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What are the best psychiatric medicines for claustrophobia?

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Dr. Ashok Kumar

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Published At September 15, 2023
Reviewed AtSeptember 15, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

What are the best psychiatric medicines for claustrophobia? I am currently experiencing claustrophobia and would like to research the different medications.

Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I like to inform you that the best treatment for claustrophobia is psychotherapy rather than psychiatric medications. As per the available experience, I feel that exposure therapy and cognitive behavior therapy works best for the management of claustrophobia. In case the psychotherapy option is not available or does not help the individual to a significant level I often recommend one of the following medications.

1. Benzodiazepines- Alprazolam and Clonazepam work best although some cases get better responses with Diazepam or Chlordiazepoxide

2. SSRI medications- Although all of the SSRI medications can be used I generally prefer Paroxetine or Sertraline as they work better in comparison to others.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ashok Kumar
Dr. Ashok Kumar

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