Sleep and Anxiety

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debaser
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   Posted 5/29/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this has been discussed before, probably by me. But I'm going to discuss it again.

This holiday weekend I didn't sleep much. Not because I couldn't, but because I just didn't feel like it. I went to bed very, very late at night and woke up fairly early in the morning. Still, throughout it all I managed to feel pretty well until today.

Last night I felt that I had reached my threshold and intended to go to bed early, but one thing led to another and I did not. Bad, bad mistake. Somehow I managed to wake up on time this morning but I was very "off". Exhausted, cloudy in the head, but not anxious. I got in touch with work and told them I'd be in after ate lunch, thinking that the lunch would snap me into shape.

Instead I must have fell asleep sometime after eating, right here at my desk. I did not wake up until sometime around 5:30. And when I woke up I finally felt rested, but EXTREMELY anxious. I've been on the precipice of a panic attack ever since. Right now I'm just waiting for my next Klonopin dose, roughly 30 minutes from now. At this point I think it's the only thing that can calm me. The bad part about it is that it doesn't have a quick onset. For me it takes up to two hours to take effect, so I'm considering taking it sublingually for the first time. I don't like medicine and I hate doing anything that's off the label. I realize that taking it under the tongue will make it work faster, but will it compromise its strength in any way? Longevity?

Anyway, from those of you who still experience severe anxiety and panic attacks, do whatever you can to get enough sleep. My whole body is confused right now and it's causing me big time trouble.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/29/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi debaser.  I had something simular like that happen to me yesterday.  I took a nap in the afternoon, and woke up feeling anxious but it passed me not long after.
 
I would take the Klonopin under the tongue so it will have a quick effect.  Maybe after doing that you could distract yourself by watching TV or reading to take your mind off of it.   Maybe you could even lay back down.  Sometimes at night before I go to bed, I take a hot shower.  It helps me relax.
 
I hope you feel better real soon!
 
Mary 

debaser
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   Posted 5/29/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for answering. Will taking it under the tongue compromise its strength or length of effectiveness? I literally have it in my hand right now, and am trying to figure out what to do with it.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


stkitt
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   Posted 5/29/2007 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey  Debaser,

Hi, this is Kitt.

Klonopin is also available as an orally disintegrating tablet containing 0.125 mg, 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg or 2 mg clonazepam. Each orally disintegrating tablet also contains gelatin, mannitol, methylparaben sodium, propylparaben sodium and xanthan gum.

If this is the drug you have than it was made for sublingual use.  If not, please use your drug  as prescribed and check with your physician about getting a RX for the SL medication.
 
All meds manufactured for sublingual dosing are into the blood stream rapidly and may not be equal mg per mg.
 
I hope your sleeping pattern returns to normal. yeah
 
 
 
Respectfully
Kitt
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Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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debaser
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   Posted 5/29/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey.

Yeah, I know what you mean. A LOT of people take their K under the tongue even when they don't have the wafer, though. I've alwys been hesitant to try that for the reasons you mentioned...I'm a real stickler for taking it exactly the way it's prescribed. Tonight was just a special case. I have generic Clonazepam and it can take a couple hours or even more to have an effect on me. It's just the way I metabolize medicines...slowly.

As it is, I've already taken it and I swallowed it. I think. I took it with an orange drink I had left over from dinner, but I think it may have slid down the straw. I couldn't feel it go down. Usually I can. I tried looking around in the drink for it but there's a lot of ice in there still and it's hard to see. What a day, huh?
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


stkitt
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   Posted 5/29/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Back at ya,

Tomorrow has got to be better.............just be sure to drink all of the drink and the ice as it melts..............don't want you choking........

Take care of you.


Respectfully
Kitt
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


debaser
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   Posted 5/29/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks.

Yes, tomorrow has to be better. I'm trying to drink it...but drinking watered down orange drink is kinda gross.

40 minutes after taking the pill I thought my anxiety started to ease, but now it's back! I feel like crying, haha.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/

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