Our expert says:
Generally these days we prefer to treat anxiety disorder with drugs also used to treat depression, rather than with sedative tranquilizers like Urbanol ( Clobazam ) which can, if used for more than a couple of months, cause dependency, and can be hard to stop. I'm wondering why he was put on Serdep, and when : it's an antidepressant, which can be helpful with anxiey.
Some memory problems can be part of growing old, but not inevitably so. Confusion following surgery can occur, possibly due to a reaction to anaesthetics, though these effects usually wear off in less than 2 weeks.
It can also be that if one's brain is aging, one may cope just fine when at home and in your normal daily routine, but even without any other drug effect, some people become confused when admitted to hospital, due to the unaccustomed environment, and this clears up when they return home.
If he had no noticeable memory problems or confusion before surgery, the Urbanol could well be the culprit in the recent memory problems. It and its family of drugs can cause confusion and memory problems, as well as problems with coordination of movements, and impaired driving skills.
As he is on Serdep which should help with anxiety, if that is still a significant problem, then it might be worth the doctor considering stopping the Urbanol, remembering that with all such sedative drugs, they should be stopped gradually and not abruptly, as otherwise there can be some unpleasant withdrawal effects which are best avoided.
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