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Is tranxene for Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

Is tranxene for Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

No: It's is a minor tranquilizer--for Effexor (venlafaxine) discontinuance symptoms the best is take a small (37.5) of effexor (venlafaxine). ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Clonazepam (Definition)

Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more


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Seizures due to Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal?

Seizures due to Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal?

A stated-warning: Possible seizure activities due to abrupt withdrawal of xanax (alprazolam) (hypnotic class of med) is clearly stated in the drug-label for this med. If prolonged use, do not stop abruptly. If you can/need to go off this medication, consult your prescribing physican for appropriate weaning protocol to safely discontinue it. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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The interaction between klonopin (clonazepam) and tegretol:tegretol lowers klonopin (clonazepam) by 30% -does klonopin (clonazepam) raise tegretol ?

The interaction between klonopin (clonazepam) and tegretol:tegretol lowers klonopin (clonazepam) by 30% -does klonopin (clonazepam) raise tegretol ?

Not great combo: Concomitant administration of clonazepam (Klonopin) and carbamazepine (Tegretol) resulted in a 22% increase in clonazepam clearance and a 20.5% decrease in carbamazepine clearance. Carbamazepine is well known to induce its own metabolism as well as the metabolism of other meds making it difficult to manage. Consult provider. Bottom line - Klonopin is not likely to raise Tegretol levels. ...Read more

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Side effects of Lexapro wellbutrin and Xanax (alprazolam) together?

Side effects of Lexapro wellbutrin and Xanax (alprazolam) together?

Low probability: There are the possibility of low probability side effects. With respect to specific interactions, the most prominent thing to remember is that if you stop taking your xanax (alprazolam) suddenly while taking wellbutrin and Lexapro you may make it more likely that you would have a seizure. You also may find operating a motor vehicle more challenging when taking xanax (alprazolam) with any medications. ...Read more

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Can busbar pristiq (desvenlafaxine) or seroquel XR diazepam cause anger issues?

Can busbar pristiq (desvenlafaxine) or seroquel XR  diazepam cause anger issues?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Diazepam: Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) can cause anger issues by triggering mania or hypomania. Diazepam can cause anger issues by its disinhibiting properties in the frontal lobes. Buspar does not have this effect and neither does seroquel. Seroquel if anything has an anti-anger effect. Buspirone lessens anger by knocking out anxious irritability. Best wishes and have a happy new year. ...Read more

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Could Buspar (buspirone) help with klonopin withdrawal?

Could Buspar (buspirone) help with klonopin withdrawal?

No.: Buspar (buspirone) and Klonopin are from two different classes of drugs. Buspar (buspirone) is not a benzodiazepine and does not cause tolerance or withdrawal. Klonopin is a benzodiazepine and does cause tolerance and withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal from Klonopin like increased anxiety, tremor, seizures, and possible death if severe would not be helped by buspar (buspirone). If taper off of Klonopin needed, use like medication. ...Read more

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How to deal with benzo withdrawal (xanax, klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan, valium, etc..)?

Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read more

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Combine klonopin with cymbalta (duloxetine) for anxiety?

Combine klonopin with cymbalta (duloxetine) for anxiety?

Common: You should be in psychotherapy and discuss with your psychotherapists other ways to decrease your anxiety. However, combining clonopin and Cymbalta (duloxetine) is very common in the midwest. I see no contraindications to doing this. Although antidepressants are often touted as being able to take care of anxiety, the reality is that the only do this at the most 50% of the time. Therefore about 50% of patients with combined depression and anxiety will require both the anti-depressant and psychotherapy or benzodiazepine type medications to alleviate their anxiety. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Clonazepam .5 mg effect like xanax (alprazolam)?

Clonazepam .5 mg effect like xanax (alprazolam)?

Yes and no: Clonazepam and xanax (alprazolam) are benzodiazepines often used to treat anxiety-panic attcks, gad or ptsd. They are similar but xanax (alprazolam) is shorter acting and more potent than Clonazepam whixh is less strong and action lasts longer. Xanax (alprazolam) also can lead to addiction more than clonazepam. ...Read more

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Any interaction btween Zoloft Abilify (aripiprazole) trazadon busparone?

Any interaction btween Zoloft Abilify (aripiprazole) trazadon busparone?

Yes, some major: The major alerts are for the risk of serotonin syndrome. Several other concerns exist between these drugs and include increased risks for the common symptoms of dizziness, drowsiness, general impairment of mental function, stomach pain, other pain, etc., etc. Discuss taking any of these along with any others of these. There needs to be good reasons and close monitoring. ...Read more

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Does Ativan (lorazepam) stop seizures?

Does Ativan (lorazepam) stop seizures?

Ativan (lorazepam): can be used to managed status epilepticus (uncontrolled back to back seizures in the hospital setting) One must be prepared to intubate the person receiving multiple doses of this CNS depressant as they might require airway control and artificial respiration should they become over sedated in an attempt to stop seizures. As a maintenance therapy it is limited by its short half life & withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

No, it isn't: Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is one of the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. It works primarily by increasing serotonin. Benzodiazapines on the other hand, enhance effect of gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA). ...Read more

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Bipolar(controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta) and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) ?

Bipolar(controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta)  and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) ?

So much medication: It might be necessary to take some drugs but I question the risks already and adding the new one is especially bad w/ cymbalta (duloxetine). It can cause severe anxiety! Also serotonin syndrome. Almost all of your meds combine to cause a host of symptoms like dizziness, confusion and general impairment. Please consider a good psych eval and adding good psychotherapy to lower need for Rx and help them work! ...Read more

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Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawal causing restless legs?

Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawal causing restless legs?

Could be: Klonopin (clonazepam) and other benzodiazepines are occasionally used for restless leg syndrome (rls), so that upon withdrawal, symptoms would be expected to return. Unless RLS was present prior to Klonopin (clonazepam) use, appearance of RLS for the first time would not be expected upon medication withdrawal, if withdrawal was not abrupt. ...Read more

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Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and pristiqe together an ween off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and pristiqe together an ween off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Switching meds: Yes they can be taken together when cross tapering but you have to watch for possible rare phenomenon called serotonin syndrome.You need to discuss with you health care professional if you have concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Klonopin (Definition)

Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug) and a blood pressure drug which is a ...Read more