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Vital Public Information On Panic Disorder Drugs

By Yuval Harpaz

Several present day drugs can be used in the treatment of Panic Disorder. Aside from the fact that they only temporarily alleviate the symptoms and don’t repress the disorder, several of them can affect patients negatively, and are not suitable for all people. This article gives some basic information on drugs that are known to be helpful.

Benzodiazepines – Additionally known as Diazepam or Valium. Benzodiazepines are recognized as relaxants, and they restrain the body’s cognitive abilities for a minimal period. These are not appropriate for those who drive, since judgment is easily impaired. Alcohol shouldn’t be consumed while on Benzodiazpines. Lack of coordination and dizziness can cause patients to fall injuring themselves, but these side effects are not long term. Benzodiazepines are short-term treatment, when coupled with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

SSRI – This stands for Serotonin-Specific Reuptake Inhibitors, but these are commonly called anti-depressants. This category includes: Sertraline, Paroxetine, Flouxetine, Fluvoxamine, Escitalopram, Dapoxetine, and Citalopram. All drugs in this category have side effects, and some are more influential than others. These cannot be used to treat expectant mothers, or those who wish to become pregnant because they can cross the placenta and impress the fetus. Those who are hemophiliacs are have cardiac disease should not take SSRI’s. It’s important to remember that SSRI’s don’t treat the problem; they only aid suppressing the symptoms.

Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) – These are powerful antidepressants which can also be used to treat Panic Disorder, but are generally not prescribed long term. They also have a long list of side effects, although they do not cross the placenta so may be prescribed short term for pregnant women. As with SSRIs, alcohol can increase their toxicity. TCAs are known to cause powerful withdrawal symptoms. As with SSRIs, they do not treat the cause; CBT should be undertaken for that.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) – The strong anti-depressants, these are not used until all other anti-depressants have failed. These drugs can impede your ability to digest certain foods which may cause digestive disturbances. These have intense withdrawal symptoms and do not mix well with other drugs or alcohol. Like many suppressants, MAOI’s decrease the impact of symptoms but don’t attack the cause. CBT may be instrumental in addressing the cause of Panic Disorder to permit the elimination of MAOI treatment as early as possible.

Generally, it is best to discuss medical and psychological treatment with your family doctor. Those who believe they are haunted by any phobia, especially panic attack symptoms with no link, should talk to their doctors before submitting to any form of treatment. The doctor can refer patients to a specialist in any area.

Find out more how to Stop Panic Attacks by visiting Yuval Harpaz’s site at, where you can download a FREE self-help guide on how to Start Reducing Stress NOW for your needs.

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