It is important to discuss this concern with your psychiatrist
. I think that the main problem here is may be that you are being prescribed a medication that does not prevent panic attacks from occurring. Lorazepam is a type of medication that helps reduce anxiety
, but it does not prevent anxiety from happening and it does not prevent panic attacks from occurring. In addition, lorazepam only works for about three hours so even if you were to take one or two pills per day, most the day would not be covered with a medication to help prevent your symptoms. The best medication that can be given for anxiety and panic attacks is a type of medication called an SSRI. This stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Examples of commonly prescribed SSRIs include citalopram and sertraline. These medications are taken daily and over the course of a month will help to reduce your anxiety and prevent panic attacks from occurring. The medication is typically taken for at least a year and then sometimes patients are weaned off to see if they can go without them. In severe cases, benzodiazepines such as Lorazapam can be used only when panic attacks occur despite the use of the SSRI. Without the use of the SSRI, your symptoms will not be controlled to matter how much lorazepam your doctor
prescribes. To further discuss this, and perhaps the start of a new medication, I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your psychiatrist.