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Don't fear the Klonopin » SBOATRN

Posted by MattDDS on October 3, 2002, at 0:02:40

In reply to Klonopin, posted by SBOATRN on October 2, 2002, at 16:12:10

Klonopin is extremely useful for me and has been for over a year. The same dose – 0.5 – 1.0 mg daily (but usually as needed only), has maintained every ounce of it’s anxiolytic effect throughout the whole time. I am hearing of more and more reports of it working over very long periods (e.g. 10+ years).

My own way of dealing with anxiety:

1. CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) to get my anxiety from severe or panic levels down to mild - moderate.
2. Klonopin for any residual anxiety as needed.

So, basically I get rid of most of my anxiety with CBT. However, I believe my anxiety has a strong genetic component (strong family history), which means that even with great CBT therapy I will have a greater than desirable amount of residual anxiety. I am not in any way minimizing talk therapy and self-help. Again CBT gets rid of the bulk of my anxiety. But Klonopin “cleans up” the residual anxiety that is usually left over. However, many people use Klonopin alone with excellent results. My results as explained have been very good!

The benefit of combining CBT with the benzos is that I can “stretch” the benzos further. I can get by on smaller doses now. I used to take 1.5 mg daily, but I had no trouble tapering down once I got good psychotherapy.

I have strayed from the topic a bit (ok, a lot!), but feel like I have found a great treatment combo (after one hell of a time trying different approaches) that may work for someone else as well. Namely, CBT plus a healthy dose of Klonopin.

Don’t be afraid of benzos, they are IMHO by far the safest drugs in psychiatry. BTW, if you’re worried about “withdrawing” from the Klonopin: The SSRIs, in the opinion of many on this board, have a much more unpleasant “discontinuation syndrome” than the benzos. Of course, everyone is different, but that was my experience.

Now THAT, is a rambly post, better get some sleep. I know you guys will now after reading it!





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