Can nitrous oxide cause severe anxiety and panic attacks?

Possibly. First, it is a sympathy mimetic agent, so it may directly cause that reaction, although I have never seen it. Also, simply the process of initiating the anesthetic, breathing through the mask, may trigger an attack. Ask your doctor to prescribe an anxiolytic to those before your next procedure.
Not directly. In some individuals who are clostraphobic, wearing a nasal mask can produce these unpleasant symptoms. Usually is notice within a few minutes that this is the case. Anxiety and panic symptoms are not from the direct effects of nitrous oxide.

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Have been on minivelle. 5 patch for about 6 weeks. No night sweats but severe anxiety and panic attacks. Could the patch cause this?

Yes. It's possible that the Minivelle patch can cause anxiety as a side effect. Discuss with prescribing doctor and ask for advice re dose change or alternative med. I hope this helps. Best wishes. Read more...

Stopped the birth control pill 5 months ago and have experienced severe anxiety and panic attacks and constant nervousness. What is the cause?

Exam. You should have a complete physical exam: have your thyroid, blood sugar and blood chemisties and hormone levels checked. If all tests are negative, you should speak to a behaviour counselor or a psychotherapist. Read more...

I have a lot of palps. I am totally aware of my heart and have severe anxiety and panic attacks. Could the palps be atrial fib or bc of the anxiety?

Palps. Palps (palpitations) are defined as skipped heart beats and may indicate a rhythm disorder, without specifically identifying which one. At your age without any apparent heart disease (I assume) it is highly unlikely to be Afib. Your symptoms could well be due to anxiety and panic attacks. Your doctor has the means to determine exactly if you truly have a rhythm disorder or "just" anxiety. Read more...

I have severe anxiety and panic attacks daily. What medication would you suggest?

See below. Sorry you are suffering from so much anxiety. Anxiety and panic attacks respond very well to SSRI/SNRI type antidepressants such as Zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac or Celexa. Adding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) will help. There are CBT apps available for smart phone. For info on Anxiety and Panic SEE: http://bit.ly/104V8hb + http://bit.ly/1saJf5y Video on 4-7-8 breathing: http://bit.ly/1uyQgg8. Read more...
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Therapy? Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety/depression/panic attacks is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. Read more...
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The usual ones are. SSRI's, but beware of side effect and/or withdrawal problems should you quit them without supervision. Short-term meds are benzo's, but again watch for dependence or rebounds. Severe panic usually does not respond to herbs (Valerian Root, etc.), so treatment involves meds, exercise, AND psychotherapy---CBT being in vogue presently. Massage, acupuncture and hypnosis have been know to help... Read more...
Exposure therapy. There is a lot of validation for treatments that involve gradually increased exposure to the symptoms of panic coupled with relaxation training. Ssri meds are often prescribed for anxiety as well as for depression, but you can also learn how to manage, decrease, & sometimes completely eliminate the problem by working with a therapist who specializes in exposure-based therapy for panic. Read more...

Is there a good medicine for treating severe anxiety and panic attacks?

Too many to list. There are many excellent medications used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. These medication fall into two categories: "rescue" medications that treat the symptoms when they are present, and "maintenance" medications that prevent the symptoms from coming on. Talk with your family doctor, internist, or psychiatrist on what medications would be best for your particular situation. Read more...
Anxiety treatment. Yes, there are many good medications available. Some medicines are good for long-term treatment and prevention, like the ssri and snri class of medications (antidepressants also used to treat anxiety). Others are good for short-term treatment or on-the-spot treatment, such as the benzodiazepines, some antihistamines (like vistaril), and low doses of blood pressure medications. Read more...
Yes lots. Any good psychiatrist can help you find the right meds. Read more...

Are there any conditions, common our uncommon, that could be causing my severe anxiety and panic attacks?

Anxiety & Panic. Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks are conditions in and of themselves, sometimes alone and sometimes overlapping. A mental health professional can teach you strategies to deal w/them. Please see your doc to rule out underlying conditions such as thyroid or other hormonal imbalance situations. See www.relaxationresponse.org for some self-help. Peace and good health. Read more...

I am having issues with severe anxiety and panic attacks and would prefer to stay away from medication. I was hoping for other advice with coping.

Lifestyle Changes. There are several different lifestyle changes that can improve anxiety for people who do not want to take medication. Dietary changes can include staying away from caffeine and other stimulants. Lifestyle changes that help anxiety and panic attacks include exercising regularly and meditating daily. The more severe your anxiety, the more intense your lifestyle changes will likely have to be. Read more...

I get severe anxiety and panic attacks. I am out of my klonopin (clonazepam). Would Temazapam or Doxepin help?

You Need A Plan. Treating severe anxiety and panic attacks requires a plan and an ongoing relationship with a psychiatrist who is prescribing your medication and providing therapy that will be helpful to you. Substituting one medication for another depends on the particular medication, the length of time that you have been taking it, the dosage and the overall treatment plan. Review the situation with your M.D. Read more...
Addictive Drugs. The medicines you mention are benzodiadepines, to be used only in the short term for anxiety. In the long term they are addictive and you need more drug to get the same effect. Please see a psychiatrist to work out a plan for your anxiety which should include an SSRI drug like Paxil (paroxetine) or Prozac, as well as counseling and therapy. Read more...