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Q. What are the ways to overcome the fear of needles?

Answered by
Dr. Ramchandra Lamba
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 12, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am quite afraid of needles. I get anxious even thinking about blood tests. I fainted once while taking blood test. Please suggest me to overcome fear. I have to get blood tests done but I am extremely anxious.

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Hi,

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Needle phobia is quite common and it has different types like vasovagal syncope attack which you have encountered earlier. You can try local anesthetic cream when a needle is to be inserted so that pain associated with needle prick is not felt. Beta blockers can also be tried as these drugs decrease the likelihood of vasovagal syncope. A psychotherapy called CBT is also effective. In this, a systematic desensitization is done and maladaptive emotion and thought are challenged and corrected.


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