Simply said: SEVERAL :) Are you just starting to have panic attacks? If so, I'm sorry. They're awful. So there can be something called a generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder which would be diagnosed by your doctor where you're relatively anxious all the time with panic attacks on top or where you just have acute or sudden onset panic attacks. I have panic attacks as well as anxiety, but my anxiety isn't 24/7 and I can keep it at bay by using benzodiazepines.
These mild sedatives belong to a group of medicines
called central nervous system depressants. Benzodiazepines may be habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence), especially when taken for a long time or in high doses. Benzodiazepines approved by the FDA for the treatment of panic disorder include alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin) and lorazepam (Ativan). I am partial to Xanax and will be on it until my dying day. The next two classes of drugs I'm listing are meds you'd take on a daily basis to treat more of a anxiety disorder rather than just taking when needed as you can do with benzodiazepines. But many people on the above drugs are prescribed a certain number per day to keep their anxiety at bay and can also be taken when you feel an attack coming on.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Generally safe with a low risk of serious side effects, SSRI antidepressants are typically recommended as the first choice of medications to treat panic attacks. SSRIs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of panic disorder include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva) and sertraline (Zoloft).
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These medications are another class of antidepressants. The SNRI drug called venlafaxine hydrochloride (Effexor XR) is FDA approved for the treatment of panic disorder.
Depending on the severity and frequency of your attacks, you can discuss the best options with your doctor. SSRI's and SSRI's may be prescribed along with a benzodiazepine.
Hope that gives you a good starting place to discuss with your doctor and you'll find many members on this site suffer from anxiety as well. Wishing you the best!
Hi, some people benefit from taking an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication daily if the panic attacks are occurring regularly. SSRI's for example, as Cupcake has suggested. Other options are Diazepam, Librium, Propranolol... to take as needed, if the panic attacks are further apart. There really are many options. I would suggest that you discuss them with your doctor. What is best for one person may be different for another. Sorry there is no easy answer!
Hi there russ. These are some meds used for panic attacks:
I have severe and I mean severe, panic attacks. I take 4 mg of Klonopin, 400 mg Lamictal and 2400 mg of Gabapentin per day. When I feel a panic attack first starting to come on I take 600 mg of Gabapentin and 1 mg of Klonopin. This is what my psych recommended. It works great for me. I also take this when I feel uncontrollably angry. The important thing is that I'm aware of the anger or panic right away, so I can get a handle on things before I do something stupid and regretful.
I pray you find the right medication/medications for panic attacks. No one knows how awful they are unless it happens to them.
I've never said this to anyone on drugs.com before, however, I think this is the time to say it. Talk to me. Sounds arrogant, huh? I knew it would. It doesn't matter. If you know how to private question, then you can do it that way. Otherwise, just continue your conversation on this post. Forgive me for being egotistical.
God bless you, russ
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