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Is Xanax (alprazolam) better at treating panic disorder than ativan or klonipin? & is there any possibility it causes any cardiac effects? Cardiac arrest, arrythmia

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Xanax (alprazolam)

It is more potent during the panic attack due to its rapid onset of action, although with all those meds.
There is potential for abuse, dependency & withdrawal. Any of them at doses higher than recommended daily dose, or if taken along with other meds. That adds to their effect, can lead to respiratory depression & cardiac problems. Close monitoring by a qualified physician is strongly advised.

In brief: Xanax (alprazolam)

It is more potent during the panic attack due to its rapid onset of action, although with all those meds.
There is potential for abuse, dependency & withdrawal. Any of them at doses higher than recommended daily dose, or if taken along with other meds. That adds to their effect, can lead to respiratory depression & cardiac problems. Close monitoring by a qualified physician is strongly advised.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Any of these can cause cardiac arrest or arrhythmia especially if overused.
Xanax (alprazolam) is shorter-acting, Ativan is a little longer-acting so it can build up more in your system. While none of these are safe for long-term use, i would say that xanax (alprazolam) is the safer of the two.

In brief: See below

Any of these can cause cardiac arrest or arrhythmia especially if overused.
Xanax (alprazolam) is shorter-acting, Ativan is a little longer-acting so it can build up more in your system. While none of these are safe for long-term use, i would say that xanax (alprazolam) is the safer of the two.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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