Again, like the others, I'm not a doctor - and can only share what I have some experience and knowledge about. The meds that stood out to me as "sketchy" were the benzodiazepenes, namely klonopin and ativan. The "benzo" class of drugs are tough ones, and frequently handed out without the caution they deserve. These drugs were intended for "short-term use only" - and yet, all too often, folks stay on them for years - without actually receiving much relief. In fact, oftentimes, these drugs "backfire" - and actually, over the long term, will PRODUCE more anxiety, rather than actually do what they're designed to do.
Here's a very informative website, by one of the world leaders on this class of drugs: http://www.benzo.org.uk/index.htm. I hope you'll look through it, as it should open your eyes to what's likely to happen with them.
Even taken completely as prescribed, without abusing them at all, our bodies naturally become "dependent" upon benzos over time. That's the nature of the drug - not a reflection of the person. It happened to me, as well as countless clients I've had over the years, working in a substance abuse treatment center. Stopping these drugs is not a simple thing - they must be tapered off very slowly, as seizure is a high risk. And coming off them often produces a lot of side effects that linger several weeks. BUT - in the end, once these drugs are gone from our systems, oftentimes, I've witnessed folks feeling an absolute surge of relief. (I felt it, too!) It's amazing to find that the very drugs we took for anxiety - were making our anxiety much worse!
There are much safer alternatives. Buspar is a good med for anxiety. Trazadone is a great med for sleep. Neither is addictive, and their risks are very low. Also, I would strongly suggest you explore the counter of the local natural food store, as there are some wonderful "natural" remedies, from kava kava, to valerien root to St. John's Wort.
I often treat patients with mental health issues, along with the resulting drug issues that often follow, when a person is simply trying to self-medicate their underlying causes. (depression, bi-polar, etc.) From what I've witnessed, as a clinician but NOT a doctor - is that the less meds oftentimes work the best. Once we get multiple prescriptions, we are contending with unknown interactions.
I hope you're able to find what works best for you. I hope you'll keep us posted, as I'm sure others will benefit.