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For years I have been suffering from anxiety and long periods of depression. For the first time, today, I went to see a doctor about these issues. I felt very comfortable talking about my problems with the doctor, and he seemed like a very intelligent person, able to really get to the issues that were affecting me. What made me nervous about the whole situation is what I came away with...

He prescribed Serzone (nefazodone) to be taken daily and Klonopin (clonazepam) when I have anxiety attacks. I've taken benzos in the past (Ativan and Xanax), and am well aware of the problems that can arise from taking these, so I'm not to worried about that. I was shocked when I started researching (something I always do before I put any pharmaceutical into my body) Serzone. I found information stating that it had been pulled off of the market completely in Canada and Europe, and a big fat warning had be put on the drug here in the US, due to people dieing from liver failure while taking the medication.

I'm a physically healthy person, normal blood work, liver enzymes fine... but holy h3ll why would I want to put something into my body which has been pulled off of the market in Europe and Canada, and has been proven to cause liver damage and other serious liver conditions, in a small percentage of people who take it? I found plenty of lawyer's sites listing this as a possible drug for class action lawsuits. It also doesn't seem like it's prescribed much anymore because of all of these issues.

Now, a couple of questions. What has been your experience with this medication, if you've taken it? Should I go ahead and take it or call my doctor about an alternative (what are possible alternatives)? Should I trust the judgment of a doctor who would prescribe this medication, knowing the risks?

Thanks for your help. I'm new to this stuff. :)