Posted by Alan on May 1, 2002, at 23:26:20
In reply to Long-term Clonazepam, posted by Guy on May 1, 2002, at 22:41:52
I've been on BZD's long term and the strident anti-benzo lobby has been at it for years with their moralising and politicising about a contolled substance. ALL of the medical evidence says that BZD's are some of the safest drugs in the world of Psychotropics...even more successfully prescribed overall for anxiety disorders than any commercially driven AD (wonder why you were never offered them on an equal footing with the ssri's?).
BZD monotherapy is safe for the vast majority of the population. Please read these links and you'll be able to decide for yourself:
Generally, there is no better medicine for the contol of anxiety (chronic) than the BZD's. I went through years of the latest comercially driven AD and had to take a BZD with it anyway. Once at the proper theraputic dose, you'll wonder why they were never offered in the first place. Generally it takes seeing a pdoc that understands and specialises in the treatment of the anxiety disorders who understands these meds and how to use them and help you decide which of them are best for you through clinical trials with each.
I take 1 MG daily of klonopin (but up to 3 MG's is not uncommon) and augment with Ativan PRN for breakthrough panic. These drugs really gave me my life back with FULL relief if my symptoms.
I think you'll have a lot to digest from the links I've given you. Unfortunately there is so much MISinformation out there about these safe drugs that many patients and doctors are scaremongered by all the anti-benzo myths and sites out there without having read the actual facts and evidence about these meds.