A member asked:

Individual choice i'm sure --but which do you see used more for daytime anxiety and which for sleep....klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan?

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Dr. Joel Gallant answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Benzodiazepines are habit forming and potentially addictive. There are better, safer medications to use, such as zolpidem (ambien) and Eszopiclone (lunesta). However, even these drugs can become habit forming, for long-term use, a sedating antidepressant may be the safest medical therapy.

Answered Jan 21, 2016

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Dr. Robert Killian answered

Specializes in General Practice

I may be an alternative voice here on health tap. But, having two different benzodiazepine prescriptions often represents misuse or over use or addiction. I often check in with my patients who are on multiple medications for their mental health and discuss living life without these drugs; or adding alternative ways to treat anxiety that are more natural.

Answered Jul 13, 2015

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Dr. Jane Steiner answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

....Either if at all possible and use non-addictive meds instead to deal with chronic anxiety and chronic issues with sleep. The most appropriate reason i can think of to use a benzo is an acute crisis like a loss of a loved one when maybe one needs help getting through a tough situation like a funeral, but that situation will pass. Anxiety that is there more often than not is chronic.

Answered Jul 13, 2015

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