panic disorder are used to control the symptoms
panic attacks, reduce their number and severity, and
anxiety and fear linked with having another
Your symptoms of
panic disorder should start to improve within a few weeks after you start taking
medicines. If improvement is not seen within 6 to 8 weeks, a higher dose or
another medicine may be needed.
medicines used to treat panic attacks need to be continued for a year or longer
and then may be decreased gradually over several
weeks. If you have panic attacks again while
medicines are being stopped, the medicines may be continued for at least a few
months more. Some people may need to stay on medicines for a long time to keep
symptoms under control.
Taking medicines for panic disorder
during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. If you are pregnant
or thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor. You may need to keep taking medicines if your panic disorder is severe. Your doctor can help weigh the risks of
treatment against the risk of harm to your pregnancy.
Medicines used most often to treat panic attacks include:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 17, 2013
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