Our expert says:
PSYCHIATRIST: Aropax (paroxetine) is an SSRI anti-depressant which is widely used to treat Panic Disorder but a dose of 40mg or even 60mg daily may be necessary to treat anxiety disorders. So your husband's dose may need to be increased. Forgetting to take your Aropax for even one day can result in discontinuation symptoms which may be unpleasant physical symptoms.
I am not sure why his doctor is giving him Epilim which is an anti-epileptic medication. We sometimes see panic attack symptoms in patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Perhaps your husband has an abnormality on his EEG. Epilim is also used in psychiatry to stabilise mood swings in Bipolar Mood Disorder.
Length of treatment should not be less than one year and probably better if medications are used for 2 years. Depending on the patient's history, family psychiatric history, circumstances, response to medication and any other psychiatric disorders present, his doctor may keep him on medication even longer.
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