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I live in Austin which is apparently the cedar pollen capitol of the world. Every year I suffer tremendous pain, itching, congestion, bronchitis and have even went into pneumonia a couple of times.
I was placed on xanax for anxiety for a couple of years, and noticed that during those years I had hardly any allergy symptoms at all.
I have since tapered off the xanax and started experiencing severe allergy symptoms again. I have missed two weeks of school and work this month being totally laid up due to the severity of the allergy.
My roommate has a script for clonipin, and after suffering for the past several weeks I tried taking a 1/4 tablet of the clonipin and my symptoms improved greatly.
I have never heard or been able to find anything on the internet about benzos affecting allergies. Do you know of any situation like this?

Hi Joseph,

I have not really heard of anything of this nature before, but then again I am not really qualified to formally discuss allergies and psyche drugs. I would like to recommend you refer this question to either an Allergist or a Pulmonologist, who are qualified to speak on this specific matter.

Best of luck and health,

Larry, RRT

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I CAN answer: ALL questions and queries related to the following topics... - Oxygen - Asthma - COPD - Bronchitis - Emphysema - Pneumonia (Viral/Bacterial) - Tuberculosis (TB) - SARS - Influenza (Flu) - Vaccines - Pulmonary Embolism - Pleural Effusion - Atelectasis - Inhalation injuries (burns, chemicals, etc.) - PFTs - Cardiovascular health - Sleep Apnea - BiPap/CPAP - Ventilators ("Respirators") - Aspiration injuries - Thoracic injuries - Lung contusions - Tracheal injuries - Artificial Tracheostomy - Secretions - Prolotherapy/Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT): A patient's experience/perspective - General health and fitness I CANNOT answer: Questions that vary too far from my primary scope of pulmonary and cardiovascular care and fitness. I promise to be open and honest about my knowledge of submitted topics, and will always openly provide my personal as well as professional feedback as it relates.


Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, RCP) since 2005. I have worked primarily in the acute care, critical care, burn care and home care settings.

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- B.A. in Communication (1997) - A.A.S. in Respiratory Science (2005) - RRT license (state of OH, KY and IN) - Basic Life Saving (BLS) - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

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