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Anyone taking klonopin for social phobia? rvanson

Posted by erik98225 on May 22, 2004, at 19:12:33

In reply to Re: social phobia insomnia, benzophobic dr., HELP ME, posted by rvanson on May 16, 2004, at 1:14:14

> First off, dump your doctor. Forget about him/her changing thiers wont happen.
> Most docs these days are HMO docs and care more about making $$$ and staying out of a courtroom, then about your QOL (quality of life).
> Now the hard part begins.
> You need to find a doc that wont use the records of the old doc to keep you off of benzos.
> I hope you like lying and falsifying your medical history, but that is what it will take here, if you want to get on some real medication that will help, aka a benzodiazapine.

Last week, out of desperation, I obtained some klonopin from one of those web sites that offers to diagnose and prescribe online. I had to bypass my health insurance to do it, so it costs almost a dollar a milligram.

My pdoc refused to prescribe me benzos because he calls them "alcohol pills". He's nuts. Klonopin is nothing like alcohol. It feels like alcohol with no buzz and no toxic after-effects -- or in layman's terms, "just what I needed".

I cannot figure out why anyone would want to abuse this drug. If I take too much of it, I don't get high, just drowsy.

As far as dependence and withdrawal goes, my philosophy is *if it helps you, it doesn't matter if you're dependent on it*. SSRIs cause dependence too. Diabetics are dependent on insulin, for that matter.

I hate to do this semi-legally and without a doctor's supervision, but if that's what it takes to get the medicine I need, so be it.

> And stay off the booze ASAP.
> I know it feels helpful, but its not in the long-term.

I've not had one drink since starting the klonopin. Haven't WANTED a drink, either.

> Sad to say that it comes to this, but thats what the American HMO system has done to medical care.

Yes, it is sad indeed.

Anyway... for anyone who is taking klonopin for social phobia, how much do you take and how often do you take it?

I have been taking between 1.0 and 2.0 mg all at bedtime. It helps my social phobia TREMENDOUSLY, but seems to wear off the next afternoon. Am I better off taking smaller doses divided throughout the day?

I'd appreciate any help you can give me from anyone who's taking this stuff.




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