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Re: Cam-Another question about Klonopin » AnneL

Posted by Cam W. on May 27, 2001, at 0:04:00

In reply to Cam-Another question about Klonopin, posted by AnneL on May 26, 2001, at 21:10:55

Anne - You are still taking a low dose of Klonopin™ (clonazepam) and there should be no problem continuing. This is a question to ask your doc, as he/she will have a much better grasp on your condition than I could. You may get some sort of psychological dependence over the long-term, but as long as you are not increasing the dose or begin to use the Klonopin as a coping mechanism, there should be little problem.

You could ask your doc about using 50mg to 100mg of Desyrel™ (trazodone) as this drug does not have the same properties as the benzodiazepines. Desyrel is a non-addicting, but very sedating antidepressant in the same family as Serzone™ (nefazodone). If you are truly worried about dependence, this drug is a safe and viable alternative to the benzodiazepines. One problem is that it has no anti-anxiety activity. If this is required you may need to stay on the Klonopin.

Serotonergic antidepressants seem to cause talking in the sleep. The Effexor™ (venlafaxine) has serotonergic properties like the SSRIs and I would think that this is the primary culpert. The Klonopin could be adding to this by relaxing you and allowing you to carry on the conversation. And yes, the Klonopin can cause amnesia of the event.

Hope this helps - Cam




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