Q. I had a bad panic attack. When will I become normal?

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Dr. Rishu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 18, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 11, 2020

Hi doctor,

Last night, I had a bad panic attack with shortness of breath, shaking, heart racing and chest pains. Today, I have chest soreness and discomfort. Is this normal? When will it stop? I have anxiety and I am prone to anxiety attacks, but none with chest pain. I am on regular Zoloft 75 mg.

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Hi,

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  • Fast heart rate (palpitations), chest pain or heaviness and breathing difficulty are all observed during a panic attack. These are classical symptoms of panic disorder.
  • Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor given in panic attacks.
  • A panic attack may take up to 48 hours to settle down, so just do not worry. You keep on taking tablet Zoloft 75 mg (Sertraline).
  • If possible you can ask your doctor to add an anti-anxiety drug like Clonazepam or Alprazolam 0.5 mg once daily at sleep time. They are going to lower down your anxiety levels.
  • It is completely normal to have some problems after a panic attack for the next 24 to 48 hours. Do not worry.

For further information consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist


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