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Can Paxil interact with other medications or foods?

Paxil (paroxetine), an antidepressant medication, hasn't been found to interact with any foods, but you shouldn't drink alcohol while taking it. The medication may interact with a number of other drugs or supplements, possibly causing side effects or other problems. Before starting treatment with Paxil, make a list of all your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary and herbal supplements, and go over it carefully with your doctor. Once you're on Paxil, do not take any new medication or supplement without checking with your doctor first. You should be especially careful to tell your doctor if you take any of the following:
  • atomoxetine
  • cimetidine
  • fentanyl
  • metoprolol
  • pimozide
  • procyclidine
  • tamoxifen
  • thioridazine
  • "triptan" medicines to treat headaches
  • other antidepressants or medications to treat other mental disorders
  • the herbal supplement St. John's wort
  • drugs to treat heart problems
  • drugs to treat HIV infection
  • drugs that thin the blood -- including aspirin and ibuprofen as well as drugs like warfarin
  • drugs to treat epilepsy
This is only a partial list of medications that may cause problems when combined with Paxil, so be thorough in the list you make for your doctor.

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