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Prednisone & Panic Attack Disorder
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TofuJH posted:
I recently stopped taking oral prednisone (60 mg/day for about 3 weeks). Upon stopping I started experiencing panic attack type symptoms. I had never experienced anything like that in the past.

My doctor put me on lexapro which helps a whole lot. I have been taking it for 3 months but I still have quite some ways to go toward full recovery. My questions are:

1. Should I expect to have panic attacks all my life 2. Exactly how does the prednisone cause the panic attacks
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Dr_Patricia_Farrell responded:
Prednisone is a steroid, thus it can cause panic and mood changes because of that action. I would think that you had a non-uncommon reaction to stopping the prednisone. Usually, it's tapered down slowly to prevent this. I'm not an MD, but I don't think that you will continue to have panic attacks. This was a medication-induced side effect.


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