Although benzodiazepines are commonly used in the management of anxiety, only one randomized controlled trial addressed this in the PD population (40). Bromazepam, a long-acting benzodiazepine, was reported to improve psychic and somatic (i.e., tremor) symptoms of anxiety. Anecdotally, other benzodiazepines have also been noted to be effective. Clonazepam was reported to be effective in a patient with anxiety and panic attacks that were refractory to alprazolam, lorazepam, and numerous antidepressants (45). Although benzodiazepines may be effective, its long-term use, especially in the elderly or frail patient, may be associated with unfavorable effects on alertness, cognition, and gait, and an increased risk of falls (46-48). Therefore, benzodiazepines should be used judiciously with careful evaluation of potential risks and benefits.
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With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.