My panic started over 30 yrs ago. I didn't know I was gluten intolerant back then and the gluten was causing vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in turn causing my panic attacks to happen. Eventually, I was on Paxil for years, after trial and error trying to figure out what to do. Once I went gluten free, I was able to wean off of Paxil. Occasionally, I would have minor panic, use Xanax for it and get by. Then I realized if I was glutened (meaning I ate something that was cross contaminated) panic would be my first symptom.
about 5 years ago, I went through a very bad time and it triggered my panic again. I was given an RX for Celexa, which I stayed on for at least one year and weaned off of it. I did very well over the next several years, only having panic when I was cross contaminated, which goes away by itself.
I have come to realize, just as Scaredy Cat says, panic is a chronic disorder that often times has triggers which set it off. In March I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. My rheumy put me on NSAIDS, which made me very ill, triggering panic also. This time, I can't handle the panic alone and am back on Celexa for however long it takes. I have been on the Celexa for over 3 weeks and finally am not having panic every day. Actually, I only panicked for a short time yesterday...it has been 6 days of feeling quite normal, well, normal for me.
So I have to say yes, you can go off of meds, yet may need them again and there is no shame in asking for help. We do not cause the panic, it's something misfiring in our brains and sometimes we need help to get that firing order back in line.
Gluten Intolerant, Small Fiber Sensory Polyneuropathy, Gluten Ataxia, Sleep Apnea, CFS, Raynauds, Hypothyroid, Fibromyalgia