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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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Doctor prescribed clonazepam 1mg for anxiety and also told me to take 10mg of melatonin everynite before bed. Is this ok and or safe?

Doctor prescribed clonazepam 1mg for anxiety and also told me to take 10mg of melatonin everynite before bed. Is this ok and or safe?

10 mg Melatonin?: 1mg is a commonly used dose of clonazepam, and is often given at night. I agree with dr. Ali that you might not need both at the same time. The 10mg dose of melatonin seems very high. Physiologic doses of melatonin are around. 3mg -- and most adults take 1-3 mg when needed. Even rozerem, (ramelteon) a prescription melatonin receptor agonist, is dosed as 8mg. You might want to re-look at your 10mg dose. ...Read more

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I take 25 mg of atenolol daily. Doctor prescribed me. 25mg of Klonopin (clonazepam) once a day to help with my anxiety. Is it safe to take while on atenolol?

I take 25 mg of atenolol daily. Doctor prescribed me. 25mg of Klonopin (clonazepam) once a day to help with my anxiety. Is it safe to take while on atenolol?

Atenolol: Atenolol is a beta blocking medication commonly used to treat hypertension and other health maladies. Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine. They should be taken under the prescription of a physician and can safely be consumed together. ...Read more

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So I went to my family doctor again today bc my anxiety is none stop 24/7 where I feel like I cant breath I swithced my lexapro from night to morning so I took my lexapro this morning at 8 xanax at 1030 she prescribed me klonopin can I take it now?

So I went to my family doctor again today bc my anxiety is none stop 24/7 where I feel like I cant breath I swithced my lexapro from night to morning so I took my lexapro this morning at 8 xanax at 1030 she prescribed me klonopin can I take it now?

Call her to ask!: I'm hoping she know about all the medications you take - if not - she needs to so she can give you the best and safest care. That type of security might even help your 24/7 worries. These drugs in combo can increase side effects but as long as you watch carefully and report things to her and know what to watch for, it should be ok. Consider CBT for skills to manage anxiety too! ...Read more

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I've been taking 1/4 tablet b.i.d. of CLONAZEPAM for 10 straight years as ordered by my doctor for my ANXIETY DISORDER. Is it bad?

Klonopin, (clonazepam) bad?: A medication is neither "bad" nor "good". All medications have risks and benefits. Some benefits of Clonazepam include that it is long acting for a benzo, & that it is often effective in treating anxiety. Some risks include that it can be tolerance inducing (though you report never having to escalate ur dose) & it can be addictive. Talk to ur doc abt risks, benefits & side effects in ur case :) ...Read more

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Prescribed Xanax (alprazolam), klonopin, for anxiety. But doctors only give 3 refills. I need meds for anxiety how to stay prescribed. ..?

Prescribed Xanax (alprazolam), klonopin, for anxiety. But doctors only give 3 refills. I need meds for anxiety how to stay prescribed. ..?

Your Doc ; the DEA: In the us, xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin are known as "controlled substances" - in this case because of concerns about their safety and potential for abuse. Doctors need to be registered with the drug enforcement administration in order to prescribe them ; because of safety/abuse concerns, the dea monitors their prescription. Aside from this, long term use of xanax (alprazolam) ; Klonopin has serious risks. ...Read more

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My doctor put me on 1 mg klonopin plus 10 mg ambien for insomnia and anxiety to be taken together. I feel awful when I take together and doesn't really work that great? Wouldn't it be better to just increase the ambien and stop the klonopin?

Bad combo: Combining these medications should be avoided, since they are both sedatives/hypnotics. Also, long-term use of amben is not recommended. It would actually be better to treat your underlying anxiety to try and resolve your sleep issues, since long-term ambien (zolpidem) use leads to rebound insomnia and addiction. ...Read more

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Doc prescribed me klonopin (clonazepam) 1mg, once daily for anxiety. Can I cut these pills in half and try a smaller dose? I'd prefer the smallest effective dose.

Doc prescribed me klonopin (clonazepam) 1mg, once daily for anxiety. Can I cut these pills in half and try a smaller dose? I'd prefer the smallest effective dose.

You could, but: You need to ask your doctor if this is okay with him/her. Some people might use. 5mg bid if needed. Also, hopefully this will be a temporary medication for you -- and you're also getting a further assessment for your anxiety? With a psychiatrist and/or psychologist or other psychotherapist? There are excellent non-drug treatments for anxiety, not usually provided by primary care. Be well. ...Read more

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I am prescribed klonopin for anxiety. It is not doing anything for me. I've even up'd my dosage through a doc. Would ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) help better?

I am prescribed klonopin for anxiety. It is not doing anything for me. I've even up'd my dosage through a doc. Would ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) help better?

