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Paxil CR Alternatives
- Alternatives To Paxil CR for patients who need to switch medicines
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Paxil CR Information:

Paxil or Paroxetine is a member of a family of drugs called Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors.  Doctors and pharmacists refer to them as SSRI's. 
The SSRI's all end with the suffix

All of the SSRI's work in the exact same way.  They all cause an increase in the level of the chemical  serotonin in your brain.  Most people with depression have low serotonin levels.  This is why depression is sometimes referred to as a chemical imbalance.

The only difference between the SSRI's is how many milligrams you have to take each day and how long the SSRI lasts in your body. 

Paxil CR Alternatives -
Here are alternative medicines for Paxil CR patients who need to switch drugs in case they can not afford it.  These drugs work in a similar manner as Paxil CR.  Ask your doctor about switching you to:

Inexpensive Alternative #1
Generic Paxil (Paroxetine)
Typical Cost = You should be able to find generic Paxil on the internet for 25 - 50 cents per pill if you shop around.

Paxil CR is a controlled release version of the drug paroxetine.  Your doctor may switch you to generic paroxetine tablets.  Generic paroxetine is inexpensive and it is widely available on the internet.  Click Here to comparison shop for  paroxetine
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Inexpensive Alternative #2
Generic Prozac (Fluoxetine)
Typical Cost = You should be able to find generic Prozac (fluoxetine) on the internet for 25 - 50 cents per pill.

The pharmacists buy fluoxetine (the generic version of Prozac) for less than 5 cents per pill.  There is a high markup on fluoxetine just like there is on all generics.

Ask your doctor about switching you to fluoxetine (generic Prozac).  Fluoxetine is the active ingredient in Prozac.  Most people take 20mg of fluoxetine each day but you can take up to 60mg per day. 

When you first start taking fluoxetine, it is common for your appetite to decrease.  Many people lose a few pounds when they first go on fluoxetine, but this side effect goes away after a short while.

Both Fluoxetine and Paroxetine are members of the same family of drugs; they are classified as " SSRI's "  Both drugs work in an identical manner. 

The nice thing about fluoxetine is that it lhas a duration of action of twenty-four hours without the need for any special time-release technology.   Click Here to comparison shop for Fluoxetine (generic Prozac).

You can get generic Prozac for very cheap - as low as 25 cents per pill if you shop around.  Click Here to comparison shop for generic Prozac.
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Brand Name  Alternatives

If you have insurance, you may prefer to take a
brand name product that works in a similar manner as Paxil CR.

Here are two brand name products that many people have switched to since Paxil CR was taken off the market:

Zoloft (Sertraline)

Zoloft is the world's best selling antidepressant.  It is very similar to Paxil.  It is in the same family of drugs (the so-called SSRI's) and it works the same way.  It has been on the market for many years and it is considered to be a very safe drug. 

Most people take 50mg of Zoloft each day.  However you can go up to 200mg per day.  You must take Zoloft with food.  You can get a wicked heartburn if you take Zoloft on an empty stomach.

Click Here to comparison shop for Zoloft
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Compare Prices  Our editors have identified the top 50 websites that sell Zoloft.  There is a lot of competition between sites that sell Zoloft because Zoloft is a popular expensive drug.  This competition drives down the prices.


Lexapro is similar to Paxil in many ways.  It is a very popular drug.  Lexapro's claim to fame is that it has side effects similar to a sugar pill but it is strong enough to provide relief from depression and generalized anxiety disorder.  Click Here to comparison shop for Lexapro.
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