I can give you a little help on Benzodiazepene 101 on what the drug is doing. Your brain has what are called Gaba receptors. It is a neurotransmitter your brain produces naturaly and when allot of Gaba binds to the receptors, it causes relaxation.
Clonazapam is one of a long list of drugs that are called Benzodiazepenes, which include Xanax, Valium, lorazapam, diazapam, and a whole long list I can't even recall at the moment. What Benzodiazepenes basicaly do is to increase the binding of the Gaba to these receptors, promoting relaxation.
Each sub type of Benzodiazepene will have slightly different effects, and are as such frequently used for different reasons. Clonazapam is often used for seizure disorders also.
Each type of Benzodiazepene also has different strength levels on how strong they are at causing a quick effect, and how long there half life is at staying in the body.
Xanax for instance is the strongest for getting a almost immediate effect, but has the shortest duration on how long it holds it. You can take a Xanax and feel great preaty quick, but it wears off fast, maybe only for as little as an hour or two. It is frequently used for Panic Attack Syndrome for a few weeks or a month while they are trying to get the person used to Anti-depressents, which tend to have the effect of upping anxiety levels at first.
Lorazapam also acts preaty fast and works longer then Xanax. Also a favorite on anxiety and panic disorders.
Valium doesn't have as strong of a immediate effect as Xanax, but has a longer half life. Valium also has a strong muscle relaxing effect and is sometimes used for a brief period for that purpose.
Clonazapam has the weakest fast acting effect, which you will notice if you start taking it for sleep. It usualy takes about
20 minutes to really kick in. But it has the longest half life on losing its effect. They basicaly gauge Clonazapam at 12 hour usage, so for anxiety purposes, its frequently prescribed at one, twice a day. For purposes of being able to sleep, it might be prescribe once a day at bedtime. The half life on Clonazapam is short enough though that much of it has worn down by morning. The only time I had a problem with it making me groggy in the morning is when I was taking it in preaty high dosages along with a high dosage of Amytriptelene, and I was sleeping 12 hours straight through like the dead and totaly groggy and foggy for about
the first 30 minutes of the day. Clonoazapam is often argued as being the overall strongest of the Benzodiazepenes due to how long it last.
Also, Clonazapam and all the other Benzo's are central nervous system downers, but as far as the neurotransmitters and receptors are concerned, it does have a mild anti-depressent effect. This effect becomes very apparent at higher dosages when it will still put you to sleep, but then you wake up clear as a bell with a slight sense of stress, even though you have a load of anti-anxiety medication in you. Its called a reciprical effect and at high dosages can cause it. You probably have nothing to worry about
in this regard, because for sleep purposes, preaty low dosages will work for quite sometime, like a year or more.
Like I said though. Most of those stories your reading that say I wish I had never started taking this drug, aren't taking into account what it did for them, or what state it might have saved them from to begin with. Also, I believe personaly that psychological satisfaction with ones life not only reduces stress on its own, but pumps up your neurotransmitters, including GABA, which is how I could cold turkey a very high dose I had been taking a very long time and had no withdrawal symptoms worth mentioning. If nothing changes, and life is still a bunch of stress, of course if you try to go off a drug that has been helping you to cope, your going to have a problem.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 4/9/2009 3:29:59 PM (GMT-6)