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Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: Is it safe to take .5 mg of Clonazepam on and off?


 alex60 - Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:49 am

I only wanted to take .5 mg every time i felt anxious because I'm worried about becoming addicted and the withdrawl process can be very harsh. Also i heard that acne can become a factor when taking medicines such as this, so i also wanted to know if taking this medicine only when needed instead of daily will affect my chances of any acne break outs? thank you!!!!
 Dr. E. Seigle - Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:55 pm

Hi Alex60,

It can be appropriate to take clonazepam only when needed, if your anxiety episodes are not frequent. Other similar medicines can also be used this way. I am not familiar with acne as a side effect of clonazepam. When people have anxiety many days a week, then it is often better to take the clonazepam daily. You should discuss these options with your doctor.

Good luck, Eliot Seigle MD

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