valium vs klonopin

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abufarwa
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   Posted 9/25/2017 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have anxiety but not every day. Comes and goes. I went thru a rough couple of months having a bad reaction to thyroid meds. OFF of them but it was rough!! Many panic attacks and daily anxiety. I have valium and have had a prescription for it for many years and take it as needed. Usually take 2.5mg 2-3 times a week, sometimes less. Only need the full 5mg during a full blown panic attack.
Valium has always made me feel just normal. It calmed me down but I was never tired on it. Now, I feel over sedated and I'm not taking it every day. Except for that bad spell.
2.5mg sedates me for a couple of days and just makes me tired.
I was wondering about switching to another like klonopin. Maybe I need a switch. They say they are all the same but I don't believe that. I tried ativan years ago and it was AWFUL. I became so weak, I could barely walk. Xanax was good for panic attacks but not great for over all anxiety as it hit fast and wore off fast and knocked me out!! Had to take it at night if I wanted to function during the day.
My Dr. wants me to try Effexor. But I'm way too scared of it. I"ve tried many others over the years with horrible side effects that never got better. Brain zaps, nausea, metallic taste, blurry vision etc, etc.... Those side effects were worse than the anxiety!
I've done well with the valium, have not had to increase dose and I've been on it for probably 15 years or more. Just wondered if maybe klonopin might be a better choice??

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   Posted 9/25/2017 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Abufarwa and welcome!

Do you currently see a psychiatrist for your Rx needs? If not, I suggest you seek a referral for one in order to get your management needs best met with the right med.

It sounds like you want a benzo with a long half life, but without a sedatitve effect...and that might be tricky...especially because everyone can have a unique experience with any given drug.

Please feel free to post with us anytime...and take advantage of our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material.

Wishing you the best in finding the right regimen for you!

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super20dan
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   Posted 9/25/2017 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
klonopin is also quite sedating and very long acting. you will be a zombie a good part of the day . a ssri is a better long term solution. if you are not depressed and just have anxiety you can get by with a lower dose and therefore fewer side effects. I take celexa at only 10mg and it works well . everone reacts diff to these meds so you may have to try several to find a good fit for you

abufarwa
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   Posted 9/25/2017 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't see a psychiatrist because I cannot afford one. I have crappy insurance that won't pay anything until I meet my deductible which is really high. So I can only see my GP. The psychiatrist charges are really STEEP. right now I'm not in a good place to try different meds that will give me side effects. I was put on thyroid meds because after a very awful event that happened to me at the place I used to work at, everything kind of crashed. Adrenals went kaput, thyroid went crazy. I was in a bad way. Dr. put me on T4 and I felt good for about a week and then bad again. He added T3 and that sent me over the edge with daily panic attacks. I was on valium twice a day til the T3 was out of my system. I got sicker and sicker on the T4. I went to my naturopath and I stopped the T4. She put me on some supplements and said I needed to get balanced out, get adrenals to heal etc..... I went thru hell for about 2 weeks from the T4 being in my system. But I"m now better. Not 100% but better. The supplements she put me on seemed to really help. My eyebrows are growing back, hair is going to take a while. I lost about 30% of my hair. I'm still afraid to wake up in the morning, wondering if I"m going to wake up with a panic attack. So far so good! So I cannot go on any anti depressant right now. Every single one that I went on in the past, I had really bad side effects. And I just can't do that right now. Day before yesterday I took 1/2 a phenergan before bed. Slept like a log. So yesterday was a great day. I felt great with zero anxiety and stomach was great. Today, about the same. Feeling pretty good. It is now evening and I'm feeling a bit tight muscled.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/25/2017 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
A.,

I am sorry things have been so rough for you. :/

How does your self help regimen look atm?

If your Rx choices are limited (and I am guessing therapy w/o insurance coverage would be too expensive) then regularly practicing coping skills could be a really helpful step.

See our Resources for fresh ideas if you need them...and keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful.

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

abufarwa
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   Posted 9/25/2017 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am seeing a psychologist for PTSD. She's WAY less expensive than the psych. Dr. She does EMDR for PTSD. So she is part of my self help. She really thinks the anxiety is linked to the PTSD. I've only seen her once so far and I go in tomorrow for a second session. So we shall see......
Right now I feel good with my script of valium and phenergan. I was just kind of hoping maybe one of the other benzos would be less sedating but I guess that was kind of wishful thinking. I can certainly function on valium during the day IF I need to take it. I just get so tired. I haven't had any panic attacks since my last EMDR session so that's good.
She also does CBT and her plan with me was to do both. I've had this anxiety for many years off and on. My hormone Dr.'s thought it was hormone based but not so much anymore.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/26/2017 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
A.,

Good to hear that you able to see a psychologist. It sounds like you will get very good care with her. Keep up the good work and be sure to update on your progress! smile

Okay, sounds like med wise you will stay the course...

...however, I think that with the work you are starting with therapy...and adding in some (or new) self help material to your daily regimen...that you will really start to see improvement for your management plan.

Peace and progress!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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