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.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you may need professional help. See your doctor for a referral to a mental health specialist.
Though not a treatment for anxiety disorders, the following tips can help reduce symptoms of anxiety:
Take care of your body by eating a well-balanced diet. Include a multivitamin when you can't always eat right.
Limit alcohol, caffeine, and sugar consumption.
Take time out for yourself every day. Even 20 minutes of relaxation or doing...