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A 30-year-old female asked:

After a few panic attacks, i was prescribed lexapro (escitalopram) (5 drops/day). i'm a bit afraid of taking that and wondering if i should try something else first.

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Book for panic: An oldie but goodie book called "hope and help for your nerves" has helped many who have dealt with panic attacks. If that is what you experienced, the book may help. If they continue, a clinical psychologist can help you deal with the very treatable situation. The fear that it may happen again is the real issue. Remember that panic attacks by their nature are self-limiting. Lots of hope.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 18 years experience
It's a good option: Lexapro (escitalopram) is one of the recommended drugs used for initial treatment of panic disorder. In addition to other drugs available, there are non-medication options to consider, such as cognitive behavior therapy. Therapy has also been effective in patients. Have a conversation with your healthcare provider about your concerns and a discussion about the best treatment option for you.

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