Panic Disorders Medications
Panic disorders can be treated with medications available in the market, but never use them on your own and without a prior consultation with the doctor. One type of these medications is classified as SSRIs, which stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, among which are Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac. Benzodiazepines are another type of medications given for panic problems, and most important medications from this group are Klonopin, Valium, Ativan and Xanax. Panic disorders can also be treated by:TCA, tricyclic antidepressants (among which most popular are Norpramin, Anafranil and Tofranil), MAOIs, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, (among which most popular are Nadril, Parnate and Marplan), and antidepressants, which have mixed neurotransmitter abilities (among which is Venlafaxine).
Panic disorders are mostly treated with a combination of counseling (like cognitive-behavioral therapy) and medications. Behavioral and thinking patterns can be altered with the help of counseling. This combination is very effective and patients can take medications for a whole year without dangers. Panic attacks can stop occurring and this is when the use of medications need to end. During this treatment, visit to the doctor's office will be frequent. The doctor will monitor your progress and change medications or dosage used if there is no progress noted. Hospitalization may be needed if the patient suffers from too frequent panic attacks. Panic attacks are triggered by some situations or circumstances, so try to avoid them. Also, know that panic attacks cannot be treated with a surgery of any kind.
Panic attacks can be treated with a variety of other methods outside the medicine. Relaxation techniques for anxiety and panic attacks are one of such methods, which will make the healing process faster. Muscle relaxation and breathing exercises are the most popular relaxation exercises. You can use physical exercises as well and they will have the same effect as the relaxation exercises. Nutrition is also important, so try to avoid foods rich in calories and oily food, while eating fresh fruits as much as you can is highly recommended.
There are some serious side effects associated with panic attack medications. They can even bring your life in danger so you can see why people tend to avoid these medications once they learn about the possible side effects. But you do not need to stop taking these medications if you experience side effects. See your doctor, consult him or her and follow the instructions given. The doctor might just reduce the dosage or alter prescription. More modern techniques try to revert your mind from the things that cause panic attacks, and they focus your mind on happier thoughts. Distraction technique is the name used for this method. Be patient when taking these medications because results will not appear fast.