I was prescribed Paxil CR while in the Psych Ward 4 weeks ago. It has yet to help my anxiety and OCD. I know that regular Paxil is FDA approved for the treatment of OCD, however I noticed that Paxil CR isn't approved for OCD by the FDA. Is there a big difference between Paxil and Paxil CR for OCD treatment effectiveness? I am legally disabled from my OCD and I am on the 16th medication now because none have worked so far over the past 6-7 years. I am getting frustrated. I am also in therapy, but my main question lies as to the effectiveness of Paxil CR in the treatment of OCD. I have been bumped up from 12.5 mg Paxil CR to 25 mg Paxil CR. Am I better off on regular Paxil or does it really matter? Just curious. Thanks! :)
Paxil or Paxil CR for OCD?
- 30 Apr 2011 by Anonymous
- 13 February 2020
- paxil, paxil cr, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress, fda
I am also augmentating Propranalol, Risperdal, and Xanax, and Xanax XR to the Paxil CR.
The difference in the Paxil immediate release versus continuous release (CR) is purely how it is absorbed by the body over time. They are both prescribed for OCD according to the literature I read. So I don't think it really matters which you take though the regular Paxil is prescribed at higher doses then the continuous release. The maximum dose for the CR in the literature is 25 mgs/ day. So you are on the recommended max.
Unfortunately, the choosing of an antidepressant is a trail and error sort of ordeal. It can be very frustrating. I understand as I too have been there. I am on a good combination of medicines now and am very thankful. You will find the right meds for you too. Just have to keep trying. Remember the meds can only do so much, part of the therapy is bahvioral as well. Stay in counseling, it is very critical.
Have you tried Anafranil? I have severe OCD, and This works the best. I still have symptoms of OCD, but this one helps the most of anything I've ever taken for it. Good luck.
Paxil CR stays in the body longer than regular Paxil. It is controlled release, hence the CR. I take it. I noticed when I took the regular it cleared from my body too fast and I started having the verdugo symptoms you experience when not taking it. Also my mood was regulated better taking the Paxil CR. It really should not be a difference other than the time it takes to clear your system.
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