Clonazepam doses

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Garner
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   Posted 5/9/2007 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on this drug for 8 months or so at 1mg a day and my psych keeps on telling me that i need to get off it...I am now taking 0.75mg a day and my anxiety is awful yet again, I dunno why he is making me cut down on the med when it was kind helping my panic before....anyone know what i should do.....maybe ways to relax? cause a 0.25 cut down shouldnt be that bad I thought.

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   Posted 5/9/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
HI
there are Relaxation threads up and you could do CBT as well as other self help techniques

Or talk to your doc and explain that it is not cutting it for you ......

We cannot tell you to take more or less of med as we are not docs but we can be here for you
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   Posted 5/9/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
How long ago did you cut back? If it's recently maybe see if it begins to subside in a few days. If not, you might ask your doctor about a slower taper. That may make it a little easier.

Lyn's advice is good and I might add giving exercise a shot as well.

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   Posted 5/9/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks D for your input I forgot that one .......good one too
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Garner
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   Posted 5/9/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I started on 0.75mg a day on May.4. I was ok up until today when it was just full blown anxiety. I sure hope I get used to this 25% cutback within the next couple days, cause today was hell. I did just go workout at the gym and the anxiety did subside a bit since i did take my last 0.25 dose of the day. thanks for the comments. I am in a bad situation and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 5/9/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what you call these things...but they're exercise things used to strengthen the forearms. You know, you squeeze them. The good thing about them is that they're very portable and unobtrusive. I used them a lot when I was having panic attacks and they seemed to help. They're kind of like a more robust version of those little squeeze stress balls.
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   Posted 5/10/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
if you're not using some other form of treatment like CBT then you really shoudl start before you taper off the drugs in my opinion. meds are the MOST effective when used in CONJUNCTION with psychotherapy. i would definitly ask your doctor for a referral to a therapist if you don't already have one, then you'll have the tools to help you deal with the anxiety better as you come of your meds (if you infact chose to do so). i used meds in conjunction with therapy and found that the tools i learned in therapy made it so i felt comfortable coming off the meds and now only take klonopin as needed, which is rarely.

if the meds are helping though, there is no reason to stop them until YOU feel you are able to, which is where a therapist can greatly help. make sure you communicate that all with your doctor.
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   Posted 5/10/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
anyone know what the doc is gonna say to me when i go back soon after he said come back in a month over 4 months ago after prescribing me clonozapam?

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   Posted 5/10/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be worried about it. I'm sure he sees this kind of thing pretty often. He should know how to deal with you.
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   Posted 5/10/2007 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   

to garner

benzos are more useful with CBT, IMO you should learn CBT before lowering the dose

your reduction problems are most likely psychological than real

the traditional psychotherapy of searching for hidden causes never helped at all, for anxiety IMO and is now largely abandoned, except by those older psycs who underwent a religious conversion to it and are also too old to change

I see very little need for a psychiatrist, any doc can prescribe the meds they do and the many self help books, tapes and courses on overcoming anxiety and panic disorder have all you need to know

many psychiatrists have never had a panic attack, just having read about them in books

stay on the clon if he wants you to take an antidepressant as it reduces the early side effects


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   Posted 5/11/2007 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I agree with ali and also agre that you need to talk to doc explain that yu are willing to try CBT ( only if you are) and see how that goes and then he may taper you off slower....

Conjuntion IS the wodr for sure.
Meds are great BUT have to be used in C with other self help tech......

I believe a therapist or Psycotherapist would help you as well

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   Posted 5/11/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I think psychiatrists are very useful when people are really, really mixed up and have to take lots of different psychoactive medications. Anxiety sufferers don't typically fall into that category. A regular general MD is more than qualified to prescribe something like a benzo, but they have to be GOOD doctors because the drugs are potent and there's a dependency risk. You don't want some quack handing out six refills for 4 mg/day of Klonopin, for example.

But the same's true of any illness. We all want good, attentive physicians who who read their journals and use their own heads.
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