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What kinds of medications are safe for a child who has panic attacks?
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Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: SSRIs
Ssris like sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram are preferred, but only in more severe cases such as when the attacks prevent normal activities like school attendance.
Other anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines are not recommended because of their potential side effects and other issues such as withdrawal and abuse potential. Behavior therapy is the treatment choice and is generally successful.

In brief: SSRIs
Ssris like sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram are preferred, but only in more severe cases such as when the attacks prevent normal activities like school attendance.
Other anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines are not recommended because of their potential side effects and other issues such as withdrawal and abuse potential. Behavior therapy is the treatment choice and is generally successful.
Dr. David Galbraith
Dr. David Galbraith
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Dr. Dan Gillette
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: SSRI's
Typically, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri) meds are the first thing tried, although there are other options as well.
Examples include zoloft /sertraline, celexa/ citalopram, lexapro/ escitalopram, paxil/ paroxetine, prozac/ fluoxetine.

In brief: SSRI's
Typically, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri) meds are the first thing tried, although there are other options as well.
Examples include zoloft /sertraline, celexa/ citalopram, lexapro/ escitalopram, paxil/ paroxetine, prozac/ fluoxetine.
Dr. Dan Gillette
Dr. Dan Gillette
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