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one moth ago i started to have a panic disorder I believe cause

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one moth ago i started to have a panic disorder I believe cause my marijuana addiction, since then i stopped. my question as i stopped now would my panic disorder go away
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Kaushik replied 5 years ago.
<p>Hi there,</p><p> </p><p>             Welcome to Just Answer !</p><p> </p><p>             Well, first of all i must commend you for your strong will power and stopping marijuana abuse , it is indeed a courageous act and shows lot of character . </p><p> </p><p>Now, as far as your concern about relapse of Panic Attack after stopping marijuana is there, i would say that Marijuana for sure is a Triggering agent for Panic attack , and in your case it was probably the reason for the Panic attack , bUT , having said that , occurence of panic atack can occur on its own also , without any any triggers or precipitating factors involved , so although chances are good for you to not to have panic attack again , as you have stopped taking the triggering agent-- marijuana , but one cannot totally predict whether a panic attack will occur again or not.</p><p> </p><p> But, please do not worry as things are on your side , so in order to prevent the attack again i would recommend the following measures--</p><p> </p><p>1) Please maintain abstinence from Marijuana ,as it is a triggering agent for Panic Attack.</p><p> </p><p>2) Continue on Xanax ( alprazolam) 0.25 mg , whiich is a good anti anxiety drug , works well in panic attack .</p><p> </p><p>3) One plus point in your case which makes you less predisposed to another panic attack is that , you have been maintained on a low dose of xanax , and have not shown relapse of any panic symptoms , plus you have stopped taking the precipitaing factor -- marijuana , so all these things count a lot , and offer good prognosis.</p><p> </p><p>So, please follow what i have discussed here , you may discuss it with your doctor as well , about this conversation. </p><p> </p><p>I am sending a link below which will throw more light on panic disorder and the triggering agents .</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack#Triggers_and_causes">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack#Triggers_and_causes</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I wish you best of health.</p><p> </p><p>I hope my answer serves your query according to your satisfaction.</p><p> </p><p>Please press the ACCEPT button if you are satisfied with the answer , as only then i will be credited for my service.</p><p> </p><p>Warm Regards...</p>
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