Question about medication

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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
  First of all, let me just say that I am soooo glad I found this site!!!  It is so great to be able to talk to people who know what I'm going through and be able to help eachother in a way that our "normal" friends just cant.
Anyway, I recently started taking Klonopin for anxiety and to help with acute mania symptoms.  While researching this medicine, I keep reading about how addictive it can be.  Can someone please explain this to me?  I mean, I take a low dose as needed for anxiety (.25mg) and I also take 1mg at night when I cant sleep.  When I take it during the day, it does calm me down and level me out so that I don't feel as if I'm on edge, but I've never experienced any sort of "high" or anything that I would normally associate with an addictive substance.  I'm confused.  Any insight would be great! Thanks!

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/10/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any expreince with klonopin (i did have afriend who was on it for a long time but her does was HUGE. she gave me half of one once when my grandfather died and i was soooo high; lol). It sounds like you are taking a pretty low dose, as long as you are not having a problem with it i wouldn't worry too much, but just talk with your dr next time you see them just to make sure.

also remember that meds effect people differently too. when i was first put on antidepressants they also perscribed me soma for my back aches (soma is concidered very addictive muscle relaxor and i think it has a pain killer in it), i took probably 2 or 3 of them over a month and just couldnt take it...i got so high it was horrible (i don't like being high) and went back and got swtiched to something more mild.

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   Posted 1/10/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I think people get addicted to the relaxing aspect of it -- not to necessarily get high.

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