Use of benzodiazepines in panic disorder.

Journal Article (Review)

Over the past 15 years, benzodiazepines have been used successfully to treat panic disorder with agoraphobia, but not without some controversy. Efficacy and side effect data from the principal benzodiazepine outcome studies of panic disorder demonstrate that alprazolam, lorazepam, and clonazepam are all clinically effective. Clonazepam has several advantages over other benzodiazepines and can be considered a first-line agent for panic disorder. Benzodiazepines in general are therapeutically effective for a broad range of panic disorder symptoms. Their effect is rapid and maintained without dose increase over a 7- to 8-month period. Discontinuation-related difficulties can occur in a considerable number of patients, but these can be decreased in several ways.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, JR

Published Date

  • January 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 Suppl 2 /

Start / End Page

  • 26 - 28

PubMed ID

  • 9078991

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1555-2101

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6689

Language

  • eng