Not necessarily.: Although your dr could do a trial on a different benzodiazapine. I don't see any non-medication treatments listed - it is very important. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong ; progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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I have mild to severe GAD (anxiety) I take 40MG of atenolol and my doctor is encouraging me to take. 25mg klonopin (clonazepam) will this help?

I have mild to severe GAD (anxiety) I take 40MG of atenolol and my doctor is encouraging me to take. 25mg klonopin (clonazepam) will this help?

Medication is: Helpful for some folks. Please do what your doc suggests but don't neglect behavioral exercises to help such as the Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson, See his book for a simple technique. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I take. 5 mg of klonopin a day. Doctor said to take it for maximum of a month. Also take 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) daily for 3 months. Will this help? Anxiety

I take. 5 mg of klonopin a day. Doctor said to take it for maximum of a month. Also take 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) daily for 3 months. Will this help? Anxiety

Yes: Taking the low dose of klonopin for anxiety will give the Zoloft (sertraline) time to become effective. If 50mg is not helping enough with your anxiety, the dose may have to be increased. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and im bipolar. My doctor has had me on klonopin (clonazepam) for a while. I take it only when my anxiety is really bad. Is 3mg a day to much?

I have anxiety and im bipolar. My doctor has had me on klonopin (clonazepam) for a while. I take it only when my anxiety is really bad. Is 3mg a day to much?

Doctor guidelines?: Did your doc give you guidelines about how to take it? While 3mg is not likely dangerous over a 24 hour period, if you have been using it for a while you may have built up a tolerance. If this is the case, you will eventually need more to manage your anxiety. I would speak with your doctor about the best course, of, action, with this medication. Other stress management techniques may also help. ...Read more

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My doc prescribed me clonazepam as well as fluoxitine for aanxiety....Is fluoxitine prescribed for anxiety generally? . Thanks

My doc prescribed me clonazepam as well as fluoxitine for aanxiety....Is fluoxitine prescribed for anxiety generally? . Thanks

Yes, very often.: Anxiety comes in different types. The more severe ones, like panic attacks, are most helped by fluoxitine. Often anxiety can be a sign of depression, especially if it's new. In cases of severe worry about difficult life events drugs like Clonazepam are more helpful. Most importantly, tell your doctor if it helps you and if you have side effects. ...Read more

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Can. 25MG of Klonopin (clonazepam) actually reduce my anxiety? I feel like the dose is too low. Doctor says I can take. 5mg if the initial dose doesn't help

Can. 25MG of Klonopin (clonazepam) actually reduce my anxiety? I feel like the dose is too low. Doctor says I can take. 5mg if the initial dose doesn't help

Relative dosages: The number of milligrams of a particular medication is meaningless without knowing its relative strength compared to other similar medications. In this case, 0.25 mg. Of Klonopin (clonazepam) = 5 mg of Valium, 0.5 = 10 mg of Valium, which would put most people out. More importantly, are you in psychotherapy? For many types of anxiety, exposure-based therapies are extremely effective. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed Clonazepam for anxiety after I had an episode of Afib. The ER when I was being treated for Afib gave me Lorazepam. Any issue?

My doctor prescribed Clonazepam for anxiety after I had an episode of Afib. The ER when I was being treated for Afib gave me Lorazepam. Any issue?

No: They are both benzodiazepines. The lorazepam is fast acting and is useful for acute relief. There is some immediate relief with initial dosing of clonazepam but can take several weeks with daily dosing for maximal therapeutic benefit. ...Read more

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My doc thinks being on 100mg Zoloft (sertraline) will balance my panic disorder and anxiety with taking 1mg klonopin 2x day. I do not feel klonopin effects. Why?

My doc thinks being on 100mg Zoloft (sertraline) will balance my panic disorder and anxiety with taking 1mg klonopin 2x day. I do not feel klonopin effects. Why?

Results may vary: 1 mg bid klonepin should be generally noticeable unless there is some tolerance to benzos or alcohol. Generally the zoloft (sertraline) may take a few weeks to a month to be effective, and has the advantage of fewer risks complications such as addiction and tolerance, sedation, etc. About 70% of people w/ panic disorder can be reduced or discontinued from meds w cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Which would be more effective for someone with chronic and severe anxiety, xanax or klonopin. Doc thinks I should switch from xanax to klonopin.

Neither: The best strategy is to get off the benzodiazapines all together start an SNRI (i.e.cymbalta or the like) stop smoking, decrease alcohol intake to 1 or 2 alcohol drinks a week, improve diet and add exercise into your daily routine at least 30min per day (i.e.brisk walking) ...Read more

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Hi. I have very powerful anxiety and I have got Xanax (alprazolam) and clonazepam earlier but my doctor will never give it back to me what can I do?

Hi. I have very powerful anxiety and I have got Xanax (alprazolam) and clonazepam earlier but my doctor will never give it back to me what can I do?

