My Dr just tapered me off of clonazepam after being on.05 dosage for three months.. I was having really bad anxiety and clonazepam helped me but it literally knocked me out cold every night... Anyways I didn't want to become dependent on a benzo.. So I requested to be tapered off and my Dr recommended I take hydroxyzine on a as needed basis at night so I can sleep. Only when my anxiety is active... So I'm wondering if hydroxyzine is as effective as a benzo without the fear of becoming dependent like as with a benzo??