panic disorders

Medical Treatment Of Panic Disorders

Like many other disorders, panic disorders can be treated successfully. Treatment of panic disorders includes medical and psychotherapy. In severe cases, medication can be used to control or minimize some of the symptoms of panic attacks and panic disorders. But keep in mind that medication is not only the way of treating panic disorders. Medication is most effective when combined with other treatments, including therapy and lifestyle changes, which address the underlying causes of panic disorder. Here, in this article we will discuss the medical treatment of panic disorders.

 The medications used to treat panic disorders and panic attacks are given below:

Antidepressants – Antidepressants are used for the treatment of panic disorders. However, it takes many weeks before they begin to work. So, it recommended taking them continuously, not just during a panic attack.  The types of antidepressants used in the panic disorders treatment include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIS) for examples Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. The other types antidepressant used in the treatment of panic disorders is Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) examples include Effexor and Cymbalta.

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are also another antidepressant used for treatment of panic attacks. However, Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are also often used to treat panic attacks. Amongst these antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are most common when considered for treating panic attacks.

Benzodiazepines – Benzodiazepines are also used for the treatment of panic disorders. These are anti-anxiety drugs that act in a quick manner usually between 30 minutes to one hour. Taking these drugs can instantly relief from symptoms. However, these drugs should be used very cautiously since they are highly addictive and have serious withdrawal symptoms. Some of the examples include Xanax, Ativan or Klonopin.

The duration of the treatment of panic disorders may vary from one person to another person. In fact the medications for treating panic disorders should be prescribed by a psychiatrist or a primary care physician. One important thing to keep in mind that it may be essential for some to continue a medication regimen throughout their lives. Panic disorders can be controlled and people who suffer from this disorder will experience significant symptom reduction with treatment.