Our expert says:
All significant psych conditions, such as Panic Disorder, should best be assesse and diagnsed by a psychiatrist rather than a GP, and a psychiatrist should suggest the range of treatments to use ( which may well include medications and CBT style counselling, probably from a psychologist ) - though continuing the medication provision and monitoring progress can be well done by a good GP.
Fears that one will have a heart attack or otherwise drop dead, or go mad, or similar catastrophes, are absolutely typical of Panic Disorder. Fortunately none of these things actually happen - they're how one feels when flooded internally with panic-inducing chemicals.
Usually 6 weeks should be long enough to decide whether this particular med will be useful, and in your situation, apparently this isn't the right one for you. Fortunately, there are many alternatives.
Liza's experienced comments are wise and worthy attending to
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