Medications for Social Anxiety

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The NICE guidelines recommend CBT as the first line treatment. They suggest you should only choose to proceed with medication following discussion with your healthcare provider. If you do receive medication you should be offered a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (‘SSRI’ for short): either escitalopram or sertraline. SSRIs are antidepressants, but they can also be helpful for anxiety – being offered an antidepressant does not necessarily mean that you have depression.

Please read the full medication section within NICE guidance of NICE-Social-Anxiety-Guidelines-for-the-General-Public