Anxiety/Depression..questions about klonopin

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Impatien
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   Posted 1/26/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
  1. aI am not sure how to get on this page--apparently I butted in to someone elses chat page--so sorry.  I will try again.

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Impatien
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   Posted 1/26/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I am just a little nervous about taking klonapin. Is this really a good drug and how long should you be on it--seems like i read that withdrawl is hard. What about a glass of wine or two or is it better to lay off it?? It does help me sleep which I need desperately, but condentration is sometimes hard at work......put questions about klonopin to your thread title u might get more answers that way...tc...lyn..

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   Posted 1/26/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
<a target="_blank" href="/community/profile.aspx?f=9&m=1702196&p=96056">Impatien</A>


Hello there and here you are in your own thread..........way to go. It takes a bit to navigate but any questions just post them and we will be glad to help you.



I do not nor do I recommend mixing any of the benzodiazepines with alocohol. The combined effects of benzodiazepines and alcohol or other CNS depressants (<WBR>drugs that slow the central nervous system) can be very dangerous.



If you have anxiety and your physician has prescribed Klonopin for you then I would use it as directed and if you have problems with it do talk with your physician.



Glad to have your with us,



Kitt

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i totally agree to not mixing the meds and alcohol....not a good combinination at all...keep posting and stay with us..lyn
                          
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   Posted 1/26/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
If you want to have a couple glasses of wine or a cocktail, it should be okay if you skip that evening's dose. I wouldn't do this often. And remember that even that evening you're still going to have Klonopin in your system so drink slowly. Very slowly. If you've already taken the dose and then find yourself in a social situation, you could probably get away with hanging onto a glass of wine or even a cocktail and just taking a sip every now and then. More than that I cannot recommend.

Here's why. When I first started Klonopin I was feeling so much better I tried to go back to my old life as fast as I could. In my old life I was definitely a drinker, though not an alcoholic. Anyway I didn't skip my dose and even though I didn't drink quickly, the drink I was having was strong. It hit me like a freight train. Seriously, it was like I was taking the alcohol through an IV or something. The drunk came on much quicker than I'd ever experienced and it freaked me out.

Like Kitt said, both are CNS depressants, and both will magnify the effect of the other. When people abuse benzos and alcohol together it can be pretty bad. When I was a kid I remember people blacking out and doing some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen. I knew a girl who took a couple Xanax and drank a bottle of champagne right before having to have her stomach pumped. So never, EVER drink to excess. Better not to drink at all, really.

Benzodiazepines combined with alcohol are also very hard on the liver.

I quit all together, pretty much. Now and then I'll nurse a highball for hours on end, adding ice to it, and I don't even feel comfortable doing that.

As far as the concentration goes, that should get better the longer you're on it. Some never even have this side effect. I didn't, or maybe I just didn't notice.

Withdrawal, I've heard, isn't easy. The longer you're on Klonopin the harder it will be. But you have to weigh the bad and the good for yourself and make a decision. For me Klonopin is very effective and that's all I care about. Someday I suppose I will try to go off of it but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Good luck to you.

kitkat32
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   Posted 1/26/2010 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I just started taking klonopin about 2 weeks ago. It has helped me alot. Doctor and I had to tweak the dosage because it was a bit too strong for me but other than that no problems.

It does make me a bit sleepy though but I am getting used to it.

It is not a good idea to mix any alcohol with Klonopin.

Peace to you, kitkat
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