Anyone take Klonopin?

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Zomese
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   Posted 7/14/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor prescribed this for me last week. I haven't taken it yet. Is is best to take at night? What are the side effects?
 
He prescribed it to take as needed. If I take it early in the day will it make me too tired to function?
 
Thanks
 
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jerseycherries
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   Posted 7/14/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
i take klonopin and have no problems with it. i dont get tired or anything like that. i take it as needed and have taken it at different times of the day with no side effects. but thats just me. i do really good on it. it helps me and i dont feel like crap after taking it. so thats always a plus. good luck and i hope that others share their experiences too.


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stkitt
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   Posted 7/14/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   

HI,

This is Kitt. We have a lot of members taking Klonopin on the forum. Here is one thread that might help you.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=847988

Klonopin, IMHO, is a good drug for many people. I hope it works for you.
 
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debaser
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   Posted 7/14/2007 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Random thoughts:

Klonopin doesn't work immediately and wasn't designed to take on an as-needed basis. However, lots of people do take it that way and have success with it. Keep in mind that it's not Xanax...it'll take much longer to start working, and it will not wear off quite as quickly. So the "best time" to take it depends on you.

If you tend to have anxiety at certain times of the day, take the Klonopin one to two hours ahead of time and it should cover you for about four to five hours, I'd guess. However, these are questions for your doctor. You may want to put in a call to him to see what he wants you to do.

A lot of people do get tired when taking Klonopin, but they're generally instructed to take it twice a day and the side effect goes away after a while. When I first started taking it I got a little tired, but it wasn't bad. Everyone's different, though. You should heed the warning label and take it on the weekend so you'll know how it affects you personally. If you don't take enough of it for your body to adjust, the side effect may take a long time to go away. Or maybe not...I don't know. That's just my best guess.

Sometimes it seems my whole blog's about Klonopin. You might find some interesting reading there (the link is below).

If you have .5 mg tablets, I wouldn't recommend taking more than two a day. The FDA and Roche guidelines state that 1mg/day is the target dose for panic disorder. If you take much more than that for a significant period of time, you run the risk of tolerance and that's something you don't want to get into.

Beyond that, it's a safe medication that's been on the market for a long time, and for most people it has a relatively low side-effect profile.
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Zomese
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   Posted 7/15/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for everyones responses. I really appreciate it. Great links also.
 
Debaser, I'm sorta confused. I was prescribed 1 mg tablets to take three times a day as needed. That's way more then the recommended guideline. I don't want to be a zombie. By the way, I visited your blog and really liked it. Nice photos.
 
I don't have full blown panic attacks anymore (usually) now I just go several hours out of the day feeling like I'm going to have a panic attack but it doesn't fully come on. I just feel anxious, with tightness in my chest and a little agitated and an accelerated heartbeat. And it's not every day.
 
The one exception is when I take medicine, then I usually get a really bad panic attack that can last for hours. I have a hard time staying on any Bipolar medicine because I panic everytime I take them. I tried 2 different ones in the past 3 months and freak out everytime and stopped taking them. This is the first time I've been prescribed anything for anxiety.
 
Is it possible that like the other medicines I took, that the Klonopin will actually cause me to have a panic attack? I'm getting anxious just thinking about taking it.
 
I'm a little nervous. I wonder why they picked this particular medicine for me. I see my Dr. on Wednesday so I can ask then. I certainly don't want to take something every day. Or several times a day for that matter. 
 
Can anyone relate to this? How do I take panic meds when taking meds actually makes me panic?
 
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harry4
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   Posted 7/15/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   

some anxiety sufferers do take 3 mg on a difficult day, the amount of sedation you get usually limits the dose (some never get any sedation)

you would need to ask a pharmacist about drug reactions but I havent heard of klonapin being blamed for causing panuic attacks, but worries about taking any med can cause them


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debaser
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   Posted 7/15/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.rocheusa.com/products/klonopin/pi.pdf

I didn't notice you were bipolar. Klonopin's not indicated for that, and my guess is that's why your doc put you on it as-needed. I'd try to take as little of it as you can, of course, because being bipolar, you certainly don't want to develop any physical dependence on it. So that's good that it's not every day you have this heightened anxiety. He probably assumes you'll only take it a couple times a week, which would be fine.

