Hi, I want to ask, how to help in case of a panic attack, it happens to me occasionally constant attacks, what medicines to take or any other solution
Hello batevlad. Any number of drugs are available in the case of panic attacks. My preference would be a benzodiazepine. A Xanax or Ativan would be ideal. Created just for moments of panic/high stress situations. A down side to either one are thier addictive nature. Benzodiazepines are just that, highly addictive. Having said that, another drug might be Paroxetine/Paxil Its a SSRI and fairly effective for panic attacks. The down side here is dose. Its a bit more tricky to find the right one for "panic attacks" because the drug does not work (as quickly) as the other two previously mentioned. As to techniques dealing with panic attacks there are a number of therapies available. Deep breathing exercises being one. Regards pledge
Hi, i agree with Pledge. Xanax are great for stressful situations. Unfortunately i was only ever prescribed them once because of how addictive they can be as Pledge stated. If you think you can be disciplined with them you could ask your doctor if you can give them a go? Another option is taking a beta-blocker if you are expecting to experience a stressful situation. I used to take propranolol. Initially for getting through driving lessons! : ) And i've used them when taking exams etc. They were very successful for me.
there are alot of meds out there given to patients with panic/anxiety, but truth being said it all depends on the doctor on which he wants to prescribe u, there are ssri's, benzo's which alot of doctors don't like to prescribe due to the fact it can be highly addictive, their is also a medication that is called visteral that clams u down, but as i said it is all on what the doctor wants to try u on and what works for u as well... good luck and i would have a talk with my doctor asap about your issues...
Hello bateviad x, I totally agree with what the others have said about the medication for panic attacks. It is true that the benzo's do work, however, they are very addictive, I took xanax for 25 yrs and it took me 18 months to taper and be done with it. If you are going to take meds opt for the antidepressant type. If you want an alternative to medication what pledge stated above about breathing exercises is an excellent way to minimize or take the anxiety away completely. It takes a while to learn, but well worth it. Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing when dealing with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders. This breathing exercise will really work. It's called 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath)
This exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.
Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
You should try to always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply. This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass. Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens - before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. I hope this has helped and you are feeling better soon... pamee
What I would recommend before taking any of the meds is to use some techniques. I have nothing against meds, I have used them for a bit. But I think you should try some techniques before hand. Just a thought you can message me ill be happy to share some
I just got over my GAD without meds.
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