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Tainted
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   Posted 3/12/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I just spoke to a friend who has similiar issues without bipolar (PTSD & anxiety). I told him about my experience and how my anxiety and hyperactive symptons are getting worse, I also mentioned that while the clonodine I am taking for sleep helps, the anxiety and jitteriness still came through very strong last night, and how it leaves me with a very very dry mouth in the morning that is hard to get rid of. He said that he takes Kolonipin (a benzodiazepine) twice daily and also as he feels a panic attack come on, but said that it works really well to alleviate the anxiety he feels on a daily basis that used to keep him up at night, with no dry mouth.
 
Anyone have experience using this drug with or without a mood stabilizer for sleep and/or anxiety?
 
I have read that most benzodiazapines lose effectiveness after a few weeks of daily use, but Klonopin seems to be prescribed often for continual use. I know my grandfather took Diazepam daily for many years for "muscle spazm", and it is one of the ones I've read about specifically losing effect after continued use.
 
Just some thoughts, thanks!
 
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chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Klonopin has saved my life, but I do rely on it now. Before, I would panic and then calm myself down on my own. Now, I can't imagine not having it to take. I fear the day my doctor tried to take me off of it. I've only been taking it for a couple months and I only use about 1/4 - 1/2 pill a day. It's suppose to be as needed, but with me, that's every day. My doctor said it's such a low dose, she isn't worried about it.

But it's a life saver. It DEFINITELY helps me sleep throughout the night. It doesn't make me drowsy, but it allows me to go to bed without the racing heartbeat and racing thoughts. I wish I could take it the rest of my life!

My only side effects have been mild headaches and forgeting things easily. But that's it!

My doctor said klonopin isn't as addictive as xanax and/or easier to ween off. Xanax seemed to last longer than klonopin for me. I'd only take 1/4 tab in the morning, but sometimes I'd notice it only lasted a few hours. So eventually, I did notice I had moved up to 1/2 a pill a day. I'm probably confusing you. Basically it depended on what I was doing that day. If I had to work, I may take more than usual, because I panicked more at work. If I were home on weekends, etc., and didn't go anywhere, I wouldn't need to take it at all. Hope that makes sense. So if not taking every day, I don't think the tolerance is built up to where you need to take more and more of it.

tortoise11
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Klonopin for sleep and panic.  I take it only as needed and avoid it because it is addictive.  I should have taken it last night - I had some wicked insomnia.

Tainted
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear ya on the insomnia. I'm hoping that the the anxiety and hypomania I am feeling will fade as my body get's used to the lamotrigine, but something to calm the anxiety and not just sedate me seems like it would almost certainly help me cope and sleep if this persists. It's too late to take another clonidine and I'm not convinced it would help, the restlesness is still many times greater than the drowsiness. It's like I felt before but with a nasty edge and multiplied, blah.

Well I'm back to trying to sleep.

Tainted

red lightening
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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Klonipin is wonderful and I have not found it to be addictive.
Sometimes I go several days without it and then when my
anxiety kicks in I have it calm me down. I am a clean and
sober individual working a 12 step program for my alcohol
abuse and klonipin has not interfered at all.

tortoise11
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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
It's Genetic -
 
Clonazepam = Klonopin
 
:)

Tainted
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   Posted 3/13/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
It's good to hear that there is something out there that could be taken regularly OR to manage symptoms as they come. I think I will ask the doc about this, it would be nice to have one drug that I could use for sleep or anxiety, instead of having seperate drugs for each.
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