Antianxiety medicines (such as alprazolam, clonazepam,
diazepam, and lorazepam) are sometimes used along with antipsychotic medicines to
schizophrenia. These medicines help calm you and
relieve anxiety and nervousness. In high doses, they may make you
Antianxiety medicines are sometimes used to shorten an
psychosis. In rare cases, taking antianxiety
medicines makes psychotic symptoms worse.
medicines are combined with antipsychotic medicines to treat schizophrenia, the
dose of antipsychotic may need to be lowered.
Side effects of
antianxiety medicines include fatigue, balance problems, and sleepiness. These
can lead to falls and accidents. For this reason, antianxiety medicines are
used with caution in older adults and people who already have problems with
balance and coordination. Antianxiety medicines also can be
Alprazolam (Xanax) may be more habit-forming, and
you need to take it several times a day. It may be best not to use this
medicine unless you also have a
should never be stopped abruptly. This can cause weakness, severe confusion,
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on clonazepam (Klonopin) and the risk
of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop
using this medicine. Instead, people who take clonazepam should be watched
warning signs of suicide. People who take clonazepam
and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
For more information on antianxiety medicines, see Drug Reference. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems).
August 31, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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