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FACHAD: yay, I get to answer questions 4 U! fachad

Posted by Janelle on April 5, 2002, at 17:20:03

In reply to Re: ZO, ELIZABETH, ANYONE: How much Ativan for Sleep? Janelle, posted by fachad on April 5, 2002, at 16:03:40

It is with great pleasure that I am able to answer questions for you for a change and share some of MY experiences with you! :-)

Okay, here goes:

> You said the Klonopin does not help you sleep.

That is correct. It has NEVER helped me sleep, but remember I take *only* 1mg and it was never prescribed for sleep. It was prescribed for anxiety.

Pdoc and I experimented with me taking it before bedtime to see if would induce sleep, but no, zip, nada. Perhaps because of it's being one of the long-acting benzo's, I think it takes longer than other benzos for onset of action.

> Do you feel drowsey from it?

Nope, NOT AT ALL. I've never felt drowsy from it! Again, all I've ever taken has been 1mg - now sometimes during extreme anxiety, my pdoc has had me take 1 mg several times a day, but still no drowsiness. At most, a calming effect. Shuts down racing thoughts and feeling like I could jump out of my skin.

> Do you feel anything from it?

As I mentioned above, what I feel from it is a very SUBTLE calming effect. My pdoc and I think I'd be far more anxious, bouncing off the walls more, if I was not on this *maintenance* dose of 1mg/day of Klonopin.

Hope this helps. If you've got more questions, bring 'em on! :-)




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