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Medications for Panic Disorder

Other names: Panic; Panic Attacks

Symptoms of panic attack usually begin abruptly and include rapid heartbeat, chest sensations, shortness of breath, dizziness, tingling, and anxiousness. Treatments include several medications and psychotherapy.

Drugs used to treat Panic Disorder

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Klonopin 8.5 286 reviews for Klonopin to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
clonazepam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Xanax 9.1 254 reviews for Xanax to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
alprazolam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
clonazepam 8.6 514 reviews for clonazepam to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
clonazepam systemic
Brand name:
Klonopin
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
alprazolam 8.9 406 reviews for alprazolam to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
alprazolam systemic
Brand names:
Xanax, Xanax XR, Alprazolam Intensol
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Zoloft 7.5 376 reviews for Zoloft to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
sertraline systemic
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
lorazepam 8.5 112 reviews for lorazepam to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
lorazepam systemic
Brand names:
Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Ativan 8.4 53 reviews for Ativan to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
lorazepam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
buspirone 5.2 159 reviews for buspirone to treat Panic Disorder
Rx B N X
Generic name:
buspirone systemic
Brand name:
BuSpar
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
BuSpar 5.3 76 reviews for BuSpar to treat Panic Disorder
Rx B N X
Generic name:
buspirone systemic
Drug class:
miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
sertraline 7.7 570 reviews for sertraline to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
sertraline systemic
Brand name:
Zoloft
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
propranolol Off-label 8.4 74 reviews for propranolol to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
propranolol systemic
Drug class:
non-cardioselective beta blockers, group II antiarrhythmics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Xanax XR 8.3 49 reviews for Xanax XR to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
alprazolam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Prozac 6.8 84 reviews for Prozac to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
fluoxetine systemic
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Alprazolam Intensol 9.0 5 reviews for Alprazolam Intensol to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
alprazolam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
citalopram Off-label 8.4 111 reviews for citalopram to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
citalopram systemic
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Effexor XR 6.7 46 reviews for Effexor XR to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
venlafaxine systemic
Drug class:
serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
fluoxetine 7.2 147 reviews for fluoxetine to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
fluoxetine systemic
Brand name:
Prozac
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
bupropion Off-label 7.6 24 reviews for bupropion to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
bupropion systemic
Drug class:
miscellaneous antidepressants, smoking cessation agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Lorazepam Intensol 9.0 6 reviews for Lorazepam Intensol to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D 4 X
Generic name:
lorazepam systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics, benzodiazepine anticonvulsants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Paxil 7.5 98 reviews for Paxil to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D N X
Generic name:
paroxetine systemic
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
venlafaxine 6.4 82 reviews for venlafaxine to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
venlafaxine systemic
Brand name:
Effexor XR
Drug class:
serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
clomipramine Off-label 8.6 42 reviews for clomipramine to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
clomipramine systemic
Drug class:
tricyclic antidepressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
paroxetine 7.5 142 reviews for paroxetine to treat Panic Disorder
Rx D N X
Generic name:
paroxetine systemic
Brand names:
Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva
Drug class:
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
chlordiazepoxide Off-label 10 5 reviews for chlordiazepoxide to treat Panic Disorder
Rx N 4 X
Generic name:
chlordiazepoxide systemic
Drug class:
benzodiazepines
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
nefazodone Off-label 9.8 11 reviews for nefazodone to treat Panic Disorder
Rx C N X
Generic name:
nefazodone systemic
Drug class:
phenylpiperazine antidepressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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