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    Anxiety symptoms like numbness ,restlessness, taking clonafit plus. Dependency on this medicine, how to stop using this medicine?

Due anxiety symptoms like numbness, feeling of loosing control ,restlessness doctor prescribed me Clonafit Plus o.5 mg, and told me take whenever i feel nervousness i can take this medicine and it really help me to overcome the symptoms. But as its have many side effects as well which will be a huge problem for me like dependency on this medicine. I would really appreciate if you could let me know what should i do to skip out of this medicine.

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Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Clonafit Plus is a combination medication that contains two medicines - Escitalopram (an SSRI anti-depressant) and Clonazepam (an benzodiazepine sedative / anti-anxiety medicine). However you have mentioned that you have developed many side effects as well as a dependency on this medication.

In case you want to stop the medication, it is better to taper the dosage gradually and then stop, in order to prevent any withdrawal effects. I would suggest that it is best to do this under the advise and supervision of a doctor. You can also consult a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation so that you can discuss further treatment options for your anxiety problem. If you don't want to take medicines, then there are good psychological therapies which can be effective in controlling your symptoms. So, please consult a psychiatrist in person for a detailed evaluation and further management.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
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Psychiatrist Dr. Nehal Shah's  Response
Thanks for using healthcare magic.

I have gone through your available history.

Clonafit plus contains escitalopram which is selective serotonin re uptake inhibitor group antidepressant drug and clonazepam which is benzodiazepine mainly used for sleep and for reduction of anxiety.

It is advisable to taper it one by one and not simultaneously.
First, You may reduce the dose of clonazepam gradually over a period of 4-5 weeks.
Once you are free from clonazepam , you may start reducing dose of escitalopram depending upon the your condition.

It is strongly recommended that you should reduce the dose under guidance of your treating psychiatrist with regular follow up.

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Psychiatrist Dr. Sundar Gnanavel's  Response
Thanks for your query. Clonafit plus is a combination of escitalopram, an antidepressant and clonazepam, a sedative anxiolytic drug. Clonazepam has addictive properties. It is advisable not to abruptly stop clonazepam. A gradualn taper at the rate of 20% per week streched over 5 weeks is the shortest recommended duration for taper. Kindly consult a psychiatrist to decide regimen for taper. This would also avoid chances of seizures. Wish you good health.
Dr Sundar
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