What to Ask Before Taking Drugs for Panic Attacks

Questions to Ask Before Taking Panic Attack Medication

Before taking medication for panic attacks:
 
  • Ask your doctor to tell you about the effects and side effects of the drug he or she is prescribing.
 
  • Tell your doctor about any alternative therapies or over-the-counter medications you are using or thinking about using.
 
  • Ask your doctor when and how the medication will be stopped. Some drugs can't safely be stopped abruptly; they have to be tapered slowly under a physician's supervision.
 
  • Be aware that some medications are effective in anxiety disorders only as long as they are taken regularly, and symptoms may occur again when the medications are discontinued.
 
  • Work together with your doctor to determine the right dosage of the right medication to treat your anxiety disorder.
     
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