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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

Clonazepam's Addicitve Potential

03/15/2006

Question:

I am on Lexapro 10 mg and clonazepam 0.5 mg since 1 year for anxiety, panic disorder and stress and chemical imbalance. I heard from my family doctor that once the symptoms improve, clonazepam 0.5 need to be deleted since it has addictive potential. In fact, I feel lack alertness, slightly confused. Is clonazepam to be gradually tapered off? Please guide me.

Answer:

Yes, clonazepam has addicting potential.  It is a benzodiazepine medication, and that class includes Valium and Xanax, among others.  When you have been on it for a long time, it is a good idea to taper off the medication over a few weeks, under the supervision of your physician.

Good luck.

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Response by:

Nancy   Elder, MD Nancy Elder, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati