The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent out a
warning on the medicines Paxil (paroxetine) and Paxil CR. These antidepressants
are used to treat
depression. Taking Paxil or Paxil CR during the first
12 weeks of pregnancy may increase a woman's chance of having a baby with a
birth defect. The maker of the medicine, GlaxoSmithKline, has changed the label
on the medicine to reflect this.
If you take Paxil or Paxil CR and are pregnant or are planning to get
pregnant, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking Paxil or Paxil CR unless you
talk to your doctor first.
Since you were recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
What are my treatment options for anxiety?
Are there any underlying medical problems that could be causing my anxiety symptoms?
Will I need to take an anxiety drug? If so, for how long?
What side effects can I expect from medications?
Can I do anything to prevent these medication side effects?
Should I begin therapy sessions? Which type?
How long before I can exp...