Full evaluation: If you haven't already, please get a full evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist so that the most effective treatment can be provided. Benzodiazepines can be part of anxiety treatment, but not the whole of it. Psychotherapy is also needed. Was your doctor perhaps concerned that you were not using these habit-forming medications as prescribed? ...Read more

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My doctor increased my dosage of amitrypyline to 50 mg from 35 mg and klonopin (clonazepam) to 1 mg from. 5 mg. Will this help me sleep, decrease pain and anxiety?

My doctor increased my dosage of amitrypyline to 50 mg from 35 mg and klonopin (clonazepam) to 1 mg from. 5 mg. Will this help me sleep, decrease pain and anxiety?

Both: Klonopin (clonazepam) and elavil (amitryptyline) can be sedating treating sleep problems, such as difficulty with getting to and staying asleep.
Elavil can treat certain types of pain, and both klonopin (clonazepam) and elavil treat anxiety.
All together, this is a safe and reasonable regimen. ...Read more

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How long would a doc feel comfortable keeping a patient on klonopin (clonazepam) for social anxiety if it was the only med that works for them and they wanted it.?

Depends: Depends on the doc. Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazapene, with addictive properties. However, ive come across quite a few patients who have said the same thing as you. For some reason it works better than any other benzo or non-benzo for social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder. If you're going to stay on it, limit your dose and take it only when needed! ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline) dose up to 100mg and takin klonopin 1mg twice a day. Will this balance my anxiety feel like my doc is focused on depression not anxiety?

Zoloft (sertraline) dose up to 100mg and takin klonopin 1mg twice a day. Will this balance my anxiety feel like my doc is focused on depression not anxiety?

Klonopin (clonazepam) is a: Medication specifically for anxiety. Zoloft (sertraline) is used to treat both depressive disorders and anxiety. It sounds like your provider is addressing your anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Doctor put me on. 5mg Klonopin (clonazepam) daily and 50mg of sertraline daily for 6 weeks. Will I see results? Anxiety is taking over my life.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Anxiety Tx: Both med's are low dose. If after 6 weeks you are still having symptoms, talk to your doctor about possible dose adjustments. ...Read more

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Hi I have been trying to find a doctor to help me with my anxiety and my panic attacks. I would like to try klonopin (clonazepam) but cant find a doctor to help.

Anxiety: Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine, a short term me that can cause you to develop tolerance when used regularly. Better choices are treatment with a Psychologist expert in treating anxiety disorders. Preferrably EMDR Therapy for faster results and more effective. Other medication that is longer lasting and better overall would be SSRI type meds. Don't produce tolerance and are much safer. Consider a VTC ...Read more

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I have dealt with anxiety for almost one year. The doctor wants me to up my dose of clonazepam from. 5mg daily which I've been on for 1 month to 1mg daily. I'm also on 50mg of atenolol for tachycardia related anxiety. What should I expect?

Anxiety: The clonazepam may decrease anxiety symptoms. But are you on any other anxiolytic medication like a serotonin reuptake inhibitor or buspar (buspirone)? What non-pharmacological options are being tried - like CBT, other forms of psychotherapy, meditation, exercise, breathing exercises, yoga, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, acupuncture etc.? Outcome is best if you have more than 1 tx modality. ...Read more

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Which is a better benzo for extreme anxiety? Klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan? I think ativan from my experience, but I want to know from a doctors view point.

NOT Ativan (lorazepam): Short acting benzos i.e. Ativan ; xanax (alprazolam) are effective against anxiety, however, if used long term for treatment, they are associated with gradual increase in baseline ; morbid anxiety levels (worsen anxiety). Both are faster acting than klonopin. We don't use benzos as sole treatment. Rather have to be used with certain, not all, antidepressants which modulate and regulate anxiety. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm taking 25 mg of Zoloft with 1mg of clonazepam, I tried 50 mg of Zoloft but I felt too tired all the time, I still experience anxiety so my doctor is considering switching me to Effexor, I have panic disorder, was wondering which medication is best for

It depends: What medication works best depends on a host of factors and that is why there are so many to choose from. I am concerned that the emphasis is only on medications. Professional behavioral therapy can be very effective and it is very safe. Sometimes it even allows one to eliminate medications all together. There are a host of other interventions and modalities that can also help with anxiety. ...Read more

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Having wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow, doctor said I have to quit smoking (cold turkey). How best to alleviate withdrawals. I'm rx'd klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety already.

Quit for 3 days: Try not smoking for the first 3 days after the extraction. This helps to prevent a dry socket. The dry socket is exceptionally painful and you want to avoid it if at all possible. If you can make it the 3 days, try not to smoke for a few more days. You just might be able to quit! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...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