Panic Attacks and Paxil

Paroxetine (Seroxat, Paxil) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It was released in 1992 by the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. In 2006 it was the fifth-most prescribed antidepressant in the United States retail market, with more than 19.7 million prescriptions.[1] The prescription of this drug is controversial because of side effects such as suicidal ideation and withdrawal syndrome which have resulted in legal proceedings against the manufacturer.

It was estimated that every year the amount of people who suffer from panic attacks is increasing. Panic attacks are the very first symptoms of a panic disorder. There are many approaches to a panic disorder. But one thing is clear a panic disorder is a very serious physical problem accompanied by panic attacks (a sudden increase of fear that comes without any obvious reasons). During panic attacks a sufferer feels very tense and scared and may have the following symptoms: intensive heartbeat, hurried pulse, giddiness, sickness, sweatiness and at last fear that almost paralyses all the organs. All these symptoms may appear all of a sudden and take a sufferer aback.

There are no clear scientific explanations of panic attacks. However people with a genetic inclination are more liable to them. Still panic attacks do not deprive people of life but at the same time spoil it to a great extent. Panic attacks bring sufferers humiliation and misery, they made an influence on the rate of suicides as well. Fortunately, panic attacks are treatable. There exist certain antidepressants that have been officially approved. Paxil is one of such antidepressants.

Paxil (or paroxetine hydrochloride) is usually prescribed to cure panic disorders, depression, anxiety disorder and others. Thorough research of Paxil proved the effectiveness of this drug in the process of panic attack treatment. Paxil turned out to be very efficient, first of all because it returns the sufferer the lost chemical balance in the brain. In other words, Paxil helps to increase the amount of serotonin which is deadly needed for the cell-to-cell message transmission. While taking Paxil you should be constantly examined be your physician as some side effects might happen, such as allergic reactions, mood change, anxiety, insomnia, aggressiveness, loss of appetite, yawning and others. Moreover before taking Paxil it is necessary to consult specialists provided that a patient might have liver or kidney disease, epilepsy or bipolar disorder. In such a case it would be not safe even dangerous to use Paxil. While being in the course of Paxil treatment you mustn't drink alcohol, you mustn't combine Paxil with other medicines (aspirin, dislofenac, piroxicam etc.) Such combinations may lead to stomach bleeding. So you see that you really need to consult your doctor regularly. As for schedule Paxil is taken once a day usually in the morning, either in tablets or liquid form. It is forbidden to take a double dose even if you missed one.

The effects of Paxil during pregnancy have not been studied properly, therefore they can be unpredictable. Some patients had serious complications; others had an ordinary state of things. Paxil is known to appear in breast milk and can influence an infant. So to take or not to take must be agreed with your doctor.

It goes without saying that many people manage to get over panic attacks on their own. Nevertheless it takes lots of time and affords. It is highly recommended for all the sufferers who are no so strong-willed to consult the doctor. At least you see that there are various medicines like Paxil which is harmless but helps a million to overcome a disease very quickly and without pain.

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