10th Jan 2023
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder often triggered by an intense fear of open spaces, crowds, or enclosed spaces. People with agoraphobia may also have a fear of having a panic attack in a situation where they cannot escape or get help. As a result, agoraphobia can severely restrict a person’s ability to live a normal life. The mental health condition is treated with therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. This article will explore medication options and briefly describe possible alternative medications. 
The following is a list of possible treatment options:
People with agoraphobia often experience a racing heart, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Anti-anxiety medications can help to reduce these symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with agoraphobia. The most common type of anti-anxiety medication is a benzodiazepine, which increases levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Benzodiazepines can be used on an as-needed basis for situational anxiety, but they are also used in long-term treatment plans for more severe cases of agoraphobia.
Beta-blockers such as propranolol treat high blood pressure as a result of agoraphobia. They can also reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid breathing, heart palpitations and dizziness.
Pregabalin is an anti-convulsant used for neuropathic pain that has been used successfully to treat agoraphobia. It binds to GABA receptors in the brain, which helps reduce anxiety symptoms. In addition, pregabalin effectively reduces the number of panic attacks experienced by people with agoraphobia.  
Herbal remedies claim to offer benefits to those with agoraphobia, but these do not work for everyone. Despite being natural, they may also have contraindications, drug interactions (specifically, St. John’s Wort), and adverse effects, so you should always consult your doctor or health care provider before taking any alternative medication.
If you are doing well on medication, you should not stop it to switch to a herbal remedy without consulting your doctor.
These remedies include:
Agoraphobia can also be treated with psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation, and self-help techniques. This may include exposure therapy, which gradually increases your exposure to anxiety inducing situations. Those living with agoraphobia are encouraged to join support groups where peers can motivate each other.It is also important to build a support network of friends and family that understand agoraphobia, so that you can avoid isolation and move towards recovery.
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