tricyclic antidepressant drug, blocks panic attacks
a family of drugs that reduce anxiety but do not reduce panic attacks
Newer serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can be used as antidepressants
Prozac and Paxil
Drugs affecting which systems seem to be effective in treating panic disorder?
Noradrenergic, serotonergic, and GABA-benzodiazepine neurotransmitter systems
What is the major downside to taking SSRIs?
sexual dysfunction occurs in at least 75% of patients taking this drug.
What are the major downsides to taking benzodiazepines?
Patients become dependent (addicted) to this drug, and cognitive and motor functioning is diminished.
alprazolam (high potency benzodiazepine)