We do prescribe these medications in certain situations when appropriate, which is determined by the prescriber. These medications include “Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium” and medications for sleep such as “Ambien” and “Lunesta.”
There are a few points for you to understand ahead of time. If you are already taking medication in this category, it does not guarantee we will continue them. We use these medications when indicated for certain problems and it is rare we continue for longer than 6 weeks at the most. However, there are exceptions.
We follow guidelines that use these medications judiciously when appropriate in acute or severe symptom situations until other treatment options have become effective.