Posted by g_g_g_unit on August 1, 2012, at 8:36:22
In reply to Re: benzo experts » g_g_g_unit, posted by phidippus on July 31, 2012, at 21:02:58
> Why not just stop the benzos altogether? Valium is not nearly as forgiving as clonazepam in the cognition department. Anyway, there's literature supporting clonazepam as a treatment for OCD, where there is none supporting Valium.
> You also take a very small amount of clonazepam. I know you're sensitive to drugs, but there's a point where too little of a drug is well, too little. Which is why I suggest you drop the benzos altogether.
> Why not try Lyrica or Neurontin? Both will treat tyour anxiety, specifically your OCD (benzos do nothing to treat OCD).
I was just trying to figure out why on some occasions Clonazepam will perfectly sedate me and other times just seem to stimulate me -- even once I've reached a steady state. Perhaps there is some interaction with Parnate (I take my last dose at around 7pm). I don't think it has anything to do with tolerance, because I can be feeling physically wiped out, then I'll take my 11pm dose and suddenly grow agitated. Do you think I should try upping my bedtime dose (1.5mg) further? Sometimes adding another benzo (Temazepam) makes it even worse, though 5mg of Valium tends to help (I'm just kind of in a stupor the next day).
Anyway, I can't stop it now because it's the only thing that puts me to sleep (when it works) on Parnate.
I didn't like Neurontin. It depressed me and caused pretty bad cognitive side-effects. It's also rather expensive here. As I say, the Parnate/Clonazepam thing is only going to be for the next 12 days, so I'm trying to work with what I have.