There is no one medication that works perfectly for anyone with kleptomania. Choosing the right medication depends on any other conditions you have (e.g., depression, OCD), side effects you may experience and your lifestyle. Understand that these medications may take several weeks to obtain the desired effect fully.
One type of medication taken to control kleptomania symptoms are antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including fluoxetine (e.g., Prozac), paroxetine (e.g., Paxil) and fluvoxamine. SSRIs are commonly used to treat OCD and depression. Some case reports have described SSRIs actually causing kleptomania symptoms to appear however, so stay closely monitored while on these medications.
Other medications for kleptomania include mood stabilizers, tranquilizers and anti-seizure medications. Mood stabilizers decrease mood swings that may trigger a kleptomania episode. Tranquilizers, such as clonazepam and alprazolam, depress the nervous system but may cause mental or physical dependence. Anti-seizure medications, such as topiramate and valproic acid, have also helped in treating kleptomania symptoms in some people.
There is no one right way to treat kleptomania, and no medication or therapy works for all people. If you feel yourself slipping, talk to your doctor, a kleptomania support group or a sympathetic parole officer to get help.