Posted by Viridis on August 26, 2003, at 5:02:53
In reply to Re: What drug worked best for your depression/anxi, posted by El on August 25, 2003, at 16:23:48
Klonopin and Xanax have been very effective for me, and the good news with these (and other benzodiazepines) is that tolerance usually develops quite rapidly to the side effects, but not the anti-anxiety effects. It took me about a week or two to get over some mild sleepiness/clumsiness/brain fog with daily Klonopin use, and since then I've had no side effects at all.
One strategy might be to take it before bed at first, when these things aren't such a problem. I did this initially, but found that the anti-anxiety effect wore off by about the middle of the next day, so now I take it in the AM. However, taking it at night at least in the beginning could help you avoid feeling spacey during the day.
Of course, if you only take the meds as-needed, you may find that the side effects do occur. Why not try a very small dose, see how you feel, and work up from there if it's appropriate?
Klonopin is a great drug for me, both for anxiety and the depression that results from anxiety. As another poster mentioned, Xanax seems to have a more pronounced antidepressant effect, and with the new extended-release form (which I haven't tried) could also be a good option.