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I was prescribed clonazepam for depression and mnerves, is…

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I was prescribed clonazepam...

I was prescribed clonazepam for depression and mnerves, is this a good choice?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been feeling this way? Have you reached out to anyone about this yet?

On and off for a while. I take paxi l on a daily basis but sometimes it does not do the job.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the psychologist should know?

Trouble sleeping and I have been on Ambien and Doc wants to take me off.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Mental Health
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Mental Health Professional: LeahMSWuofm, Clinical Social Worker replied 6 months ago
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Hi, taking clonanzepam on the regular could lead to addiction so it is a drug that should be used conservatively. One of the main problems doesn't come from using it as it is a highly effective drug that can help with anxiety, but instead, comes when the prescriber leaves or chooses to stop prescribing it because of pressures to decrease use of potentially addictive medication like the benzos (clonazepam is a benzo).

So, while it may be good for some short-term use if you re going through a uniquely anxious/worrisome time, I personally feel that you may wish to try other things first, like upping the Paxil, changing to something other than the Paxil, and considering behavioral interventions like therapy.

-Leah

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