Antidepressant medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are most often prescribed for panic disorder. These include: Fluoxetine (Prozac), Sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), and Other SSRIs.
Other medications that may be used include: Other types of antidepressants, such as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and Antiseizure drugs in severe cases. Benzodiazepines, including diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), and lorazepam (Ativan) (for a short time)
When treating Panic Disorder a combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) usually works best. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you understand your behaviors and how to change them. You should have 10 to 20 visits over a number of weeks. During therapy you will learn how to: Understand and control distorted views of life stressors, such as other people's behavior or life events. Recognize and replace panic-causing thoughts, and decrease the sense of helplessness. Manage stress and relax when symptoms occur.
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