Monday, 22 June 2009

The major breakthrough in the 1990's for social phobics and anxiety attacks

The disovery of SSRI medication - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - is claimed by some to be the biggest recent medical breakthrough for those who suffer from social phobias and anxiety or panic attacks. One of the main chemicals in the drug is paroxetine hydrochloride. In brief the SSRI drug impairs the passage of serotonim through the nerve endings in the body as this natural chemical is responsible for the transfer of fear and anxiety to the brain. The following diagram shows how the medication works.

Although the drug later came on to account for great controversy in that it seemed to increase the risk of suicide in children and adolescents and led to the producer, GlaxoSmithKline, paying several millions for its cover up on particular side effects for young people, today some 18 million US citizen are prescribed paroxetine in some form. It goes under the name of Seroxat, Paxil. In addition to its positive effects for phobias and anxiety paroextine is also a major anti-depressant amd is 2007 was the fifth most commonly prescribed medicine in the US for depression.

1 comment:

  1. As an effective medicine, paxil would surely provide you immense relief if you are in the grip of panic disorder, depression or generalized anxiety disorder but it is altogether true that the usage of Paxil occasionally facilitates certain side-effects such as headache, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat et al. These side-effects can yield serious results if not treated immediately hence take this medicine only on proper prescription.