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I have been prescribed anti anxiety medications such as clonazepam for about 12 years i want to get off how?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Consult with your

Doctor. Whenever discontinuing psychotropic medications, consult with your psychiatrist .
They will help you do it in a safe way. Do not stop cold turkey.

In brief: Consult with your

Doctor. Whenever discontinuing psychotropic medications, consult with your psychiatrist .
They will help you do it in a safe way. Do not stop cold turkey.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Taper meds

Tapering down benzodiazepines is not easy, especially if you have been on them for so long.
It has to very gradual and with doctor supervision. Once you stop, you may have recurrent anxiety and trouble sleeping. Consult a doctor before you attempt this on your own. There is a risk of seizures if abruptly discontinued.

In brief: Taper meds

Tapering down benzodiazepines is not easy, especially if you have been on them for so long.
It has to very gradual and with doctor supervision. Once you stop, you may have recurrent anxiety and trouble sleeping. Consult a doctor before you attempt this on your own. There is a risk of seizures if abruptly discontinued.
Dr. Arlene Martinez Delio
Dr. Arlene Martinez Delio
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Dr. Jonathan Gransee
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Address your anxiety

There are potential withdrawal symptoms if you stop 'cold turkey, ' so you should consult your doctor regarding how to titrate (slowly reduce) your dosage.
However, at the same time, you should be addressing the underlying anxiety, by understanding it, and dealing with the causes, so that you no longer have a strong need for medications to quell the symptoms.

In brief: Address your anxiety

There are potential withdrawal symptoms if you stop 'cold turkey, ' so you should consult your doctor regarding how to titrate (slowly reduce) your dosage.
However, at the same time, you should be addressing the underlying anxiety, by understanding it, and dealing with the causes, so that you no longer have a strong need for medications to quell the symptoms.
Dr. Jonathan Gransee
Dr. Jonathan Gransee
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