Klonopin – an effective Panic Attack Medication?
Panic attacks and anxiety attacks, if persistent, can be a big problem to whoever is experiencing them. Usually, those that suffer from these attacks are rapidly, if not already, losing all hope of a normal life. If you, or anyone you know are often experiencing panic or anxiety attacks then you should take comfort in the fact that there are various medications that have proven themselves in dealing with these symptoms. These drugs are very effective in both preventing panic attacks as well as reducing them. Remember that these medications are only there to help you deal with your problem not to erase it for you.
The main three groups of these medications are called: antidepressants, serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) and benzodiazepines. The most often used benzodiazepines to treat panic and anxiety attacks are Alprazolam or Xanax and Klonopin, which is also known as Klonopin, Valium (Diazepam) and finally Ativan or Lorazepam.
With some antidepressants like Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors there can be serious problems connected with diet and drug interactions. For this reason you are better of with something more commonly used like Norpramin or Tofranil.
Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are somewhat new medications used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. They have proven very effective in treating these problems and since they tend to have fewer health related side effects then most other drugs are widely prescribed by doctors. Over 70% of people who used them claimed that SSRIs were a great help in treating panic attacks. The most widely known SSRI is Prozac.
Luckily, I never had a big problem with panic or anxiety attacks. Like most former college students I know all too well about pre-exam exam anxiety and later, when I started working, I had an occasional tight schedule that would make me a little panicky and anxious before I finished it but that goes for anyone,It was nothing that my doctor felt that needed to be treated with medications and I tend to believe him as he is the expert, not me. I do visit a psychologist from time to time for a little talk, but that is it
My good friend isn’t that lucky. He often had to deal with serious anxiety issues and panic attacks and after a potentially dangerous attack he finally decided to visit a psychiatrist. After a few sessions she decided to write him a prescription for Klonopin. She could prescribe something like Xanax which is somewhat faster to start working but it is probably good that she didn’t. Xanax is known to be addictive and can cause serious problems if one decides to stop using it too quickly. Klonopine is a little slower than this but can be easier to quit. Plus it can provide relief longer and he needed fewer doses than he would need with Xanax, My friend claims that Klonopin was of great help to him in dealing with his panic problem and I have no reason not to believe his word on this.