Just wondering if anyone has ever taken Neurontin for anxiety. Also, I was wondering if anyone has, if they have ever tried Paxil. I was wanting to know the differences between the two.
24 Jun 2005
They are two totally different types of drugs, Paxil (Paroxetine) is a Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitor, sometimes depression and anxiety can be caused by not having enough Seratonin (the happy hormone)in the brain, Paxil prevents your brain from absorbing the amount you do have, so it stays in their longer and helps your mood and anxiety.
Neurontin is Gabapentin, originally approved for Epileptic Seizures, then it was found to work on neuropathic pain for people who had Herpes Zoster (Shingles.)It is sometimes effective for people when other mental health drugs have not worked and it has relatively few side effects.
"DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Gabapentin is in the class of drugs called anticonvulsants because they are used to treat seizures (epilepsy) and herpes zoster (shingles). Gabapentin is related to the brain chemical gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) but exactly how it works is unknown."
So it works on a different brain chemical than Paxil.
My husband takes Paxil for anxiety disorders and major depression, it works great for him. I use Neurontin for pain due to a spinal condition.
1 Sep 2009
l was talking paxil for anxiety and help me very much the 1st 2 weeks felt tired light head than 3 week change my life But Neurontin!!! be careful l took it for 2 months it just get sleepy at night but l regret the day l took them it made my anxiety worse and the side effects are not nice now l am talking ativan and paxil thank god GOODBYE ANXIETY
1 Sep 2009
I've been taking Neurontin for 3 months now for anxiety and nerve pain. I don't think it has helped much in my situation. I'm also on Prozac. My doctor is trying to find me a differnt "cocktai" as this does not seem to be working very well. I'm very tired with this med as I take over 3,000mg a day. I hope you find the answers you are looking for ... good luck
11 Sep 2009
HI, Paxil is a ssri, used for depression and anxiety symptoms, focussing on the brain hormone Serotonin. The mechanism of these types of medications are to ensure or promote more access to the brain of Secretin; thus, the human repsonse is less vegetative anxiety and depresssive sympotms.
Neurontin is an anticonvulsant, some times being used for or to assist stabilizing a persons' mood, usually in conjunction with another anticonvulsant such as tegretol or depakote or even antipsychotic, such as Abilify. Anyway the mechanism of action, when compared to that of the Paxil is different, in that its structurally similar to GABA, which plays a role in perpetuating the anxiety process. Hope that this helps. FYI In the United Kingdom, for Fibromyalgia, the sister drug to Gabapentin, Lyrica, Lyrica has been approved for use there for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Good Luck
9 Jan 2011
BEFORE taking Paxil, please read the recent lawsuits pending! Titration of this drug is dangerous and life-threatening. How do I know? I started taking this over 12 years ago. Seven years ago, I became pregnant; the doctor said to stop immediately. Immediately I became severely depressed, tried to run my husband over in our van, contemplated aborting and spent 2 months in bed... until I did a little research about titration! I immediately went back on only to fear the next time. A year ago, I started on Neurontin and fell in love with life! A wonder drug for someone with BPD, anxiety & anger issues. (my husband, who thank God, did not get run over, started taking Neurontin for anxiety from alcoholism). A few months ago, a new therapist told me he wanted me off Paxil & to start taking Lamictal. I weaned off 40 mg. of Paxil within 2 months and am still going through painful side effects, although it may be associated with Lamictal, which I am currently doing research on, but can not find what I am looking for. Hope you are still doing your research on Paxil!
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