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Paxil Vs Lexapro For Anxiety
Hard to say....: Neither one is actually "better". What matters is simply how you tolerate each one and which one works better for you. That's all. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Generalized Anxiety: Thank you for informing about diazepam 8mg daily, Lexapro 10mg and Remeron. Lexapro and Remeron are not specific medications for treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Therapy with Medication is more beneficial. Discuss with a Psychiatrist: •Medication interaction of Lexapro, Remeron and Diazepam. •Use of Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin or Serax for GAD and ongoing monitoring for Tolerance •Therapy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PMDD treatment: Ssris such as prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) sarafem, and zoloft may provide relief from many symptoms of pmdd. Taking birth control pills stops ovulation and can reduce pmdd symptoms. Non-medical treatment which may help includes regular exercise, healthy diet (limiting salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol), and supplements (calcium, magnesium, b6). Please talk to your doctor about what is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neither and both: The best med is the one that works for you. Sometimes you do best with a combo of both. I find that Lexapro (escitalopram) helps obsessing and panic better but can have gi side effects and insomnia. Remeron is very sedating and helps calm the stomach, and promotes sleep but can cause weight gain. It might replace some diazepam. I often combine the two. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best anxiety med?: Lexapro (or escitalopram) is an SSRI thats commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression and anxiety (& is FDA approved for both of these uses). Zispin (or mirtazepine) is a noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressant. Itis also often used to treat anxiety. There is no on best agent to treat your anxiety anxiety. Talk with your doc about the right meds& treatment for you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on you: All of the SSRIs are effective in treating OCD, anxiety, and of course, depression. Different people have different results so no one SSRI is better or worse. Whatever works best for you is the best. Remember, though that higher doses are often needed to help with OCD. Also, you need to give these mess time enough to see if,they are helping. Work with your doc to get the best results. ...Read more
Can be taken: Together. No issues with this combination!Get a more detailed answer ›
Probably Lexapro (escitalopram): Both of these are antidepressants, although the first is a tricyclic and the second is a more recent medication. But please consider sessions with a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety and helping you to shift your thoughts and apply techniques to relieve anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paxil (paroxetine) for social anxiety? (Taking Prozac 40mg and it's not helping anxiety.)Can I take Paxil (paroxetine) with Ritalin? (Ritalin dose 5-10mg x 2-3 daily.)
Medication effects: Thank you for informing about headache and, taking Remeron, Diazepam and Lexapro (escitalopram). Using Remeron or Tryptizol with Lexapro (escitalopram) can increase the risk of a rare but serious condition -Serotonin Syndrome. Lexapro (escitalopram), Valium, Tryptizol and stress can cause anxiety. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose ; and Therapy for stress in your life. Do Breathing Relaxation, Yoga. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline) vs Luvox which is better for OCD? Zoloft (sertraline) worked for 7 years. Switched because of Depression. Can I go back on Zoloft (sertraline) or luvox?
Individual: Luvox (fluvoxamine) was evaluated for treating OCD, but any of the SSRI medications, as well as some tricyclic medications help with OCD. Best to combine medication with treatment to get best results. Some Mindfulness approaches have been helpful.See your physician for assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is better for borderline personality disorder, prozac, Paxil cr, Effexor (venlafaxine) XR or wellbutrin?
No specific med: There is no specific medication approved to treat borderline personality disorder and there is no specific medication that is considered better than others off-label either. It is a question of working with your doctor to treat your symptoms and figuring what works best for you. Sorry, i wish i had an easier answer for you-- good luck! ...Read more
Luvox, Zoloft, (sertraline) and : Lexapro (escitalopram) are all SSRIs. They're all 1st line agents in tx of anxiety and depression. They all work via the same mechanism -- inhibiting re-uptake of serotonin, thus increasing serotonin concentrations. the differences between the meds have to do with subtle differences in half life, serotonin receptors targeted, and slight differences in side effect profiles. Talk with ur doc abt the right med 4u! ...Read more
Possibly: Citalopram and Buspirone are both described as being effective for anxiety. The magnitude of the difference between their effects is likely small if studied formally in a research setting although my experience with both is that i would predict someone would experience more comprehensive reduction in the severity of their anxiety and panic attacks in the context of citalopram treatment. ...Read more
If Lexapro helped me with my social anxiety and depression, could Paxil (paroxetine) help me more?
