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Warning on Paxil

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.

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Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder -- Prevention

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...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Last Revised March 14, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 14, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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