Which medications are used in the treatment of social anxiety disorder (social phobia)?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Social phobia typically responds to either an SSRI or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). [60, 61, 62] Initiate treatment with an SSRI and titrate to the minimum effective dose. SSRIs approved for social phobia include paroxetine [63] (including SR form) and sertraline, but other SSRIs have also been shown to be effective (eg, fluvoxamine [64] ). The SSRI dose can be increased if response is partial or nonexistent at 6 weeks—doses can be increased every 2 weeks until maximum dose is reached.


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