experiences with Klonopin

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ashleyf3
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   Posted 1/4/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey I have been on a combo of Risperdal and a low dose of Xanax without much success. My regular MD mentioned I might ask my psych doc about talking to him about Klonopin for longer and better results instead of Xanax (which I fear going up on due to addiction issues and that it is not doing enough now). I almost feel like I settle down for a short while and then crash. She said Klonopin might offer me a slow smoother day.

So, my question was what are the side effects generally (as I have major issues with side effects and getting adjusted to new meds plus I have MAJOR fears of new meds), how long do the side effects tend to last and have others had success with this medication?

I am pretty much housebound (expect for doctor's appointments and those are getting very hard) and I can't drive (my poor husband!!). Right now I am starting to get anxious even at home, which I must deal with because home is my safe place and that cannot become a problem or insanity will sink in for sure! I have had anxiety for over 20 years (since I was about 14) and been on over 10+ medications, but not had much luck - usually too many side effects or no help.

Thanks for any information.

Blessings,
Leah

panic queen
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, :-) Klonopin is what I take for my anxiety. I have also had xanax in the past.

I was having major break thru panic and my Dr switched me to this medication.

I was switched to Klonopin because it is a longer acting medication than xanax.

As far as side effects, the same as with xanax, it also can make you tired at first.

Best Wishes

L


Aries8
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm like Just Breath.  I took Klonopin and just felt better. I didn't have any side effects.
I currently take Ativan as needed. Same thing. I just feel calmer. As for taking new meds, I've actually parked outside emergency rooms after taking my first pill of a new med. It made me feel better knowing I could rush in if need be. Get your life back. Try the new med the doctor suggested. You'll be glad you did! 

stkitt
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey All, Just FYI..........the oldest and longest acting is Valium.  It has a much longer half life and the new meds work faster but may wear off before your next dose.

I am not a professional but I can take 2 mg of Valium and head up town and spend 8-10 without the overwhelming anxiety.

Some anxiety I know is normal.

Good Luck.

Kitt


Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/4/2009 9:44:59 PM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also on Valium..Like Lil sis ...I take it and I am good to go for hours........Many docs do not or will not RX this anymore

WE do have to remember that your doc is the one that is to ask about when dealiing with what meds are out there
Yes we can tell you OUR experiences with meds but we cannot suggesst what med to take

AS well each of us have different side effects and reactions to meds so it is kinda a personal thing lol LIKE I mean to each their own
Ya I am babbling

AGAIN

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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leah :)
 
I take the generic and do just fine.  Both the Xanax and Klonopin are in the same class of benzo's but the Klonopin stays in the system longer.  Just some basic info :)  And as far as being nervous and anymore questions you should really have a long talk with your pdoc :)
I also think you might benefit from some CBT.  We have a free online program called MoodGYM that many of us have used and has been a big help in recovery :)  Here is the link:      http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
 
Hope thing start looking up for you and that you join us this year to work on your recovery!
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
GREAT input Bro

My head is not on shoulders today lol
I do the CBT and it is great for me

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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I was there with my head the past few days Sis so don't feel bad, lol :) Take it easy now :)

Bro/Sam
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Grailhunter
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Klonopin is good. Much smoother and longer lasting then Xanax.

Yah, don't let your home lose its safe feeling for you. I got that one going for about 8 months on my brothers bedroom, where I was agoraphobic to go out, and eventualy it started hitting me in the bedroom also. Finally I knew it was either step out or I would be losing it in my safe place that was no longer feeling safe.

I think your key on that one is to keep your mind occupied on something that feels productive to you. As long as your mind is engaged and satisfied with something you will do allot better. The mind can eventualy overpower the drugs if you don't do things that help to keep it from thinking about the stress.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 1/4/2009 8:36:31 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -7)   
They have my on xanax right now, and honestly I don't really feel like it does much at all. Maybe a little. I was expecting to feel quite relaxed after taking it, but not really. What stinks is my doctor expects my antidepressant to do ALL the work, and won't give me any kind of anti-anxiety pill once it really kicks in. I'm leary of it working by itself so well, and although I don't want to get hooked on any of it, it would be nice to have during those bad panicy days that I can get!
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kevinpanic
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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
ashleyf3 said...
Hey I have been on a combo of Risperdal and a low dose of Xanax without much success. My regular MD mentioned I might ask my psych doc about talking to him about Klonopin for longer and better results instead of Xanax (which I fear going up on due to addiction issues and that it is not doing enough now). I almost feel like I settle down for a short while and then crash. She said Klonopin might offer me a slow smoother day.

So, my question was what are the side effects generally (as I have major issues with side effects and getting adjusted to new meds plus I have MAJOR fears of new meds), how long do the side effects tend to last and have others had success with this medication?

I am pretty much housebound (expect for doctor's appointments and those are getting very hard) and I can't drive (my poor husband!!). Right now I am starting to get anxious even at home, which I must deal with because home is my safe place and that cannot become a problem or insanity will sink in for sure! I have had anxiety for over 20 years (since I was about 14) and been on over 10+ medications, but not had much luck - usually too many side effects or no help.

Thanks for any information.

Blessings,
Leah
Klonopin has a longer half-life, and therefore the effects of it last longer. Everyone is different, but Klonopin works well for me for relieving anxiety (though it makes me quite tired and sometimes apathetic). Your fear of new medications is an irrational one in this case, as you have already taken a Benzo (Xanax) and have obviously had no major issues with it other than it not working.
 
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