Q. Can I use Benzodiazepine for a longer period?

Answered by Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A
New
Do you have a question on Benzodiazepine or Clonazepam? We have medical experts to help you right away. Ask a Doctor Now »

Hello doctor,

I am 29 years old male, with height 5' 10" and weight 75 kgCurrently, I am on

1. Clonazepam 2 mg one tablet during the night.

2. Trazine-S half tablet during night.

I have been suffering from a borderline personality disorder (BPD) along with symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder, extreme irritability, anger, and so on. So for that, I have been prescribed with the above medicines for the past seven months. Came to know that Benzodiazepines like Clonazepam should not be consumed for more than a month, but in my case, I have been drinking it for more than seven months. The doctor is not tapering off the dosage either. So is it safe to continue? What shall I do? Kindly help.

Related Questions:

I took Clonazepam for sleep disorder.I am feeling agitated,hyperactive and sometimes suicidal thoughts come in mind.Please help.
After DBS, I am getting violent myoclonus attack. Is it due to Clonazepam?
Is long-term use of Etizolam harmful?

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

MBBS., DPM
Psychiatry

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

If it is the requirement of Benzodiazepines than you need to take for long periods. There is nothing wrong to take medication for a long time if you are stable on it. Theoretically and ideally, Benzodiazepine should be tapered off within four weeks, but in clinical practice, we have to give it for an extended period, depending upon the patient diseases. If you have no anxiety or sleep disturbance, then you can taper off your way. You can make it half of your tablet for two weeks then take half tablet alternate day for two weeks and then you can stop it.

Also Read Answers From:
Benzodiazepine Clonazepam

Related Questions & Answers


Do I need a drug other than Clonazepam to control non-stop panic attacks?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been on Klonopin that is Clonazepam prescribed before 14 years for panic attacks and anxiety. I am currently on the 2 mg dosage and taking it four times a day. This is monitored every few months by my family doctor. For the past one week, I have noticed that I have been experienc...  Read Full »
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Anxiety and panic disorders are serious disorders and tend to recur. Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine drug and have good efficacy in controlling the symptoms of anxiety. The drug can control panic symptoms effectively but is not the treatment ...  Read Full »
 
Can I take anxiety medicines in pregnancy?
Query: Hello doctor,I am 18 weeks pregnant and have symptoms of severe anxiety and insomnia. Can I take anxiety medicine in pregnancy? Please help. I used to take Melzap 0.25 mg and Etilam 0.25 mg.  Read Full »
Dr. Prashanth
Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Melzap (Clonazepam) and Etilam (Etizolam) which is used for anxiety are not really safe during pregnancy. But, the benefits of taking the medicine, have to be weighed against the effects of anxiety over pregnancy, if not treated at all. This has to be done by you and...  Read Full »
 
Are depression, insomnia, and anxiety withdrawal symptoms of Xanax?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking 0.5 mg Xanax for sleeping most nights for the past 2 to 3 months. I bought it myself and took it to help me sleep. I have started trying to stop, or take less, and have noticed feelings of depression, insomnia, feeling anxious, and an aching neck and jaw and feeling...  Read Full »
Dr. Vandana Patidar
Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, during withdrawal from Benzodiazepines, people do feel the problems you are facing currently. Yes, they are withdrawal symptoms. Sertraline was prescribed because your GP suspected depression. If you already took this medicine in past, you can again start it now. T...  Read Full »
 
Trending

Trending

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Doctor Online »
* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.