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
241
Tried for
panic disorder (204) anxious mood (135)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
135
Tried for
panic disorder (118) anxious mood (55)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
120
Tried for
panic disorder (91) panic attacks (56)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
depressed mood (71) panic disorder (46)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
depressed mood (76) panic disorder (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
depressed mood (69) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
anxious mood (68) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
anxious mood (37) depressed mood (29)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
anxious mood (39) depressed mood (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
pain (38) anxious mood (9)
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 (116 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
157
Tried for
panic disorder (204) anxious mood (135)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 17 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
panic disorder (118) anxious mood (55)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
panic disorder (91) panic attacks (56)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 42 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
depressed mood (71) panic disorder (46)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased energy 32 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
depressed mood (76) 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 (69) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
anxious mood (68) 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 (29)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 12 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
anxious mood (39) depressed mood (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (38) anxious mood (9)
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 48
20s 1223
30s 4096
40s 5106
50s 4526
60s 2165
70+ 493
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1556
20-29 years 1074
30-39 years 642
40-49 years 373
50-59 years 99
60-69 years 14
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4829
Female 12966

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5171
Not Diagnosed 2094

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