Panic Attack Medication

panic attack medication - all the pillsPanic attack medication is one alternative available to help individuals control their panic attacks. Panic attacks can causes the individual that is suffering from it such great discomfort and stress that it can become quite a debilitating disorder. Panic attacks are seen in someone with a panic disorder. The disorder can be treated treated through the use of medication and with some therapy. Therapy focuses on behavioral therapy and seeks to change certain thinking and behavioral patterns. Generally, relapses of panic attacks are less recurrent when these two therapies are used collectively than when only one kind of treatment is used. Behavioral therapy supports changing the behaviour while medication supports the rehabilitation efforts by easing the symptoms and making the attack more manageable.

Panic Attack Medication – Controlling the Symptoms

The symptoms of panic attacks can be controlled using a number of different types of medications. The re-occurrence and the severity of panic attacks can also be reduced with medications, as panic attack medication cartoon of symptomscan the anxiety of having another attack. Panic attacks are treated are medications of which there are several effective ones such as Zoloft, Prozac, or Paxil all of which are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). SSRI are frequently prescribed drugs to treat depression and are antidepressants. These types of medications work on the chemicals known as neurotransmitters that are nerves in the brain which are used to send messages to one another. (Read more here and here)

Panic Attack Medication – TCAs

Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants, known as TCAs are typically used for anti depressants but may be used for panic attack medication.  More detailed information on TCAs is available from the Mayo Clinic site .  Panic disorder have often been treated using  medication such as Tofranil, Anafranil or Norpramin.  However, SSRI’s have been proven to more easily tolerated and to be safer in individuals even though TCAs can be equally as effective in treating panic attacks as SSRIs. As a result of the higher tolerance by SSRI’s, TCAs have been used less often.

Work with the Doctor

It is important to work closely with the prescribing doctor to decide which medication should be administered and whether treatment with medications is actually an appropriate intervention since there is the risk of side effects like most medications. These side effects can be anything from life-threatening to minor depending on the individual’s reaction to the medication. There is a possible risks to the fetus so pregnant women should not be treated with these sorts of medications.



The Food and Drug Administration have approved a number of medications from the benzodiazepine families which are used to treat panic disorders or panic attacks. Ativan, Xanax, Valium or Klonopin are included in this group of medications. These medications have been used successfully in reducing nervous tension and in reducing anxiety. SSRI’s which have to be taken every day but the medication from the benzodiazepine families are sometimes prescribed to be taken as needed for fast relief of symptoms.

 Panic Attack Medication – When Will Results Show

Within a few weeks after beginning medications, panic disorder symptoms should start to improve. A higher dose or perhaps another medicine may be prescribed by the doctor if there is no improvement within 6 to 8 weeks,. Panic attack medications often need to be continued for a year or longer. Thereafter they might be gradually decreased over a period spanning several weeks. Sometimes the individual might experience a re-occurrence of the panic attacks after the medications have been decreased. In which case, a few more months might be necessary for the continued medication. There might even be a need for a long period of medication to keep symptoms under control for some sufferers.


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