Improves mood and helps you relax. Paxil (Paroxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety but it causes more weight gain, sleepiness, and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants. Helps you relax. Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.53 Paxil
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More Ativan side effects » How it works Paxil Ativan Paxil (Paroxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood. Ativan (lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects areas of the brain that help calm you down. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Type of medication Paxil Ativan Prescription only Prescription only Available as Paxil Ativan Pill Extended release tablet Liquid Used for Paxil Ativan Risk factors for serious side effects Paxil Ativan › Age 24 years or younger › Using other medications that affect serotonin › Stopping Paxil (Paroxetine) suddenly › Taking other blood-thinning drugs › History of bipolar disorder Detailed Paxil (paroxetine) risks & warnings » › Taking with opioids › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking Ativan (lorazepam) for longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Long-term use Detailed Ativan (lorazepam) risks & warnings »
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Interactions Paxil Ativan No interactions related info. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol Paxil Ativan No alcohol related info. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
Food Paxil Ativan › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. No food related info.
Sleep Paxil Ativan › It causes drowsiness, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
Weight Paxil Ativan › Can cause weight gain, which can be helpful if you've recently lost weight or have a low appetite. › More likely to cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) or make you feel sick if you miss a dose than other antidepressants. No weight related info. Upsides and benefits Paxil Ativan › Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms. › Lowers relapse rates of depression and anxiety disorders, including OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. › It causes drowsiness, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping. › Can cause weight gain, which can be helpful if you've recently lost weight or have a low appetite. › Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them. › Effective at relieving short-term anxiety. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications. Downsides and risks Paxil Ativan › Can cause more sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate than most antidepressants. › More likely to cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) or make you feel sick if you miss a dose than other antidepressants. › Can harm an unborn child, so you can't take it if you're pregnant. › Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than age 24. › The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Compared to other similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop. › Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) gets less effective over time. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Paxil Ativan › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. › Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood. › Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. › The controlled-release (CR) tablet can cause less nausea than other forms. › Don’t crush, break, or chew the Paxil (Paroxetine) controlled-release tablet or the Pexeva film-coated tablets. › It’s best to take Paxil (Paroxetine) in the morning, except Brisdelle, which can be taken at bedtime. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Take only as much as your doctor prescribes. Taking more than directed or taking this for a long time can cause you to become dependent on it. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Use caution or avoid use in older adults. Learn more More about Paxil Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert