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A 39-year-old female asked:

Can panic attacks occur multiple times a night every night, don't respond to ativan, (lorazepam) can't be controlled by breathing and reach hr of 180bpm? daytime

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Dr. Erik Messamore
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possible, but...: As you probably already know, this is not the classical picture for panic attacks. On the other hand, it is possible that the symptoms you describe are panic attacks. I would suggest looking for other causes though - such as thyroid, other endocrine, or other medical disorders. Also, a large number of medications and 'recreational' drugs could contribute to anxiety/panic symptoms.
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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Sounds more like SLEEP APNEA...get a sleep study!
Feb 21, 2015
Last updated Feb 21, 2015


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