Posted by Quintal on August 6, 2007, at 22:42:36
In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro » Quintal, posted by LlurpsieNoodle on August 6, 2007, at 20:54:58
Well I don't know anything about PTSD so I can't debate with you on that point. I just remember you saying that Klonopin took away your ability to be vigilant and you found this unnerving because you felt you needed that to keep yourself safe, or words to that effect. Of course hypervigilance might be a symptom of the condition (as it is with social anxiety) so drugs that reduce alertness might be beneficial in that sense.
Yeah, it's almost funny the way benzos were prescribed for nerves before driving tests and exams etc! That said, there was an article in the paper a few weeks ago that told of a new wonder drug to ease anxiety during public speaking. Nearly everyone tested found a drastic reduction in their symptoms. Of course I was intrigued so I read further, and found the new wonder drug in question was called Seroquel.
Klonopin certainly has fewer side effects than alcohol! That's why I used it to drown my sorrows after losing my job and dropping out of college - saves the risk of stomach ulcers, and of course my liver has survived unscathed (AFAIK). That's why it annoys me when people say benzos are only addictive to people who use them recreationally - it can happen quite easily to most people under the 'right' circumstances.
Of course if Klonopin was helping me and prevented me from injuring myself or worse, then I would keep taking it too. If I could control my use of it I would try to use benzos p.r.n, but I'm not sure how realistic that is being an ex-addict.