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What medications are used to treat panic attacks?

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Your doctor might prescribe:

You and your doctor may have to try more than one medication before finding what works best. Some people do best with more than one type.

  • An antidepressant, which is generally the first choice to prevent future panic attacks.
  • An anti-anxiety prescription drug such as a benzodiazepine. For people with substance use disorders, doctors may prescribe other medications.
  • Medicine to even out an irregular heartbeat, if you have one.

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Panic disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Panic attacks and panic disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health (National Institutes of Health): “Anxiety disorders,” “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 26, 2017

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