How does fluoxetine treat panic disorder?

Fluoxetine and other types of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often prescribed as a first type of medication for panic disorder because of their relative safety. Serotonin is a chemical that regulates mood. Fluoxetine slows the reabsorption of serotonin into the body, making serotonin more available to the brain and improving mood. Panic disorders often coexist with other mental health issues such as depression. Because fluoxetine can address both the mental health issues and panic disorders, it is an effective medical option when combined with other forms of treatment.

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