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Re: Pdoc wants to stop Klonopin: 'short term only'

Posted by Lucylooo on December 21, 2004, at 2:45:48

In reply to Re: Pdoc wants to stop Klonopin: 'short term only' HelenInCalif, posted by Glydin on December 20, 2004, at 23:18:39

Hi Helen & Glydin,

Thanks for the link to the other thread. It's really good to know you all are here, willing to share. I really appreciate it, I don't have friends who deal with this stuff and it is very isolating. Years ago I tried 4 different anti-depressants and had bad-to-awful experiences with each; 20 minutes after taking xanax I felt blessed relief from the chronic anxiety that had become nearly debilitating. After taking it for 7 months I had convinced myself that I had to discontinue it. When I found that hard to do the doc put me on paxil while weaning from the xanax.

I haven't used meds in several years, I've tried to deal with GAD holistically, with more or less success at different times. But the last few years have been full of pressure and too much loss; anxiety is relentless and I'm beginning to feel desperate for relief. The doctor who put me on xanax years ago is no longer available. A year ago I tried another doc who gave me a 10-day prescriptions for ativan, and then only authorized 2 refills. A few days ago I went to the city's mental health crisis clinic (I'm a student, quite broke). I did not abuse the prescriptions I have been able to get, I never raised my dosage over those 7 months. But they sent me away with remeron which I don't want to take, and 10 precious tablets of .5 mg clonazepam. No refill possible on the benzo of course. I have an appointment in 3 weeks with another psych, a referral through the city clinic.

Glydin, how did you find a doctor who was willing to work with you? I would like the clonazapam to last as long as possible but I suppose I should take it as directed (1/2 pill twice a day for a week and then 1/2 pill a day)? It sounds like it works differently than zanax or ativan, do you know?

Best wishes,




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