Paxil CR is a controlled release medication that is prescribed for treating major depression and panic disorder. Paxil CR or the generic Paroxetine Controlled-Release is not a cure for depression or panic disorder, but it can help you to enjoy doing the things you used to do, like return to work/school, and attend family and social events. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Paxil CR is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that works by freeing up a brain chemical, or neurotransmitter, called serotonin. This neurotransmitter is produced in various places in your body but Paxil CR will target the serotonin in your brain and work by inhibiting its absorption (reuptake) so there is more available in your brain. It is thought that low serotonin levels are a reason for low moods and depressive disorders so increasing the time serotonin remains in your brain will improve your mood.
People dealing with the effects of an obsessive-compulsive disorder can also benefit from taking Paxil CR. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes you to have intrusive thoughts, ideas, and impulses that can become a ritual that you feel you have to do or something bad will happen. Some individuals are compulsive hand washers, while others may count or arrange things repeatedly. Once they perform their ritualistic task, there is temporary relief before they feel the need to repeat it. Paxil CR helps to regulate moods and provide some peace from feeling anxious.
Make certain your doctor is aware of other medical conditions you have and any prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking, including vitamin supplements and herbal remedies. Combining Paxil CR with other medications can cause unintended side effects or health risks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding to be certain Paxil CR is safe for you to take.
Keep out of children’s reach. Make sure those close to you are aware you are taking Paxil CR so they can watch for signs of worsening symptoms and alert your doctor. Never start, stop, or change the dosage of any medications without consulting with your doctor first as this could affect how Paxil CR will work for you.