I can all but guarantee you that it will not cause you to have a panic attack. I had bad reactions (panic) to just about every medication I took over the last four years, but NOT Klonopin. It's designed to slow the nervous system so it would indeed be rare if it were to increase your anxiety and cause you to have a panic attack. Now, the thing is, it's probably safe to say you're psychologically averse to taking meds just like I was. K takes about an hour for it to start to work. In that interim period, you're going to have to keep yourself calm. The drug will take it from there. There are cases in which it has increased anxiety, but they are exceedingly rare. An airplane is probably more likely to crash into your house...it's that kind of rare. But if it does happen, don't take it again and talk to your physician as soon as possible.

I've never taken 1mg in a single dose, but I'm willing to bet it will make you quite tired the first time you take it. The tablets are scored...if it makes you more comfortable you could just break it in half your first time.

I'm not a doctor, of course, so take this with a grain of salt...

My primary concern would be that you averaged taking one mg a day for a few weeks and then your bipolar disorder swings around. At that point, you couldn't simply stop taking the Klonopin, so it could make that end of things worse. You may want to get a second opinion on it. At .5 mg twice/day, it takes roughly three weeks to develop a dependence on the drug. It could be that the "twice a day thing" is what causes the dependence, though....having it in your bloodstream all the time. Just to be on the safe side you may want to at least ask a different doctor about it. Second opinions are rarely sought but they can be very valuable. The second doctor may think it's fine that you go on the Klonopin, but he might want to back off on the dose a bit (you never know). It's a powerful drug.

Again, in the meantime I wouldn't worry about it causing a panic attack. Go ahead and take it while it's Sunday...that way you'll know for sure how it affects you.
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Jenni462
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   Posted 7/15/2007 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started taking Klonopin too, I've been taking half a pill at nighttime so that im not so tired during the day...im assuming if you take it as needed during the day you should be very careful, especially if you plan on driving...the first day i felt like a zombie in la la land but since then I don't feel much more tired than usual. I'm actually feeling a little more positive today, and usually on a sunday where im all by myself with not much to do, that is rare...im assuming its the drugs but who knows...im wondering at what point i should start taking a whole pill
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   Posted 7/15/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Klonopin CAN be sedating to some. It depends on the person, everyone reacts differently. In my opinion, trying a couple doses during the day to see how it affects you, should be done at a time when you do not plan on driving or doing any tasks that could become dangerous if you are a little "off". I use it to help me sleep, but it's use is for something other than anxiety for me. It's not *sedating* for me, but it calms down my central nervous system.

I hope it works out for you!!
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debaser
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   Posted 7/16/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Zomese,

Time for you to check in, friend. Have you taken the Klonopin yet? How did it affect you? Keep in touch...
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debaser
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   Posted 7/17/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
If he takes the full 3mg a day he may very well up with tolerance in a few months. That's quite a bit, in spite of what the seizure people take. The amount of the drug DOES correlate with tolerance if taken regularly. I don't think his doctor intends for him to take it regularly, though, so hopefully that won't be an issue.

But, anyway, it's the plain ol' physical dependence I'd be concerned about. Bipolar's much different than A/P and I'm not sure CBT would help. It may. It's definitely something he should talk to his psychiatrist about.

I have a feeling the doctor does know what he's doing here, but I still advocate for a second opinion because of the particular disorder he has and the amount he was prescribed. I do think he should take the Klonopin as prescribed until then, though.
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Zomese
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   Posted 7/17/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey everyone,

I'm doing good. I haven't taken it yet because I've had to get up early all week (including the weekend) and I didn't want to be too tired for work. I think I must just suck it up & take it.

I had some anxiety this morning but again I had to meet with a client at 9 am so I just sufferd through it.

The Dr prescribed it as needed, so I'm trying to wait until I really need it. I seem him tomorrow at 5 pm, I think he is going to try to prescribe another bipolar medicine along with this, so I'm not looking forward to it. I'm anxious just thinking about it.

I felt my mood shifting this morning so I may take one this evening. I'm happy to hear it helps w/ the manic phase of bipolar. I keep feeling like it's trying to come on. I'm off tomorrow so I don't have to get up early. I did not sleep good last night so maybe it will help with that. Bad sleep + me = no good!

On a side note, Debaser I noticed you referred to me as a he, but I am a she. LOL. No biggie. tongue   It feels funny to read he referring to me. Not that it really matters though, I just thought I would clear that up. Also, thanks for checking up on me.

Everyone here is a huge help. Thanks so much! I would have posted earlier, usually new posts show up blue and they get my attention really quick. This one never changed back to blue from purple to let me know there was a new response. So I just kept looking past it.

 

 

 


 
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