Anyone who is trying to learn and how to limit or eliminate panic attacks through medication should first find out as much as they can about what causes panic attacks. While prescriptions medicine may be necessary in a certain percentage of cases, some people are able to limit panic attack symptoms on their own by using deep-breathing techniques and visualization, for example. It is also possible to limit panic attacks with changes in lifestyle or by avoiding certain stressful situations.

Sometimes, a prescription drug is the only avenue for successful treatment of panic attacks. But some medical professionals and psychologists urge patients to try other remedies first.

There are several prescription drugs that will help with panic attack symptoms. Some of these are also used for specific cases of depression as well. Medications that have been used with success include: Sertraline (Zoloft) and Paroxetine (Paxil). These are tow of the antidepressant medications that are also prescribed for panic attacks. Their use depends on the knowledge and experience of the doctor, who should complete a thorough examination of each individual before choosing a particular.

Doctors often turned to Clonazepam (Klonopin) and Alpraxolam (Xanax) to treat panic disorder. These two seem to provide some relief from the common symptoms of panic attacks and severe anxiety. As with any prescription medication, individuals should use the drugs under the careful supervision of a doctor. *Strict adherence to directions for amount and length of time is essential.

When an individual considers prescription medication as a remedy for panic attacks and panic disorder, they should acquire as much knowledge about the subject as possible. This may include getting a better understanding of such medication terms as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI).

Other classifications for medicines that may be used for anxiety and panic attacks are: benzodiazepines – including Xanax and Klonopin already mentioned, as well as Ativan and Valium; tricyclic antidepressants; beta blockers such as Inderal; milder forms of tranquilizers and a limited number of anti-convulsants.

A panic attack is often indicated by increased heart rate, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, unusual sweating and general feelings of doom or helplessness. They can be triggered by several factors, including stress that is outside the bounds of everyday life. Some people experience dizziness and trembling, along with other symptoms. This may even occur because the person fears a panic attack and that fear sets off symptoms.

It is at this point that many individuals wonder if they should consult with a family physician. If you are too embarrassed or frightened to tell a doctor about a panic attack, this alone may be sufficient reason to go to a medical professional. Those who have experienced panic attacks and the longer-term panic disorder understand that seeking help from a doctor or talking with a family member or friend is essential in dealing with this malady. Prescription medication is a choice that should never be made without expert advice.


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Lucas Beaumont
Generalist. Wikipedia contributor. Elementary school teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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