Xanax or SSRI – Panic Attack Medications Review

Panic attack medication and drugs can be very useful; but you do need to understand how they work and what they do. If you are thinking that there is a drug to put a stop to a panic attack once it starts, I hate to disappoint you, but there is no such drug. No medication to date can work that fast.

Panic attacks don’t creep up on us; they come out of the blue, peaking at around 10 minutes. Once the attack finishes, you may still feel fearful for some time, most especially of a possible recurrent attack. So, medication can be useful to reduce these lingering effects; but no medication will stop an attack once it has started.

There are several medically prescribed as well as herbal medications on the market for anxiety and panic attacks. As herbal and alternative medicines are very rarely put through FDA drug testing programs, herbal remedies are classed as food supplements. Some people report that these herbal medicines and nerve tonic supplements do indeed work; if you are one of these people you are one of the lucky ones.

There are two main classes of prescribed medication for panic attacks. The first is benzodiazepines, sold under names such as Xanax and Aprolazam. These drugs work to lower your anxiety levels, reducing the incidence of your attacks and the severity of them. There are a few major problems with these drugs however; they make the world fuzzy, and more importantly, they are very addictive. Benzodiazepines are strongly linked to long-term drug dependence, meaning that the long term is bleak, unless you don’t mind getting hooked on a drug.

The more commonly used drug for anxiety and panic attacks is a drug that is classed as an anti-depressant. SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) were not seen as being harmful or for creating dependence. However, more research has shown that this class of drug is linked to weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and sleep disturbances. Asides these long term effects of the drug, there are also early-onset side effects that need to be taken into consideration. These include diarrhea, nausea, agitation, and headaches. These side effects usually subside within 2 or 3 weeks. However, the drug does not work for everyone, many doctors than going on to prescribe the patient benzodiazepines.

So, as you can see, all the evidence is there. There is no magic pill that will get rid of your panic attacks and anxiety for good. Even with prescribed medication, supplementary therapies are often required. Psychological treatments that are often used and found to be successful include cognitive and behavioral techniques. These work to eliminate or reduce the severity of your attacks by modifying your behaviors and thought processes. As some of the most negative effects of anxiety and panic disorder are helplessness and fear, these treatments can make a big difference. Much of this is actually a matter of training, learning, and practice, thousands of people having used these techniques successfully, and without having to pay out huge sums to a psychotherapist every week or month.

So, it all boils down to the fact that the best way to treat your panic attacks and anxiety is to take action. There are plenty of ways to treat anxiety and panic attacks that don’t involve addictive drugs or huge medical bills, herbal alternatives and cognitive therapies being two of the most important of these.

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