Paxil and Paxil CR
What type of drug is this?
Antidepressant in the
class called SSRIs. * How these work is based on the
unproven theory that depression is based on a chemical imbalance
of seratonin levels in the brain. Please see bottom of the
page for more information on this theory and the lack of evidence
supporting the theories of physical origen (actual disease)
associated with depression or anxiety.
When considering whether to take a drug the most
important thing you can do is to understand the benefits and the
Since there are no
guarantees regarding benefits or risks with pharmaceutical drugs
what we are really looking at is potential benefits
and possible risks.
Here are some of the
reasons psychiatrists and medical doctors have for prescribing
Paxil. Please notice there are no physical tests done to
indicate need for this drug such as the radiology scans, MRIs or lab
tests performed for diagnosing real physical illness like cancer,
heart disease or diabetes. Also a reason for prescribing
is not necessarily a benefit if the drug doesn't work to alleviate
or cure the conditions for which it's been prescribed.
Used to treat:
panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry
about these attacks)
social anxiety disorder (
generalized anxiety disorder
premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Sometimes used to
tingling in the hands and feet caused by diabetes
certain sexual problems
According to the
government Medlineplus website which is part of the National Library
"Paxil (paroxetine) controls your condition but does not cure it."
* FDA Advisory Chair on Lack of Evidence for SSRI Chemical