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A 45-year-old female asked:

Why are drugs like xanax and klonipin frowned upon to use daily in small doses vs drugs like zoloft and paxil (paroxetine) that are recommended by doctors. ?

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Dr. Gregory Neyman
General Practice 19 years experience
Addiction potential: Because the benzodiazepines such as xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin have addiction potention. They also typically are best at treating intermittent symptoms, whereas the ssris seem better at preventing.
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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Abuse potential: Benzodiazepines such as xanax are easy drugs to abuse due to their "high" and withdrawals. Zoloft and paxil, (paroxetine) being ssris, don't generally give a "high". They are overall much safer, and seem more efficacious in the long run. However, benzos do have their roles; discuss with your doctor.
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Last updated Feb 20, 2016

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