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My psychiatrist won't prescribe klonopin (clonazepam) and ativan together. my old psychiatrist did. why is one doctor saying it's too much and dangerous. ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Each provider practices differently. I personally would try to avoid prescribing two benzodiazapines.

Answered May 19, 2015

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Dr. Diane Minich answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

benzodiazapines and it is not recommended to use 2 at the same time.

Answered May 19, 2015

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Instead of prescribing 2 Benzodiazepines, using one or the other at optimized dose makes more sense.

Answered May 19, 2015

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Dr. Roxanne Lewis answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Klonopin (clonazepam) and Ativan are both Benzodiazepines. We now know that using benzodiazepines for other than very short term treatment, ( 30 days) can cause the development of more benzo receptors in the locus coeruleus causing more anxiety. Best to not use these for long term treatment. Older Docs did not know this; Benzo's used to be prescribed forever for everything. Now this is malpractice.

Answered May 24, 2015

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