Monday, February 13, 2012

About Panic Disorder: Medication Options for Panic Disorder

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From Katharina Star, your Guide to Panic Disorder
Medication is often prescribed to safely and effectively treat the symptoms of panic disorder, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. The different types of medications used to treat panic disorder can help decrease the severity of panic attacks and reduce a person's overall anxiety. Find out more about the most frequently prescribed medications for anxiety-related disorders.

An Overview of Medications for Panic Disorder
The most frequently prescribed medications for panic disorder fall into two categories: antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Both of these categories of medication aid in symptom reduction of panic and anxiety. Here you will find information on these two types of medications, including how they work to treat panic disorder, possible benefits, and potential side-effects.

How are SSRIs used in the treatment of panic disorder?
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of antidepressants that are commonly prescribed to treat both depression and anxiety disorders. SSRIs can help lessen the severity of anxiety and potentially treat co-occurring symptoms of depression. Find out how SSRIs are used to decrease the symptoms of panic disorder and reduce feelings of panic attacks and anxiety.

Benzodiazepines for the Treatment of Anxiety
Benzodiazepines are a type of anti-anxiety medication that are commonly prescribed for their tranquilizing effect. These medications are known to quickly reduce panic attack symptoms and initiate feelings of relaxation. Here you will find information on how benzodiazepines work, typical side effects, and potential risks and benefits of using this type of medication.

Antidepressants and Weight Gain
Weight gain is a common and upsetting side effect of antidepressants. There are several theories as to why this occurs, but the exact reasons are currently unknown. What is understood is that this troubling side-effect frequently occurs to those who are taking antidepressants. So what can be done to prevent weight gain while on this type of medication? Learn what steps you can take to help manage and avoid this bothersome side effect.


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