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January 22, 2007

Paxil and Cognitive Therapy Treat Hypochondria Equally Well

In a study funded by GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Paxil, Dutch researches are reporting that hypochondriacs treated with Paxil have lessened concerns about illness.

In the first controlled study that compared a group of hypochondriacs given the drug with a group that got psychological talk therapy and another group that received sugar pills, the medication significantly reduced people's fears about imaginary illnesses.

It is important to note, however, that the same study showed that those who were treated with cognitive therapy had the same positive results as those treated with Paxil.

Nonetheless, most media articles (such as the linked Washington Post article below) are making Paxil the headline and mentioning cognitive therapy only as an afterthought.

Drug May Help Hypochondriacs

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