Venlafaxine for agoraphobia

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I have recently started Venlafaxine for anxiety - mainly agoraphobia.

I am gradually increasing the dose - just started on 75mg twice a day.

My question is - has anyone on here used it successfully for agoraphobia?

If so, did you just feel more able to go out because your anxiety was less?

Or was it a case of pushing yourself to go out, but feeling less panicky when you did?

I hope that makes sense. It's just that I have had agoraphobia for so long now that the thought of going out of my 'comfort area' just fills me with horror, so I don't even attempt it anymore. I am hoping that the venlafaxine will take those feelings away. 

Any help or advice would be great, thanks.


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    Hi im on 37.5mg at nite...i can't take anymore.. it has helped me.. if still got the anxiety but not as bad I had to push myself to go out aswell...the doc has also refereed me to C.B.T aswell x

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    Hi, I was suffering with agoraphobia bought on by panic disorder. At my worst I couldn't leave my bedroom let alone my house! I'm now on 150mg venlafaxine and am happily going out and about, I still have to give myself a push to go somewhere new (and have someone with me) but it's getting easier all the time ?

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      That's great to hear Rhubarb57 - I hope you continue to improve. I have only been on 150mg for just over a week so hopefully they will start to help in a few weeks.



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