Posted by novelagent on June 1, 2012, at 10:03:19
In reply to Re: Inositol success-- treats my insomnia » novelagent, posted by g_g_g_unit on June 1, 2012, at 9:16:43
I'm not on Klonopin right now, but when I was, I was on 1mg 3x/day.
The cognition problems are most likely due to your blood levels being on s roller coaster. Benzos are like antipsychotics, in thst when you don't have a steady stste, you have a lot of cognition dampening. If you're really anxious, and you take it at the same time twice a day each day, after a few days, your blood levels reach a steady stste. It's still possible that it might make you just not care to want to read. It will still lower your IQ somewhat at a steady state, but if you're a really anxious person, you'll find in things like acting or public speaking that it really helps you shine and increases your net IQ by reducing IQ-reducing anxiety.
I have mixed feelings about klonopin, because after losing it behind my oven once, it likely led to my first episode of schizophreniform. But I'm planning to go back on it. I'm just too awkward without it. I would go with the lowest dose that works, and unless you're painfully shy, I really think it's best to take it as needed. You never know what will happen to your meds, and you can't count on your doc phoning in a refill on time when he takes a 4-day weekend, and admits to listening to your voicemail on his way out the office before the vacation...
If you do go on it daily, which it doesn't sound like you need, your dose will likely go from .5mg to 1mg. That's conmon, initial tolerance-- but it stays at that increased dose without going higher. You don't need .5mg if it's helping you sleep now. .5mg is like 1mg when you take it only as needed.
you might want to check out clobazam-- it is a benzo that doesn't cause sedation at all, and likely has less cognitive reduction as well. 500mg of Inositol twice daily will not sedate, but help you sleep when you're suppose to-- that's what I take. Combine it with some melatonin and a hypnosis mp3 and you're all set.
You don't want to waste klonopin on sleep, because you want to keep down the total amount of klonopin you need in the day to as little as possible. It helps ease the withdrawal as you taper down.
Although I did a 3 week taper of klonopin and had no withdrawal after 8 years of 3mg/day... If I had to do it over again, I would have hoarded a good month's supply, put it somewhere locked up and safe, just in case I ever needed it. Docs give you a hard time when you lose it, and they don't always return calls so fast... it can take days if you request it close to a weekend.
> > I haven't tried glycine, but it's something I'd like to try, since it's good for psychosis.
> > I doubt interactions exist. Klonopin always deepened my sleep.
> What dose were you taking to sleep? I'm only using 0.5mg, which gets me to sleep about 90 minutes later, and leaves me mentally impaired in the meantime, which is annoying.
> Also, did you ever try using it in the day? When I'm feeling overstimulated on Parnate, I'll break a 0.5mg into like 1/4's and take one -- it takes the edge off and I can still read etc., but I feel like it might be effecting my memory (like details from 1-2 pages ago become kinda hazy). Still, I'll remember the vitals of what I read the next day etc. so maybe it's just my OCD but I donno.