much Klonopin do people take

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   Posted 8/3/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I saw a previous post about xanax and how much people generally take in a day. As for Klonopin, I have .5 mg tablets. In the winter...when my anxiety is not as bad, I can go a week or two without it. Right now, I have been taking about 1 mg- 1.5 mg day. I seem to not be having much luck with it right now...and I dont think I am building an immunity since I have just recently started taking this much. (This past weekend) Seeing my doc tomorrow..she doesn't like benzos so I am always nervous to ask her about them, but I should maybe ask her if I should see about taking something else? I'm back to this site after almost two years...and I forgot how much it helps! I always appreciate hearing from people with the same afflictions I face ever day. My boyfriend is very nice and got me a massage today since I have been feeling so bad lately so I look forward to hearing from your posts when I return!

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   Posted 8/3/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Superanxious,
I have taken Klonopin on and off for weeks/months at a time over the past 10 years. Personally, I prefer them over SSRIs.
I take a super small dosage. I take the .5mg pill and break it into halves or quarters. I either take 1/2 tablet at bedtime or take 1/4 tablet 2x per day (usually lunch and before bed). My doctor is also NOT an advocate of BENZOs, but prefers to hand out SSRIs like candy. In my experience, starting and stopping a benzo (at a small dosage) is 10x easier than an SSRI with minimal side effects. My psychologist has told me that they are relatively safe as long as you are on a small dosage.
Don't let me defer you from taking an SSRI medication. They are helpful for many (including myself). They just tend to give me too many side effects and can be difficult (for me) to start and stop.
I think the doctors owe it to us to educate us (pros and cons) on these meds and let us decide what is best for us.
I recently have started taking Klonopin again due to a flare-up of acid reflux (aggravated by anxiety). I am convinced that the klonopin more so than the Protonix (reflux med) helps curb the reflux by suppressing the anxiety which is a huge trigger for me. You can read my story over in the GERD board.
I am also seeing a psychologist who is teaching me relaxation training and biofeedback. Once I can learn to control my anxiety, I plan to wean off of the klonopin.
Best wishes!

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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

Clonazepam ( Klonopin ) is a member of a class of drug known as benzodiazepines. This drug may  be used as an antianxiety, for the short-term relief of mild to moderate anxiety.

Normal oral dosage .5 mg three times daily. (Maximum: 20 mg in 24 hours.)

Actual dosage must be determined by the physician.

Please remember I am not a professional and this is just FYI.

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   Posted 8/3/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken 1mg three times daily for quite some time now, and it does help me. I think there are other factors involved, like body size, how you react to this drug class, etc.

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