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Taking zapiz 0.5mg, reduced the dosage, feels uncomfortable, body pain, heavy headed, nausea. Advice?

I have been advised by my family doctor to take zapiz 0.5mg. I was having zapiz 0.5mg once in a day (half after breakfast and half after dinner). Now when i reduced the dosage to half a day from 1 tablet a day, am feeling uncomfortable, body pain, heavy in head, vomit sensation ... I do not want to continue zapiz 0.5mg and gradually want to stop taking the tablet. Please advise ? Thanking you in advance.
Asked On : Sat, 26 May 2012
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Hi Pranay,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic and thanks for your question.

Zapiz (Clonazepam) is a sedative / anti-anxiety medication. I would like to know what problems you had before staring Zapiz and for how long you have been on it. The current symptoms which you have developed are likely to be withdrawal-related effects of the medication. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely if you have been on the medicine for a long duration of time. Another possibility is that these symptoms could be anxiety-related and are becoming more prominent when you have reduced the anti-anxiety medication.

If it is withdrawal-related, then a more gradual and slow tapering of the dose would be the solution. Proper sleep habits, relaxation exercises, healthy eating and stress avoidance / management should also be practiced simultaneously. If you had previously suffered from anxiety symptoms, then you need to have a consultation with a psychiatrist to see if the current symptoms are anxiety-related.

All the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 12 Jun 2012
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