Understanding the Basics of Anxiety Attack Medications

by Beth Kaminski

Posted on Sunday 13th of September 2009

If you are suffering from panic disorder or anxiety disorder, the few questions you would ask yourself are "Are there any anxiety attack medications?" "Are these medications effective?" "What are the side effects of these medications?" Most of these questions will be answered by the doctor or therapist. Pharmaceutical companies with their aggressive marketing and advertising have been successful in totally confusing the general public on anxiety attack medications. With all the hype, you will surely get lost and opt for over-the-counter anxiety attack medications and go in for something that is not at all effective.

While you are out for taking a panic attack treatment, make sure you end up your search with a good doctor or therapist. It is only the doctor who would properly look at each and every aspect, analyze the situation and advice you the right cure. Once the treatment is started, its your responsibility to carry it forward properly. Doctor is just a guide and a mere help. He can only prescribe the medication, making its full use it up to you.

A particular class of medicine that is popular among doctors is Tricyclic Antidepressants. They are very effective in treating panic disorders. They also have some side effects. They are as follow.

* You may experience inability to defecate or even have constipation problems
* You may have difficulty in urinating
* You may experience blurred vision
* You may have problems while engaging in any form of sexual activities, including sexual intercourse
* If you are a male, then you may experience erectile dysfunction
* You may have over-sensitivity when exposed to sunlight
* You may have excessive sweating

Other common side effects of taking Tricyclic Antidepressants are irritability, jitteriness, possible weight gain, unusual sleeping habits, and hyperactivity. Most of the above mentioned symptoms of Tricyclic Antidepressants can be easily controlled by some mild medication. However, if the side effects are becoming unbearable and you are experiencing extreme pain, then it is best to let your doctor or therapist know about it.

Some of the common examples if tricyclic anti depressants are Nortriptyline, Desipramine, Doxepin, Imipramine, Amitriptyline, Venlafaxine, Clomipramine.

Another class of medications that is very effective in the treatment of panic disorder is Benzodiazepines. It is known fact that this class of medications has considerable effect on people suffering from generalized panic disorders. If you ask any doctor or medical professional about the success rate of this medication then the answer will be in the range of 70 to 80 percentages. This rate is very good considering the factors of age, lifestyle, and medical condition of the patients.

Benzodiazepines like the other anxiety attack medications, also has side effects which the patients need to bear. Common side effects of the Benzodiazepines medications are reduced and decreased mental toughness, inability to speak clearly, drowsiness, mood swings etc. In addition to these side effects, the patient may also get easily agitated with the little provocation. Due to these side effects, there is an urgent need to tell your family, friends, and office colleagues about the medication that you are on.

Sharing your problems with your family, friends, close relatives, and office colleagues will make you more comfortable when you are actually facing panic or anxiety attacks.

Some of the doctors might meet your near and dear once to let them know about the severity of the situation. At times the doctor would like all the relatives, friends, and office colleagues of the patient to assemble in a meeting and address to them as a whole. He would also inform them about the first aid that would be required in case of an emergency. This is a quality of a good doctor who would really like to see his patients in a healthy state.

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