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RE: Benzo's -Cam, Elizabeth?

Posted by manowar on December 18, 2001, at 10:27:09

In reply to benzos 'n' stuff Ľ Cam W., posted by Elizabeth on December 15, 2001, at 11:25:21

Hi guys,
I saw my pdoc yesterday, and thank the Lord; he gave me my Klonipin back. It is so hard to explain what the Klonipin does for me, but Iíll try my best. When Iím taking my Klonipin, itís like Iím not always so preoccupied with how miserable I feel. Itís easier to get out of bed, to get dressed, to plan my day and to take action. For the last four weeks without my Klonipin, just getting out of bed, and taking a shower was a major undertaking. Doing ANYTHING made me completely miserable. I would just lie in bed all day. I didnít want to read, talk to anyone, or even watch T.V. My tinitus was driving me insane. Noise of any kind irritated me.

Is this what a mood stabilizer does? I still donít really understand completely what the definition of a mood stabilizer is. Any other mood stabilizer that I have tried put me in a fog, and diminished my cognitive abilities.

Also, it seems that the only times my depression has gone into remission, Klonipin was part of my drug regimen.

A few questions:
I presently take 1.5 mg a day of Klonipin. Would I get more of a benefit of the drug if I took a higher dose? What is the effective range of Klonipin to work as a mood stabilizer? Iíve heard that Klonipin can add to oneís depression, but Iíve also heard that it has AD propertiesówhat gives?

Iíve always taken my dose at one time in the evening (because it makes me a bit drowsy, and it increases my appetite), and it seems to work well for me. However, my pdoc tells me that the drug looses its effect after 12 hours. Would I do better if I divided my dose?
How does Klonipin rank as a mood stabilizer?

Any links to refs would also be appreciated.

--Tim


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