An Effective Treatment For Panic Attacks and Anxiety

Anxiety and panic attacks can be a huge problem, especially if left untreated. People who are affected by them often quickly find themselves completely unable to function normally and enjoy their lives. If you are suffering from this psychological disorder, or if you have someone close to you who is affected by it, you might think that there’s little hope. However, that is not the case – there are numerous medications that can be used for the treatment of this condition, and modern medical science has found effective ways of coping with it. Some of these drugs and medications might not work for everyone, but others, like Klonopin have a proven track record and can be very effective and efficient.

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Benzodiazepines, Antidepressants, SSRIs

Among numerous drugs that are used for the treatment of panic attacks, three major groups stand out. These are benzodiazepines, antidepressants and SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Most doctor’s prefer to use benzodiazepines as their first line of defense against panic attacks and anxiety disorders, especially for patients who haven’t used any drugs for the treatment of psychological issues in the past. Most popular benzodiazepine based drugs today are Xanax, Alprazolam, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin.

While some drugs used for the treatment of depression can be used to help with panic attacks, they are really not the most preferred choice for most people, since there’s a big chance that the drugs can react with other medications of substances found in foods and beverages. Most Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors fall under this category, and you should avoid taking them if you have a choice – something based on benzodiazepines, like Klonopin will often prove to be a better choice. There’s also an option to use selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, since they have proven themselves as a viable treatment for anxiety and panic attacks, and can have much fewer side effects than some other prescription drugs. Their rate of success is around 70% – meaning that they are effective for seven out of ten patients who suffer from panic attacks. The most popular choice when it comes to SSRIs is Prozac.


Panic Attacks Experience

I am one of the lucky people who never had much problems with anxiety and panic attacks. Sure, like most other people, I’ve experienced anxiety in stressful situations – there are everyday situations, at home, school and work that put much pressure on anyone. Fortunately, it was never serious enough that a doctor would prescribe medication. I did struggle with anxiety at my final year at college, but several visits to the psychologist were all it took for the problem to go away.

A lot of people are not that lucky. I have a very good friend that suffered from serious anxiety issues, and he’s psychiatrist decided that the best course of action for him was Klonopin. In retrospect, it’s good that he didn’t get an prescription for Xanax or something stronger, since those medications can quickly lead to the development of drug dependency. Klonopin is much safer in that regard, and though there’s a small chance of side effects and dependency, it’s much easier to tolerate and quit, once the problem has been resolved.


  1. I have been fortunate as well. A healthy diet, exercise and adequate sleep does go a long way for me. As mentioned, a lot of people are not that lucky.

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