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  • Posted By: overanxious
  • June 25, 2007
  • 05:24 AM

Hello everyone. I found this forum to be very interesting. I was diagnosed with anxiety and some other condition Hypocondriasis or something like that. And have been on Clomiprimine and Clonazepam for about 16 years. I do not miss any doses as I take them at night before bed. But now this rotten anxiety is back or at least I think this is anxiety. Symptoms include muscle movements hot flushes and this fear of losing all control and the constant thinking about it makes me even worse. For the past 3 days have very bad me battling my mind. My question is why would it show up now while I am on medication? Any help would be appreciated. I am a 51 yr old male.:mad::(

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  • Ok so in my non-professional opinion it seems we have (at least) two basic issues here. One is potential side effects from the tricyclic antidepressant you take, the clomipramine which might account for some weird behavioral effects. In addition, and I'd say more centrally, you have been taking clonazepam long term for anxiety, which is somewhat problematic. Not only is clonazepam enerally not the best choice for anxiety among the medicines in its class, the benzodiazepines, but furthermore long-term use has been found to AGGRAVATE anxiety. There is some good research I have found, as a non-doctor on the subject if you just type in benzodiazepine use into google. As far as I know, there are no studies to indicate that clonazepam is a good choice, or even better than placebo, with long-term use in the treatment of anxiety. Therefore you, and of course your doctor, may want to consider tapering the clonazepam dose down slowly and possibly adding on another medicine that might reduce anxiety, such as one of the SSRI's: Prozac, Zoloft, or Lexapro might be a good starting point. Aa far as the racing thoughts you have described cognitive-behavioral therapy might be very appropriate, as well as regular exercise, or such "alternative" remedies as Yoga or meditation. Hope this is helpful!Teddy
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