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Trying to get off klonopin

Posted by mikel on October 4, 2001, at 12:08:38

For the past two years have been trying find right AD for
depression and anxiety.Prozac and Celexa both worked, but could
not take the side effects (both had sexual,prozac made me
hyper, celexa gave me bad TMJ). With both drugs I started
out on xanax 1-2mg and was easily able to get off it after a month
or two once the ADS kicked in. Six months ago I started on
Serzone, again with the xanax, and I thought I had it.
Once I reached 600mg, no side effects except the visual
trails when I woke up which I actually find kind of cool,
no anxiety or depression. This time, when I tried to get off
the xanax I experienced bad side effects- insomnia,nausea,
dizziness, and high anxiety. I was somewhat surprised,
based on my previous experiences, but then I realized I
had actually been on xanax for more than six months. This may
also be complicated by the interaction of serzone and
xanax which leads to increased half life and blood levels of xanax.
So my doc suggested that I switch to klonopin, longer half
life. So for the past 2 mos. I have been trying to
get off klonopin and feeling really lousy. I was on
one mg,was able to get completely off for about a week by
tapering over a month, but got such horrible symptoms including
anxiety and depression went back on 0.5 which is where I am at
but still feel lousy. Still on 600mg Serzone.
I am sure some of what I am experiencing is withdrawl,
but It could also be return of symptoms, and the
serzone may not be adequate alone.
So my question is, any advice on getting off the
Klonopin? How long should withdrawl symptoms last?
If I get off, and decide the Serzone isn't enough, any
suggestions as to augmentation of Serzone (my goal is
to be benzodiazepine free eventually, especially after
this experience with withdrawl)? How about the mixture of
Serzone an Effexor, anyone try it?




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