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Would feel comfortable prescribing klonopin (clonazepam) to a patient for more than a year for social anxiety if it was the only med that worked for them?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but...

... This is rarely the case.
Ssri antidepressants are usually better treatments for social anxiety. And even in the tranquilizer category, less sedating alternatives (ativan, xanax) might be preferable. But sure, if nothing else worked. The best answer, though, is to look for non-medication treatments. Psychotherapy, especially cbt, decreases social anxiety itself, it doesn't just numb you.

In brief: Yes, but...

... This is rarely the case.
Ssri antidepressants are usually better treatments for social anxiety. And even in the tranquilizer category, less sedating alternatives (ativan, xanax) might be preferable. But sure, if nothing else worked. The best answer, though, is to look for non-medication treatments. Psychotherapy, especially cbt, decreases social anxiety itself, it doesn't just numb you.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Klonopin (clonazepam) is a very good drug medicaiton but not all physicians are trained to use it or feel comfortable prescribing it.
Some psychiatrist believe that only they should prescribe this medication. Many physicians including internist and family physicians have great experience usig this medication. Prescribing should be very carefully done, for proper reasons and 1 year is not a problem.

In brief: Depends

Klonopin (clonazepam) is a very good drug medicaiton but not all physicians are trained to use it or feel comfortable prescribing it.
Some psychiatrist believe that only they should prescribe this medication. Many physicians including internist and family physicians have great experience usig this medication. Prescribing should be very carefully done, for proper reasons and 1 year is not a problem.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Don't go "doctor shopping" but you may need to get a second or third opinion for some place where there is ample numbers of mental health providers would look at your individual situation and agree. Best to you!
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