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.
Mary Avis had been a white-knuckle flyer for years. But on one fateful
flight from Virginia to Boston several years ago, her fear finally took
complete control. Although the weather was clear and the flight was smooth,
"I was sure that if I stood up, the floor would collapse and I'd fall
through," says Avis, now 61, who spent the entire flight motionless and
When the plane landed in Philadelphia to refuel, Avis fled. "My husband
was annoyed, to put it mildly," she...