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Re: Klonopin + too jodie

Posted by BenDog on December 31, 2003, at 22:38:03

In reply to Re: Klonopin + too btnd, posted by jodie on February 14, 2003, at 19:28:34


I was curious about the combination of Klonopin and Adderall, so I used these two words as my search criteria. I was pleased to find exactly what I was looking for on my first attempt here in Physcho-Babble!

I recently (last two weeks) began taking Klonopin for anxiety and have been taking Adderall for ADD over the last couple of years or so. Before Klonopin, I was taking Effexor 150mg which only increased my anxiety to levels higher than ever before. So far, the switch to Klonopin has been a positive one. My dosage is 0.5mg three times/day, or as needed. I like the "as needed" part because I understand there is the potential for dependency. To date, I have only needed to take Klonopin no more than 1/day; however, just in the last couple of days, I have taken 2 doses/day. In addition, I take any where from 30mg - 45mg Adderall per day.

My experience so far has been a considerable reduction in anxiety, but also considerably more irritable and "foggy". More alarming are my increasing thoughts of wanting to die (after some research, this may be due to coming off of Effexor). I'm not talking about suicide, necessarily....just fleeting thoughts of hoping a huge rock will drop from the sky or a random bullet will put me out of my misery. In short, my zest for life has deminished to almost nothing and I'm simply tired of the constant struggle. Yes, I am discussing this with my counselor, as well as my wife...bless her heart. As I am new to this drug combo (and recently coming off of Effexor....nasty stuff!), I'm hoping the irritability will lessen, the fog will lift and happier thoughts will return.

As Jodie mentioned, my concern for what others may or may not be feeling about me has not lessened. This is by far my most debilitating I am determined to overcome. Counseling along these lines has helped tremendously at identifying why I allow others to affect me. Until I learn to utilize the tools learned from counseling, my new knowledge has only heightened my awareness of my problem areas, making it that much more difficult to live with. Old habits are hard to break, but I can see how my new knowledge will enable me to eventually overcome the "people pleaser" in me.

Gosh, this was longer than I anticipated. If any of you get through all of it, I would appreciate any insights you may have.






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