain and, fortunately, fewer sexual side effects as well. In addition, an older class of anti-depressants, tricyclics including amitriptyline, do not typically cause weight gain. Finally, a less often used class of anti-depressants, MAO inhibitors, may be worth consideration. Work with your doctor. Good luck:) ...Read more

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Why are drugs like Xanax and klonipin frowned upon to use daily in small doses vs drugs like Zoloft and Paxil (paroxetine) that are recommended by doctors.?

Why are drugs like Xanax and klonipin frowned upon to use daily in small doses vs drugs like Zoloft and Paxil (paroxetine) that are recommended by doctors.?

Addiction potential: Because the benzodiazepines such as xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin have addiction potention. They also typically are best at treating intermittent symptoms, whereas the ssris seem better at preventing. ...Read more

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Used Paxil (paroxetine) 8 yrs. For depression. Was fired from 2 jobs. I believe drug caused aggressive behavior at work. Anyone heard of this side effect?

Used Paxil (paroxetine) 8 yrs. For depression. Was fired from 2 jobs. I believe drug caused aggressive behavior at work. Anyone heard of this side effect?

Paxil (paroxetine) & aggression?: Ssri antidepressants generally calm aggression rather than increasing it. A small percentage of patients (3-5%) may experience agitation on the medication. There have been legal arguments about the "agitation" manifesting as aggression. On the other hand, depression itself may cause irritability and angry outbursts. ...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

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

Paxil (Definition)

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