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The Proper View of Medications for Panic Attacks

Jul 29, 2008
Today there is more hope than ever for those who suffer from panic, including but not limited to medications for panic attacks. Doctors have a better understanding of what causes panic for chronic sufferers, and are able to prescribe not just medications for panic attacks but can help their patients through a course of behavioral therapy as well. There are some things to remember in this regard.

For one thing, keep in mind that most medications for panic attacks are considered antidepressants or sedatives. This means that they must be taken exactly as prescribed; taking too many can cause addiction or overdose, whereas taking too little can be ineffective. If you've been prescribed medications for panic attacks and find that they just are not helping very much, you must speak to your doctor about adjusting your dosage or changing medications rather than simply taking more pills than you should.

The most commonly prescribed medications for panic attacks include Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Xanix, and Valium. While these medications are very effective, it's best if they're used in conjunction with some form of therapy so that the panic sufferer can learn new ways of coping and of dealing with the circumstances that typically bring about panic in the sufferer. For example, many who suffer from panic attacks may also have a touch of claustrophobia, so being in a closed room for a meeting or other reason can spark panic. By using therapy in conjunction with medications for panic attacks, the panic sufferer can be calmed while learning that this situation is really nothing that should bring about panic.

Some have found that they are able to gradually increase their dosage of medications for panic attacks after a year or so. This too should be done under the supervision of a doctor, and these medications should never be stopped "cold turkey." A doctor can adjust medications and dosages as a person's symptoms decrease as well.

If you suffer from chronic and consistent panic attacks, you should speak with your doctor about recommended medications for panic attacks and a course of therapy as well. While panic may be robbing you of your chances to enjoy your family, your hobbies, and even your career, it doesn't need to be that way. Help is available, if you ask for it.
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