Still terrified of my meds!

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pilehead
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   Posted 5/18/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe I'm reading too much into the subject, or perhaps it's just my anxiety. But for one reason or another everytime I look at my klonopin I can't take it. If you read my other post I said I was going to take half a pill today but no luck so far. Usually I'm at least able to drink liquids without much flaring up of my symptoms but today I have had about 2 sips of water and thats it. It's depressing...and I know it's negative self talk but I feel like a failure today which doesn't help my problems at all. I'm just afraid that I'll take it once and get sucked into taking it everyday which can lead to dependence or withdrawl symptoms....or worse, I'll take a small dose of it and not take it again the next day and get withdrawl! I know my fears are irrational and that's part of the problem but I just can't push myself to take it. I KNOW it will make things better but when I try those irrational fears take over! SOMEBODY HELP ME!

harry4
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   Posted 5/18/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   

it may help to sit in a hospital waiting room and take the tablet there and wait a while

anxiety sufferers seldom have addictive type personalities and its rare for them to become addicted to any med

some tablets can be disolved in liquid if swallowing a tablet is the problem


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SarahP
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   Posted 5/18/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
There are klonopin wafers that can be dissolved under the tongue. I'm not sure if the regular Klonopin pills can be used that way. Anyone know?
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ozfm
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   Posted 5/18/2007 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Pilehead

I understand your fears, I fought medications for a long time, and the only outcome of that was that when I finally did start taking them, I was in a much worse place than if I'd started taking them earlier.

I now look at it as, well..... if I was in a bad car smash and had to have physio to be able to walk again, then meds are like a car smash of the brain and I can take them under supervision and as soon as I am well enough, I can start to reduce them, just as you would reduce the amount of physio on your leg as it got better.

No point worrying about side effects and withdrawals until you get there, everyone is different.  Discuss your concerns with your doc and get as much information about how the med may effect you, then you can be prepared and deal with it, IF it happens.

Best wishes.

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resting
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   Posted 5/19/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Pilehead,

I can relate to what you are going through.  I can't tell you how many times I've sat in my car in the parking lot outside the ER when I take medication (even Tylenol).  Ten days ago I took one dose of Lexapro 10 mg. and didn't like how I felt.  The following 7 days I was convinced that my body was completely unable to metabolize it and it would remain in my system forever eventually causing me to have some horrible reaction.  I spoke to 4 different pharmacists regarding that!  For myself, I've had to come to the realization that Ativan .5 mg is the only medication I can tolerate taking.  Even that I take only when needed.

I'm not saying that medication isn't helpful, because I truly believe it is.  I just get too wound up about it to allow the time for it to work.  I really hope that you are either able to take the med or can get yourself to a point where you feel good going without it.

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debaser
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   Posted 5/21/2007 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been EXACTLY where you are. If you dig deep enough into these forums (February, I think), you'll find bunches of posts just like yours. You could go to other forums and find me asking the same questions there, too.

If I remember correctly, you're afraid that the Klonopin will upset your stomach worst than it is. Well, it is a possibility. A very, very slim possibility if you look at the research, and the research suggests that any correlation between Klonopin and nausea could be spurious as the numbers are not statistically significant. Your stomach getting sick from from this stuff would be extremely rare. You may feel more anxious when you first take it, but within the hour it'll kick in and take care of that.

I'm pretty sure that nobody has a more sensitive stomach than I did. Klonopin did nothing but make me feel better. LOTS better. I stared at the bottle for weeks before finally giving in, and that day is one of the best days of my life. It closed a very dark chapter. Yes, the stuff can be that good.

As far as addiction goes, if you take it regularly your body will become dependent on it. That's addiction, but not the same kind of addiction that a heroin addict experiences. I've been on it a couple months and do not want to take more. I don't carry it with me throughout the day. It's not that kind of addiction at all. It's just something you don't want to stop taking abruptly. I'm told it takes two or three weeks to get dependent on Klonopin (ask your doc -- I may not be right about this but I think I am). One or two or three or four doses certainly aren't going to hook you, but it's more than enough to notice its effects. If you don't like it, getting off will be easy. And if you've been on them for months, the doctor will give you a tapering regimen. We're not talking about hardcore narcotics here -- you're not going to end up in a rehab hospital or anything.

It seems like you've read some of the anti-benzo sites. My doctor told me just last week that most of the "anti-benzo" fervor is due to Xanax, which is quite powerful and is somewhat habit forming. I asked him about this because I'm about to move and was concerned about finding a new doctor who'd want to discontinue a treatment that's working for me. He said not many doctors are concerned about Klonopin.

If you still can't take the pill, why not make an appointment with your doctor and take the pill when your in the waiting room? There you'll be surrounded by people who can help you out, although I'm almost 100 percent positive you won't have any problems at all.

Good luck. I think you said you've read my blog. If you want to leave comments and have a discussion or whatever, please feel free.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/21/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure the Pils would work the same I am not sure if there is Sublingual Klonies I know there is ativan sublingual and believe me it works great and so much faster...........


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harry4
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   Posted 5/21/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
xanax is no worse or better than other benzos but it does have a bad reputation and its best to not ask for it by name as many docs will think you a benzo addict, or a hard drug addict who has run out of drugs and wants xanax to tide them over

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debaser
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   Posted 5/21/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't say it was better or worse. My doc alluded to the same reputation you did. If one were to look at a benzo comparison chart, Xanax is by far the most potent and thus the most habit forming of all of them. That in and of itself doesn't make it a bad drug, but no doubt it's bad for some people. Klonopin is the second most powerful, but it has a much longer half-life and so there's not a need to take another a couple hours later. For me, .5 mg lasts about 10 to 11 hours as near as I can tell. They're just different. The Xanax has a qucker onset but doesn't last as long. That's ideal for some people because many don't experience panic attacks everyday. If I had those instead of Klonopin I'd be sunk. My attacks affect my stomach, but I also have psychological issues about eating and stuff, so I'd be popping a Xanax all the time. Different people, different medicine.
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