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harry4
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   Posted 2/9/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
this med, also called clonazepam, rivotril, etc is one of many valium or benzodiazepine meds


it lasts longer than some and is strong, being originally developed for epilepsy control about 30 years ago



it was promoted as having a special panic blocking effect, along with xanax and these 2 were promoted especially for panic attacks, agoraphobia, etc. later the panic blocking was shown to not actually exist, but it had become popular for panic attacks, etc and still is, along with xanax, which lasts not as long



all these benzo meds are suitable for panic attacks, agoraphobia, etc, none are better than others, getting the dose right isnt easy, one psychiatrist said getting the dose right was an art form

they are quite safe if prescribed and taken sensibly, most anxiety sufferers are far too sensible to ever become addicted to them, which would require very large doses over a long period to happen

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   Posted 2/9/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Harry,

I'm on clonazepam 2mg every night for my anxiety. I've also been told that it has a long half life so lasts the 24hrs.

I know the other night I was having a really bad evening and I was doing the countdown until it was time to take my meds. A night like that is rare though and I just take my clonazepam as I do the prozac in the mornings. It's just part of my med routine.

I get more stressed if I'm really bad about taking a valium, which is rare but I put so much guilt on myself for having to take one.

My pdoc yesterday told me the prozac while it's already helping my depression usually takes a good 10 to 12 weeks for anxiety. sad It looks like it might be more valium for me over the next month or 2.

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   Posted 2/10/2007 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input Harry and Aussieangel.........
.I take valium when needed
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
What is a standard dosing for Klonopin? I was prescribed 1 every 8 hours(or 1/2 every 8 hrs if I want). Is this what others start at? These are the 0.5mg strength. I feel that it isn't enough but maybe I need more time on it? I think when my antidepressant(Effexor XR) kiks in it will be better right?Thanks
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   Posted 2/11/2007 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Sharann

Everyone is different. Your doctor knows you best. I am taking Klonopin as I adjust to Luvox. I am prescribed 1 mg a day. I usually take half of that. My Pdoc says if I need more I can have it. So far it seems enough. I too take them in .50 tabs. Seems to work fine. You actually are taking more than I am. So I wouldn't ask for more unless you get significant anxiety breakthrough. The Doctor says he prescribes up to 6 mgs per day. So you can see we are both at low doses. He would be concerned if i went over 4 mgs per day. Neither of us is close.

Hope that helps.

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   Posted 2/11/2007 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
good input Porridge thanks for that
I dont take this med so I have no idea but sounds like yous are getting amount needed
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   Posted 2/11/2007 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I was started on .5mg twice daily but when I went to hospital it was increased to 2mg once daily. Like all meds it'll take time for the doctors to work out what works best for you.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
docs often fail in getting the dose right so some experimenting can help, there is no standard dose, much depends on how much if any sedation is caused by it this varies a lot from 1 person to another

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   Posted 2/20/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on 20 MG Paxil for years but it kind of pooped out.  So since December I have been on 1.5 MG Klonpin per day.  I am now tapering down as my pdoc has raised my Paxil to 40mg.  I am now down to .25 mg 3 times per day.  It takes a bit of adjustment every time I lessen the dose, but I am making it!!!
 
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Welcome great to hear all the success stories as well 'Hope you become active member in the forum
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   Posted 2/20/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
something i don't understand . How can the med cure you. If you stop taking it all symptoms come back and worse usually. Right?

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   Posted 2/20/2007 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
WEll, form what I understnad, the brain can "retrain" itself. Also Anxiety disorders tend to go in cycles. So you could go for several years without a problem.

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   Posted 2/20/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
what if you have anxiety and it never goes away what is that called then. If you only have anxiety once a week or something, i call that something else

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   Posted 2/20/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I suppose that some people do have anxiety that never goes away. It would be different with everyone I would think.

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   Posted 2/20/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
That would be Generalized Anxiety Disorder I believe, or GAD for short. I think, Twarrior, that almost the entire population has "moments" of anxiety or butterflies maybe to a lesser degree, at some point or another in their lives.

Was there something specific you were looking to ask or for help with? We're all ears! :)

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   Posted 2/20/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Any honest psychiatrist will tell you the meds are never a cure. They simply relieve symptoms, which is very important to staying well and living life to its fullest. There is no evidence of any neurotransmitter modulator or antagonist doing anything to "cure" the brain. It is too complex for that hypothesis.

What's important is doing what you need to do to stay healthy. Sometimes that means medication and there's nothing wrong with that. Insulin doesn't cure diabetes either.

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   Posted 2/21/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Klonopin was really helpful to me. It helped me calm my body down enough to use other coping skills.. once practiced, I could do it without the med. I use it here and there still, I have fibromyalgia and it helps with the spasms and twitching. I was on a low dose too, .5-1mg daily.
I've tried Xanax, and it works quickly, and well for my nerves, but does nothing for the "body". And I've tried Valium which did nothing at all.
Klonopin was pretty sedating at the 1mg dosage for me though. So I would advise caution for "newcomers" to it until you know.
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   Posted 2/21/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
No, sorry. I didn't mean to imply that you would be "cured". But some people can go a time without meds as it can be a cyclical thing and probably will recur. I went for about 2 years with no meds, then back to Paxil. My new pdoc says she prefers to try to see if I can go off the Paxil at least for a while. Does anyone have input on that, whether its better to just stay on it???

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   Posted 2/21/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
It really depends on your history, the severity of the index episode (what brought you to medication the first time), how you did once on it, etc.

The traditional line of thinking among psychiatrists is anxiety and depression are cyclical for most people and an attempt to wean down medication is a good thing. Other psychiatrists feel too many people go off medication or lower the dose, which makes it harder to treat future episodes.

The important thing is to work closely with your doctor and that you feel comfortable with their approach.
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