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What are treatments for agoraphobia?

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There are many drugs your doctor might suggest for agoraphobia. The most common kinds are antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines. Doctors often start with a low dose of one of these medicines that helps the effect of a "feel-good" chemical in your brain, called serotonin. Some of the medications that help balance serotonin are citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), and venlafaxine (Effexor).

You'll probably take medicine for at least 6 months to a year. If you feel better and no longer are stressed when you're in places that used to scare you, your doctor may begin tapering off your medicine.

Lifestyle changes may also help. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Skip caffeine and alcohol. They can make your symptoms worse.

From: What Is Agoraphobia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia."

Medscape: "Phobic Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder."

NHS: "Agoraphobia."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia."

Medscape: "Phobic Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder."

NHS: "Agoraphobia."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 13, 2019

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