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Re: Klonopin and antidepressant effect ! Franz

Posted by HIBA on January 11, 2003, at 0:28:16

In reply to Re: Xanax and Klonopin. Madness! viridis, posted by Franz on January 10, 2003, at 8:20:32

This is an excellent post! Thank you Franz, I too have an experience with klonopin which kept away my obsessive worries very adequately and stabilized my mood on a such a low dose as 1 mg a day. I took it for almost two years untill a benzophobic doc disturbed that pattern with a revelation that klonopin is addictive. I was doing so well on klonopin monotherapy, but he arbitrarily changed that schedule and put me on prozac which has now become a part of my problem with a lot of side effects like a complete loss of libido, memory dysfunction and apathy. I wish I could have gone back to klonopin monotherapy once again to feel my old self once again (The improvement was so great at that time). But the locality where I am staying now will not allow me to experiment with a benzodiazepine. Oh! proud world!

In my previous threads I was very reluctant to claim of the antidepressant properties of clonazepam, though I really enjoyed that experience. First I thought it could be it's anti-convulsant properties which might have contributed a mood-stabilizing action in me(as we know almost all anti-convulsants have a mood-stabilizing action) But as psychiatry is coming forward with more bright ideas, now I know, klonopin can be an effective antidepressant also like Xanax without those awesome side effects of conventional antidepressants. (I don't ignore the fact some patients have a depressive reaction too with klonopin, but this is true in the case of antidepressants also. Some antidepressants worsen depression)But in the light of my own and some other patient's experience, I believe klonopin, if used in right dose for the right patient can produce a unique antidepressant action. (Too much or too little can cause problems like depressive reaction, so a fine tuning of dosage is often necessary)
This is a remarkable finding. Thank you once again Franz!




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