Possibly: Lexapro and Paxil (paroxetine) are both effective for depression and anxiety. Some people do not tolerate side effects of one or another. Others don't respond to adequate trial of maximum doses. Then a switch is indicated. Before switching, your doctor should adjust the dose for a while to check for better effect and diminished side effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which is better for chronic anxiety from excessive alcohol use over a 10 year period Paxil (paroxetine) or lexapro?
Would you recommend Zoloft or Lexapro for gad and social anxiety? I have been on Lexapro and felt less 'numbed' to everything than when i was on Paxil (paroxetine)
Good choice: My experience: lexapro is on the leading edge. It is a more precisely made molecule, derived from celexa. Acts more quickly than the typical ssri wait for 3-4 weeks and find it works fully in 1-2 weeks per a given dose regimen. Side effect profiles same as other ssri's. Other ssri's good too. I like to stay away from paxil (paroxetine) as found it too short acting-> irritability/anxiety. Talk to ur doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need to find ssri that will work for severe anxiety. Paxil (paroxetine) made me gain lbs,lexapro and Zoloft stopped working . Would celexa work. Others?
Therapy may help: Anxiety has biological roots, but are stimulated through psychological perceptions. Consider adding therapy to your medication and see either a talk therapist or a biofeedback therapist who can help you with evidence based biological interventions in addition to medicine. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What's the best med for severe anxiety. I've tried prozac,paxil,celexa,cymbalta (duloxetine) and am now on lexapro not getting far & all were used with counseling.
I have suffered from generalized anxiety syndrome and depression. for years. I was on Paxil for 12 years symptom free, but because of weight gain was put on Zoloft five years ago, which gave up after 2 years. Then Lexapro, which worked for only 1 year,
What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana(used correctly)?
Not benzo's.: Hello - long term use of benzodiazapines can lead to tolerance. Marijuana can cause marked psychiatric problems in some people including anxiety, psychosis & paranoia. Paxil can be used long -term but most of my patients have experienced more side effects with it then from Lexapro & zoloft. I see you are on Lexapro -it has an excellent side effect profile. Buspar (buspirone) is very safe for long-term use. ...Read more
Yes: However is not the best practice. You need to check with your dr. The best approach is to take just one at an appropriate dose. ...Read more
I am on a 30 mg dose of Paxil (paroxetine) but out of my script and not feeling well. can I take Lexapro in the meantime and if so what dose?
Paxil (paroxetine): Get back on your Paxil (paroxetine) ASAP. This is now a very inexpensive medication that you should easily be able to afford. You can't be switching back and forth amongst different antidepressants. Call the doctor on call and get at least 1 or 2 Paxil (paroxetine) until you can be seen. There are all night pharmacies. ...Read more
Can I take a Lexapro until I can get my script refilled for my Paxil (paroxetine) if I'm not feeling well and have a couple days i have to wait?
In your opinion, what's the best medicaition for severe ocd. I've tried Paxil (paroxetine) and Lexapro to no avail. This is just a question, not seeking meds onlin?
OCD: I don't think that there is one best medication. Most of the ssri's can be effective. I have used zoloft (sertraline) a lot for ocd. Anafranil which is actually a tricyclic antidepressant (older class) can also be helpful. You & your physician may need some trials before you get just the right medication (s). Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats the difference between paxil, (paroxetine) Prozac and lexapro? Do they do the same thing? Different side effects? Ones better vs others?
Complicated question: There are quite a few differences between the SSRI's - however - the best drug (most especially in psych) is the one that works best for you. The response rate to any psych drug is very subjective and really varies from person to person. Wish I had a better answer for you / but talk to your doctor about what your concerns are and craft a treatment plan together. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Switched to Paxil (paroxetine) from Lexapro. Also take Valium, in process of weaning. Paxil (paroxetine) was first AD I took many years ago. Could it help my Panic again?
See discussion: There’s no reason that paxil (paroxetine) wouldn’t manage your panic disorder even if you’ve been off of it. Much of it depends upon how well you responded to it in the past, if you had side effects, etc. Please discuss with your provider such that you may be prescribed an adequate dose to treat your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more
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
I have SEVERE OCD, & panic disorder. I take 8mg Valium a day, today switched to Paxil (paroxetine) from Lexapro. Worried about SFX, but don't really care if helps?
Medication effects: You are a Precious Human Being! Using Valium with Lexapro may increase dizziness, confusion, impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Both Lexapro and Paxil (paroxetine) may make depression worse; stopping Lexapro quickly may have withdrawal symptoms. For evaluation of these and for treatment of severe OCD and Panic Disorder, please go to ER for Diagnosis and Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment. ...Read more
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