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Re: Why would my Doc stop my Klonopin? Viridis

Posted by almondjoy on April 21, 2004, at 20:49:25

In reply to Re: Why would my Doc stop my Klonopin? almondjoy, posted by Viridis on April 21, 2004, at 0:11:06

> Would you "tough it out" if you had diabetes and decided to quit taking insulin?
Anxiety is a very real, very physical (biochemical) problem for many people.

I haven't said and don't believe anxiety isn't a "real" problem, but taking benzos for anxiety is not the same as taking insulin for diabetes.

> The idea that benzos are "addictive" is a recurring theme, but I have yet to see any reliable evidence that this is a problem for more than a small proportion of users, mostly those who take them recreationally. It's remarkable how often the term "addiction" is used with almost no data that I'm aware of to back up this assertion.

If you looked very far, you'd find alot about it...including the klonopin drug info from roche that has a section about drug abuse and dependence and do a search on benzos and dependence at google. Really gimme a break! You seriously don't think people get addicted to benzo? It's happened to me, and I've met many others who were prescribed medication (both benzos and pain killers) and got addicted to them. If you haven't seen any evidence to back that up, you haven't looked far or have chosen not believe what you saw. Addiction doesn't mean becoming a prostitute so you can get more...

I've been treated for anxiety and depression for years, and after difficulty quitting ativan twice (after taking it for a few months) I respect my docs decision to do whatever we have to do aside from restarting it. I have panic attacks occasionally and am anxious most of the time, but don't feel that treatment of anxiety necessitates medicinal therapy like depression or diabetes. Even if I'm truly miserable and wanting to call my doc and get a script, if I wait it out and talk about it rationally to my doc I realize it doesn't help a thing. What helps is when I think "what do I do to make it to tomorrow?"

All that being said, everyone is different. Additionally,people believe what they want to believe, and I think benzos are no real help, they might get someone over a hump, but aren't worth it other than that....even if they don't get addicted.

I posted to answer tyagua's question asking why a doc would stop klonopin, not to argue a point, my mind is made up, so if yours it too then no point in arguing. i agree to disagree, eh?

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