Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 240530

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klonopin

Posted by bruce1 on July 10, 2003, at 8:57:23

does anyone know much about clonezepam? i keep hearing that you should never take it more than a month for anxiety and i have been taking it since march but was always on a low dose (the most i have ever taken was .25 once a day). anyone with any advice?

 

Re: klonopin 2

Posted by bruce1 on July 10, 2003, at 9:02:03

In reply to klonopin, posted by bruce1 on July 10, 2003, at 8:57:23

sorry, my current dosage has dropped to once every few days but am concerned about doing it for too long and also quitting, please get back. bruce papagronk@yahoo.com

 

Re: klonopin

Posted by KellyD on July 10, 2003, at 13:56:48

In reply to klonopin, posted by bruce1 on July 10, 2003, at 8:57:23

There are many here who know alot about Klonopin. I've been on it for over a year. I fought being on it for a while and tried to not use it. I didn't succeed and had an terrible time with anxiety and panic. Klonopin gave me back a life I lost to anxiety and panic. Many use it for a number of years without the pitfalls of tolerence or the dreaded "addiction". I finally gave up beleiving the benzo phobic information (it wasn't true for me). I'm very low dose, have never increased and I'm actually taking what is probably a subtherpeudic dose, but it works for me at the level I take it. There is caution to be exercised and you need to follow up with your doc. Any benzo is used cautiously in persons with a history of substance abuse. As with all the meds discussed here, there are good and bad stories. Knowing both was important to me and helped me "come to peace" with a good treatment choice for me.
It's an individual choice with you and your doc. But benzo's, used correctly, can save a life from the awful demons of anxiety.

 

Re: klonopin

Posted by MelD on July 10, 2003, at 16:42:52

In reply to Re: klonopin, posted by KellyD on July 10, 2003, at 13:56:48

Ive used Klonopin at .5mg for many years now for sleep and have had no problems with it. I was off it for a while and had no withdrawal. My doc says the problems with benzos is that some people keep increasing their doses and get into trouble that way. IMHO, as long as you use it responsibly, as prescribed, it is a great med.

 

Ditto to both answers (nm)

Posted by JaneB on July 10, 2003, at 19:03:10

In reply to Re: klonopin, posted by MelD on July 10, 2003, at 16:42:52

 

Re: klonopin bruce1

Posted by galkeepinon on July 10, 2003, at 23:14:08

In reply to klonopin, posted by bruce1 on July 10, 2003, at 8:57:23

Hi Bruce, I have been on Klonopin for about 4 years. I take 2mg for sleep and it works quite well. I haven't built up tolerance on it yet and it works well for me.

Good luck!

Gal

> does anyone know much about clonezepam? i keep hearing that you should never take it more than a month for anxiety and i have been taking it since march but was always on a low dose (the most i have ever taken was .25 once a day). anyone with any advice?

 

Ditto Mel! (nm)

Posted by galkeepinon on July 10, 2003, at 23:15:08

In reply to Re: klonopin, posted by MelD on July 10, 2003, at 16:42:52

 

Re: klonopin bruce1

Posted by Viridis on July 11, 2003, at 1:57:47

In reply to klonopin, posted by bruce1 on July 10, 2003, at 8:57:23

There's been tons of discussion of Klonopin here, and the bottom line is that for many people (like me) it's extremely effective for anxiety. Many people stay at the same dose for years with no problems or need to increase. As with other benzodiazepines, it should be discontinued gradually, but this is the case for many other meds -- especially some of the antidepressants (Paxil, Effexor, etc.) which are being hyped for anxiety, yet have the highest rates of "discontinuation syndrome" among medications of any kind.


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