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    Suggest treatment for panic attacks while on Citalopram

Posted on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 in Pregnancy
Question: I have long qt sydrome. My qt interval is 460. I suffer with panic attacks which my doctor believes is due to hormones. I am 45 years old old. The panic attacks have recently become more intense and more frequent. I have started to take the progestrone only pill to try and regulate my hormones. My blood pressure has recently gone higher as well. I am very fit/active and not overweight. I eat healthily and do not smoke.

I do not tolerate the beta blockers i was given - propanonol. My cardiologist has agreed for me not to take them. They didn't help with the panic attcks either.

I used to take citalopram for the panic but when we realised about the qt interval I stopped.

Is there any medication that i can take for the panic attacks that will not lengthen my qt interval. How can I naturally lower my blood pressure? I have been trying diet exwecise etc but it hasn't improved.

Many thanks
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Zolpidem can help.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
To help with panic attacks you can take a few measures-
1.Check your caffeine intake-Avoid drinking too much tea, coffee or cola.
2.Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking.
3.Try physical exercise like aerobic exercises daily for twenty minutes.
4.Avoid your worries and problems or solve them with the help of your family and friends.
5. Learn controlled breathing.
6. Do simple relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, etc.
In addition you can get medicines like Zolpidem or alprazolam prescribed from your physician to help this.
Reducing fatty foods, salt and increasing citrus fruits,garlic,fish ,brown rice in your diet helps reducng blood pressure naturally. Also avoid smoking , alcohol and stress.Try yoga, meditation and reduce your weight to lower your blood pressure.
Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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