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im taking 1mg of clonazepan im taken it for anixety it seems

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im taking 1mg of clonazepan im taken it for anixety it seems like its not working as well can i go up on my dose?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

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Dear friend,

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I believe that I can help you.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Clonazepam is an antianxiety medication that is used for panic attacks rather than just for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

There are several things that may be happening.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

-You are already on the optimal dose of 1 mg per day, based on studies. Nevertheless, some patients are given up to 4 mg per day

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-Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine; there is another drug of this class which is more effective, and this is lorazepam (Ativan).

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

 


-If you have been taking clonazepam for a long time, it could have lost its effectiveness. This is typical. It is also addicting, so you must keep that in mind.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

 


 


I suggest that you talk to your physician (or with a psychiatrist who is a psychotropic drug specialist) about changing to another drug, or increasing dose, or weaning off altogether and using something else.

Customer:

thank you

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :


Ask your physician about buspirone (BuSpar) which can be very effective in lowering your anxiety level.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Also, on the long term you could ask about bupropion (Wellbutrin) which is an antidepressant with excellent antianxiety properties.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Unlike most other antidepressants it does NOT promote weight gain.

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I shall keep you in my prayers. You are very welcome. I wish you my best.

Customer:

my doctor put me on it for my change of life i had breast cancer in 2010 it ws 99 % e positive ive been having nite sweas and crying at a drop of a hat

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

This sounds more like depression than anxiety. Speak to your doctor about weaning you off the clonazepam and trying the bupropion (Wellbutrin).


 

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