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30 Apr 2004

Newe effekte van rivotil?
Ek ly aan angstigheid al vir 3 jaar, my dokter het 'n anti depprisant en rivotil 25 mg voorgeskryf. Kan enigiemand vir my sê wat die newe effekte van rivotil is? Ek word nie beter nie al gebruik ek my medikasie, en wonder net of die medikasie self iets daarmee te doen kan hê.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

pkm, first a general comment -- nobody should ever accept a prescription for any new medicine from any doctor without first asking him/her to explain clearly what the side-effects ( newe effeckte) and precautions are ; and we should not fill such a prescription at the pharmacy without asking the pharmacist to explain these, again, and also ask for a copy of the "package insert" which is a page summarising all precautions and side-effects which should come in every package of any drug dispensed.
Personally, I would never prescribe Rivotril for a simple anxiety state, as it is mainly used for treating epilepsy, and in the absence of epilepsy, I don't understand it's use for anxiety as such. The chemical name is Clonazepam. There are a whole range of possible side-effects ( none of which might trouble you ) including slurred speech, sedation, being unsteady on one's feet, and so on. Most antidepressants, though, apart from their obvious use in treating Depression, also have useful benefits in treating anxiey, so that part of your prescription makes good sense to me.
As I would never use Rivotril in treating anxiety, I'm not sure what effect your doctor wants it to have on you, though it should be sedative at least, which could help some symptoms of anxiety. Remember with antidepressants, one needs to take them for at least 2 to 4 weeks to experience the full benefits, and thus before one can be sure how useful they might be to you.
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