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Is there anything I can do for my brain zaps after tapering down from Zoloft (sertraline) and klonopin?

Is there anything I can do for my brain zaps after tapering down from Zoloft (sertraline) and klonopin?

Yes: Probably due 2 discontinuing zoloft (sertraline) too quickly if this is it a little more zoloft (sertraline) will stop them--anyway no long term harm &they will eventually fade. ...Read more

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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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Took .5mg klonopin/day for the past 10 yr for ocd/panic. Dr switched to Zoloft (sertraline) & is tapering klono bc we want a baby what w/d symptoms should I expect?

Took .5mg klonopin/day for the past 10 yr for ocd/panic. Dr switched to Zoloft (sertraline) & is tapering klono bc we want a baby what w/d symptoms should I expect?

Maybe some anxiety: Reducing the Klonopin may result is an increase in anxiety for a short period while the zoloft (sertraline) elevates in your system. This depends on how quickly the Klonopin is decreased. Check with doctor about advisability of zoloft (sertraline) during first trimester when you become pregnant. Also, other than medication, there are techniques that can reduce anxiety. ...Read more

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Been on Klonopin 0.5mg for 6 months for PTSD. Also on 200mg Zoloft (sertraline) and in therapy. When should I start to taper off the Klonopin and how fast?

Been on Klonopin 0.5mg for 6 months for PTSD. Also on 200mg  Zoloft (sertraline) and in therapy. When should I start to taper off the Klonopin and how fast?

Depends: Staying on or stopping meds for PTSD should be tailored to your unique situation and discussed with your prescribing doctor. Your therapist should be aware of any med changes as well. That said discuss with your doctor to make sure this is the right time for you to stop Klonopin (clonazepam) and let him/her guide you on how best to stop. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I take 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for OCD. I am also tapering off of Klonopin. I am hoping to move to natural supplements. Can I take GABA with Zoloft (sertraline)? Reco dose

I take 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for OCD. I am also tapering off of Klonopin. I am hoping to move to natural supplements. Can I take GABA with Zoloft (sertraline)? Reco dose

Use caution: There is not enough information available to say that it is a safe combination. Use with caution if taking Klonopin (clonazepam) as GABA works at same site in brain and over sedation is possible. Discuss your plans with your physician and ask his advice. ...Read more

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Agoraphobic. Tried zoloft (sertraline). Mind raced & couldn't sleep. 0.5mg klonopin/day works wonderfully. Don't need it everyday. Adequate long term solution?

Agoraphobic.  Tried zoloft (sertraline).  Mind raced & couldn't sleep.  0.5mg klonopin/day works wonderfully.  Don't need it everyday. Adequate long term solution?

Depends: on how often you take it. 0.5 mg is a very low dose but tolerance is a major problem with benzodiazepines especially if take frequently. If sertraline is the only other Ned you have tried there are many other options which may help with depression and insomnia as well. I would be happy to see you on my concierge practice through email, or live audio or visual consultation if you wish ...Read more

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How does 3 mg melatonin "support sleep?" What does it attempt to do in the body? I take 0.25 mg Clonazepam and 25 mg Zoloft (sertraline) tapering off both w Dr. Ty

How does 3 mg melatonin "support sleep?" What does it attempt to do in the body? I take 0.25 mg Clonazepam and 25 mg Zoloft (sertraline) tapering off both w Dr. Ty

Sleep hormones: Melotonin is the hormone that in animals is involved in the initiation of sleep and in regulating the sleep/ wake cycle. Some people have found that taking melatonin before bed is useful as a sleep aid. Speak to your doctor about whether melatonin may work for you and others ways to improve sleep including sleep hygiene and non medication interventions. Good luck and good night. ...Read more

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When I'm on 0.25 mg Clonazepam and attempting to comp. taper, would it be potent. beneficial to request inc. Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg to avoid relapse of clona?

When I'm on 0.25 mg Clonazepam and attempting to comp. taper, would it be potent. beneficial to request inc. Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg to avoid relapse of clona?

Tapering Klonopin (clonazepam): I'd see how you are doing without the Klonopin (clonazepam) first. At a quarter of a milligram you are almost home free. Ask your psychiatrist first. ...Read more

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Body tremors, hot flashes, chest pain, brain tingles, spaciness after tapering off of klonopin (clonazepam) over the course of 1 mo. Was taking 1 mg daily. why?

Body tremors, hot flashes, chest pain, brain tingles, spaciness after tapering off of klonopin (clonazepam) over the course of 1 mo. Was taking 1 mg daily. why?

Could be dangerous: Tapering off clonazepam should only be done under careful physician supervision. The symptoms you are describing could be from too rapid taper and you should be checked out by a physician immediately. A taper of clonazepam must be done more slowly the longer that you have been on the medication. You really need to address this with your physician as soon as possible. Best. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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