Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Alcohol should not be combined with Paxil.1
• Foods and supplements containing tryptophan or 5-HTP should be avoided in combination with Paxil.2
• Herbs that may interact with Paxil to increase sedation include:calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa3
• Melatonin may help improve sleep used together with these agents in depressed individuals. Discuss use of the supplement with a pharmacist.4
References1 PDR (Physicians Desk Reference). 49th Edition. Medical Economics Co. Montvale, NJ. 1995.
1 Threlkeld DS, ed. Central Nervous System Drugs, Antidepressants, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparison, Apr 1997.
1 Naranjo CA, Pouos CX, Bremner KE, Lanctot KL. Fluoxetine attenuates alcohol intake and desire to drink. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 1994;9:163-72.
2 Mindell, E, Hopkins V: Prescription Alternatives. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc, 1998; p. 379.
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
3 Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
3 Demott K. St. Johnís wort tied to serotonin syndrome. Clinical Psychiatry News 1998;26:28.
3 Gordon JB. SSRIs and St. Johnís wort: possible toxicity? Am Fam Physician 1998;57:950.
3 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Dolberg OT, Hirschmann S, Grunhaus L. "Melatonin for the treatment of sleep disturbances in major depressive disorder." Am J Psychiatry, Aug. 1998; 155(8):1119-121.
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