Paxil (Paroxetine): [Brands: Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva]
Paxil is an antidepressant (by prescription in US) that works by restoring the balance of serotonin, a natural brain substance.
Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers that help govern moods. Ordinarily, it is quickly reabsorbed after its release at the junctures between nerves. Paxil slows this process, thereby boosting the levels of serotonin available to the brain.
This helps to improve certain difficulties such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Side Effects of Paxil: Many, many different side effects with the most common being (percentage of people with this side effect in brackets): ejaculation problems (up-to-28%); nausea (up-to-26%); insomnia (up to 24%); drowsiness (up to 24%); weakness (up to 22%); dry mouth (up to 18%); headache (up to 18%); constipation (up to 16%); and many more side effects, including weight gain.
Comparisons with Other Anti-Depressants: A recent study indicated that the three most commonly prescribed anti-depressants had about the same effectiveness. Drugs tested were paxil (paroxetine), prozac (fluoxetine) and zoloft (sertrraline). This study followed 573 primary care depressed patients for nine months, well beyond the acute phase of depression. The patients were randomized to one of the three drugs. While tests are not yet available for two newer antidepressants, wellbutrin and lexapro, it is likely that they are also equally effective. For specific side effects of these others... Prozac Side Effects Zoloft Side Effects Wellbutrin Side Effects Lexapro Side Effects. The above study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dec 19, 2001.
Popular Paxil Sites
- Paxil Progress
Website offers info and support, withdrawal symptoms and the conditions for which it is prescribed.
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
Canadian monograph, from Internet Mental Health, includes pharmacology, indications, contraindications, adverse effects, precautions, research and dosage.
- Paxil Information from Drugs.com
Paxil (paroxetine) is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. Includes Paxil side effects, interactions and more.
An orally administered antidepressant with a chemical structure unrelated to other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or to tetracyclic, tricyclic or other available antidepressant agents. Website contains the drug's empirical formula, forms and brand names available.
The official Paxil site from SmithKline Beecham. Includes discussion of depression, panic disorder, OCD, and social anxiety disorder.
Website describes the effects of Paxil withdrawal, collects information regarding withdrawal process and offers some practical advice on how to deal with panic attacks and anxiety.
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