Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
300
Tried for
panic disorder (257) anxious mood (171)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
174
Tried for
panic disorder (156) anxious mood (72)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
panic disorder (117) panic attacks (72)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
depressed mood (95) panic disorder (59)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
depressed mood (91) panic disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
depressed mood (95) panic disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
anxious mood (71) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
anxious mood (48) depressed mood (39)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
anxious mood (50) depressed mood (22)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (13)
3 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (143 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 39 more
Total evaluations
188
Tried for
panic disorder (257) anxious mood (171)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 23 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
panic disorder (156) anxious mood (72)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 31 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
panic disorder (117) panic attacks (72)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 51 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
depressed mood (95) panic disorder (59)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (50 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 44 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
depressed mood (91) panic disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (62 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches anxious mood 49 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
depressed mood (95) panic disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 10 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (71) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction drowsiness 40 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
anxious mood (48) depressed mood (39)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 15 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
anxious mood (50) depressed mood (22)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fatigue 30 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (13)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 52
20s 1425
30s 4170
40s 5059
50s 4368
60s 1967
70+ 416
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1546
20-29 years 1067
30-39 years 641
40-49 years 369
50-59 years 97
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4775
Female 12812

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5141
Not Diagnosed 2102

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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