Klonipin or ???

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janetlee
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   Posted 11/3/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an amazing psychiatrist, but she left the clinic back in July because the "powers-that-be" didn't want anyone that actually took time with the patients. She and I hit it off on so many levels! But anyway, I was assigned to a lady nurse practitioner who comes in on saturdays to take up some slack. She's nice enough I suppose, but when she first saw me, she let me know right away that the clinic no longer will prescribe xanax to anyone, that if I should need an anti-anxiety medication, it would be klonipin. Well, I rarely ever take any of my xanax and have several bottles of it from a couple of years ago! HA! So I'm not exaggerating when I say I rarely take it!
Anyhow, now that I am having some relapse with the anxiety, I think she will likely recommend klonipin if I should go back to her about this. Of course, I'm trying to deal with it myself. The taurine does help me. but still, IF I have to go that route, I'm not too sure that Klonipin is for me. I was put on it several years ago and it didn't do anything for me much. Is this common? I never abused xanax and never built up a tolerance for it in all the years i took it, but since it seems to be a non-choice now, what else is good? Any suggestions?
Like I said, I hope to not even need a pill, but do want some options if it comes to that!
Thanks!
jl
 


debaser
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
That's a shame because it seems to me like you're the ideal person to have Xanax. You only take it when you need it and never develop a dependency on it. For Klonopin to be effective you really have to take it daily, in which case you would definitely become dependent on it.

It's a liability thing for them. Too many people don't use Xanax correctly. Many times it's the fault of the doctor and not of the patient, though.

I don't like cookie-cutter policies like that. Any way you can go do a different clinic?

stkitt
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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning All,

I truly do not know why your clinic is not willing to prescribe Xanax. I do not feel that it is a drug any more misused then any other drug and if statistics indicate this it is most like due to the drug being an older drug and on the market longer then Klonopin.

Xanax peaks @ 1-2 hours and has a half life of 11.2 - 19.7 hours.

Klonopin peaks @ 4-8 hours and has a half life of 35 hours.


Half-life: time taken for blood concentration to fall to half its peak value after a single dose. This time may vary considerably between individuals.

Therefore I do agree if you are only using the drug on an as needed basis which is infrequently then Xananx seems to be the drug of choice and would not stay in your system for so long. It also is quicker acting.

In my personal experience it really seems to be the whim of the physician what drug they favor when they choose some of these meds.

Take care and Happy Wednesday.

Hugs

Kitt

janetlee
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   Posted 11/4/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to go to the only mental health treatment clinic in town that accepts medicaid. No other shrinks take it. So I have no possibility of changing clinics. I believe it is ridiculous to say "no" to xanax just because many have abused it! I mean, discernment shoul;d be the key! But these people are also in a hurry to get you in and out during your appts.! I believe that it is one of the reasons the best doc I ever had left there. She actually works for the prison now! It is a shame, but what can you do?
Thanks,
jl
 


stkitt
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   Posted 11/7/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning CC,

Klonopin (Clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This medication is FDA approved to treat certain types of seizure disorders, and panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia.

Seizure disorders, panic disorder, and other anxiety disorders usually require long-term treatment. Only your healthcare provider can determine the length of clonazepam treatment that is right for you.

Klonopin is usually taken once, twice, or three times daily, depending on why you are taking the medication. It may be taken with or without food. Reference: NAMI

debaser is correct in posting that Klonopin is not a take as needed drug. People using it for the above reasons are to be on a daily maintainance dose.

I would like to suggest you discuss your medication with your physician as your right, you may be on the wrong med or using in wrong.

Take care,

Kitt

janetlee
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   Posted 11/8/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi!

Well, thankfully, my anxiety and depression have both lifted for now, so I hopefully won't need a drug anyhow! Their rules are NUTS! Why would I want to get on a drug that's ongoing when I could be one that is taken as needed! Just crazy!

Thanks all!

jl


 


stkitt
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   Posted 11/8/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   

janetlee,

Gald to hear you are doing better and I too feel if you don't need the med then you should be able to be weaned off of it.

Good luck and do keep us posted on how your doing.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


realife
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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Janetlee,

I have been taken klonopin for 4 years now, but I take it for seizures. U may need to have a talk with your dr because I take another med for anxiety klonopin may not be the right one for U, but I'm not a doctor, but I've been taken it long enough to know what it does for U.

debaser
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   Posted 11/11/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
realife,

What was your klonopin dosage for seizure?
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