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
232
Tried for
panic disorder (197) anxious mood (129)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
134
Tried for
panic disorder (118) anxious mood (55)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
panic disorder (93) panic attacks (56)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
depressed mood (68) panic disorder (45)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
depressed mood (75) panic disorder (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
depressed mood (67) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
anxious mood (65) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
anxious mood (37) depressed mood (28)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
anxious mood (38) depressed mood (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
pain (40) anxious mood (9)
2 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 (111 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 33 more
Total evaluations
149
Tried for
panic disorder (197) anxious mood (129)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 17 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
panic disorder (118) anxious mood (55)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
panic disorder (93) panic attacks (56)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 40 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
depressed mood (68) panic disorder (45)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased energy 33 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
depressed mood (75) panic disorder (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 40 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
depressed mood (67) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
anxious mood (65) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 36 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
anxious mood (37) depressed mood (28)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
anxious mood (38) depressed mood (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (40) anxious mood (9)
2 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 47
20s 1188
30s 4071
40s 5125
50s 4549
60s 2240
70+ 526
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1558
20-29 years 1081
30-39 years 645
40-49 years 374
50-59 years 99
60-69 years 14
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4848
Female 13035

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5185
Not Diagnosed 2092

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