Evidence-based pharmacotherapy of panic disorder: an update

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The evidence-based pharmacotherapy of panic disorder continues to evolve. This paper reviews data on first-line pharmacotherapy, evidence for maintenance treatment, and management options for treatment-refractory patients.

A Medline search of research on pharmacotherapy was undertaken, and a previous systematic review on the evidence-based pharmacotherapy of panic disorder was updated. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors remain a first-line pharmacotherapy of panic disorder, with the serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor venlafaxine also an acceptable early option.

Temporary co-administration of benzodiazepines can be considered. Maintenance treatment reduces relapse rates, but further research to determine optimal duration is needed.
For patients not responding to first-line agents several pharmacotherapy options are available, but there is a notable paucity of data on the optimal choice.

Ref: http://www.docguide.com/evidence-based-pharmacotherapy-panic-disorder-update?hash=80445d1a&eid=21094&alrhash=2efbb8-880279c42369cc2f8adcb48a6daaf3d2

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