Clonazepam is an anticonvulsant drug, which belongs to the benzodiazepine group of medicines. It is used to treat panic attacks, anxiety, akathisia (a movement disorder), and to prevent and control seizures.

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I take Nexito Forte for my anxiety, but it is causing me sedation. Kindly suggest an alternative for it.

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe anxiety, depression, a fast heartbeat, sweating, IBS, and diarrhea. I have had a nervous weakness for the last 15 years. I have consulted many psychiatrists, but none of the medications suited me. I am currently taking tablets Nexito forte and tablet Pronol, and tablet Pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Adithya Sunka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand the kind of distress you are currently going through. Since you mentioned that it had been such a long time, almost fifteen years, you finally got the medication that you are quite comfortable with and adjusted to it. So your anxiety and IBS (irritable b...  Read Full »

How to avoid feeling low after stopping depression medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, When my father passed away, I was diagnosed with major depression and had been on medication Lexapro for about a year. My psychiatrist recently stopped my medications as I was feeling rather normal. Shortly, I came for holidays overseas hoping to become more relaxed and at ease. But, I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation. You were taking Lexapro, which contains Escitalopram, since a long time. Sudden stopping of this drug causes withdrawal symptoms like poor sleep, low mood, loss of interest in cheerful activities, etc. I will suggest you make yours...  Read Full »

I weaned off Klonopin over six months, now have withdrawal. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I stopped Klonopin after weaning off over six months at 1/16 mg once a day. Now, I am having extreme withdrawal dizziness, imbalance, head and face pressure, neck tightness. I only take blood pressure med and Vescepa 1 g capsules for triglycerides. I lost 12 lb in the last month. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you weaned over six months, you should not get withdrawal symptoms. However, your anxiety symptoms could be resurfacing. But first, we need to see if it is your blood pressure medication that is causing all these symptoms. Most blood pressure medications tend to ca...  Read Full »

There is no urine build up during the day. Is there anything to worry?

Query: Hello doctor, I have urination problem from six months. There is no urine build up during the day. But while taking bed rest in the day, I have started to urinate more frequently. There was no problem in the morning. I got a checkup done. The ultrasound, urine test, and blood test were normal. Now, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Relax and do not worry. Your problem is not big. I have seen all the reports sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). It is perfectly fine. Regarding urinary complaints, it looks like the side effect of Clonazepam (Benzodiazepine) and Sertrali...  Read Full »

I find myself acting negatively to get attention from people. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I become attached to people more easily, and I crave attention from the people I do connect to. I find myself wanting to act out negatively to get this attention from them, such as by starving myself, so they notice I have lost weight, or by self-harming in prominent places instead of hid...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from an eating disorder associated with depressive features as well. You require antidepressants to combat this maladaptive behavior. Self-harming behavior can at times prove to be fatal. Hence, indulgence in such behavior is risky and will...  Read Full »

How to care for someone with aggressive and abusive behavior?

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my 87-year-old father who is physically fine perfectly. But, the whole day and night, he curses my mother and will not let her sleep. In his mind, he thinks that everyone is trying to cheat him and because of that he is not able to sleep. Sometimes he becomes violent ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your father is having features of psychosis. I would suggest starting him on Quetiapine 25 mg twice daily and increase after one week to 50 mg daily. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take medicines with their consent. This should have a g...  Read Full »

I feel agitated, hyperactive, and have occasional suicidal thoughts after taking Clonazepam for a sleep disorder. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, It was five years back when I encountered sleep problem for the first time, and at that point, I was doing a night shift. I consulted a doctor, and he suggested me the medicine Clonazepam 0.5 mg. I had continued Clonazepam 0.5 mg for 1 year. After more than a year, I got to know from a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine group of medicine and prescribed for psychiatric problems including seizure and panic disorder. Having suicidal thoughts is a known side effect of Clonazepam. Yo...  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. B

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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...  Read Full »

What medicines can treat my severe panic attacks?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from very severe panic attacks. I have a very hard time just going out in public to do normal routines. I have tried so many methods to combat my anxiety, but they do not work. Is there any medicine that helps with this problem? I feel like I have tried everything. Of note, i...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from panic attack disorder. You should start tablet Escitalopram 10 mg once a day after breakfast. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It will help you prevent your anxiety and panic attacks. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with ...  Read Full »

Why am I anxious and wake up with a racing heart?

Query: Hello doctor, A few months back, I felt a shock in my heart. There was chest discomfort; I was sweating and my pulse was going down. I almost felt like a heart attack, but, after a few minutes everything was normal. The next day I went to my GP to check and in ECG he found that I had irregular heart...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen all your details. Firstly, you have not mentioned your smoking and alcohol habits. Do you ever have gastritis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or heartburn as they can also mimic the same symptoms? Your palpitations are related to sinus tachycardis Yo...  Read Full »

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