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Really a chemical imbalance or Klonopin addiction?

Posted by BRC on December 15, 2004, at 19:14:31


I have been struggling with this question for a while.

I have been taking Klonopin daily for the last two to three years for anxiety and OCD. I take 4mg a day. I do not crave the medication, I have never taken more than I should, and I don't drink alcohol.

I know that Klonopin is a benzo and it works on the chemical GABA in the brain.

But if I miss a dose of Klonopin I physically feel terribe (I know about withdrawal effects). I mean the Klonopin takes away all the physical symptoms I experience. Such as: Heart palpations, tremors, restlessness, and racing thoughts.

My question is does my body really have a faulty GABA chemical problem or has my body become addicted to the Klonopin. I can tell when the Klonopin is wearing off because my symptoms begin to return.

I guess my point is if I loose my medication, get stranded without it, or couldn't afford to get it refilled I would probably end up in the ER or something suffering from the terrible symptoms I described.

So, what do you think is the Klonopin doing its job or is my body addicted to it?






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