How many of you are not afraid of klonopin?

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michaxx2
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   Posted 10/4/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
It works great for my anxiety.....and still use it 3 times a week, 0.5mg  .
Used to be afraid of it,but not anymore.....how about you?
Micha  :-)

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/4/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't used Klonopin...I currently use Lexapro, and Xanax. Anyway, I use to hate the thought of drugs at all, but now that I am on them, I have learned to except them, and not be afraid. That doesn't mean I am not annoyed by them, because I am.

What, can I ask, were you afraid of???

Wishing you the best of luck...hoping Klonopin is going to continue to work for you!
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michaxx2
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   Posted 10/4/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Tammy,

I am glad you are doing good on both medications....I was on lexapro too twice,each time for a year and a half,combined with klonopin instead of xanax,used as needed...I love lexapro...it is an awesome medication,really,cleared up my anxiety almost 100 %,but,I put some weight on,not much tho,6 pounds,so this is why I quit it and stayed on klonopin...as needed....why was I scared of klonopin? what scared me is tolerance and addiction and the fear of withdrawals if I ever decide (which I'm not anymore)to stop taking it....so,I know that anxiety is a part of my life,will never get rid of it....and so,why quitting if it helps me with living a normal life......

Micha :-)


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   Posted 10/4/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been scared of every medication ever prescribed to me... I think, for me, its the fear that it might make things worse... And the dependancy thing too. Also, i feel like there isnt much information out there for long time users of some of these medications, so i fear that they might be damaging me or something...

about klonopin. I'm on high dose and look forward to lowing it. That will come in time...

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   Posted 10/4/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

I am not afraid of Klonopin or any of the benzos but I have reduced the amount I used down  to just a small dose daily.

If you need medications, then please do talk it over in depth with your physician and make an informed decision.

Good topic.

Take care and keep posting.



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   Posted 10/4/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   

I was afraid to take my xanax when it was first prescribed, but my doctor insisted. I was afraid I would get "hooked" on it, but that hasn't happened. I can go months without it and only take it once in a while as needed for panic attacks or extreme anxiety.

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michaxx2
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   Posted 10/4/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting replies...thank you girls.....I feel really comfortable now taking klonopin.....and of course I do have follow ups with my dr....he is an excellent dr...I trust him a 100%....he is the one who told me not to be afraid of klonopin.....people like us with anxiety will never abuse medication....so as long as I am under his supervision I am fine.....
Thank you
Micha :-)

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   Posted 10/5/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
michaxx2 said...
Tammy,

I am glad you are doing good on both medications....I was on lexapro too twice,each time for a year and a half,combined with klonopin instead of xanax,used as needed...I love lexapro...it is an awesome medication,really,cleared up my anxiety almost 100 %,but,I put some weight on,not much tho,6 pounds,so this is why I quit it and stayed on klonopin...as needed....why was I scared of klonopin? what scared me is tolerance and addiction and the fear of withdrawals if I ever decide (which I'm not anymore)to stop taking it....so,I know that anxiety is a part of my life,will never get rid of it....and so,why quitting if it helps me with living a normal life......

Micha [img]/community/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


With Klonopin people generally form a physical dependence, as it is usually prescribed to take twice every day. Addiction isn't really a rational fear for anxiety sufferers because they're usually taking less than 2mg, and at these doses tolerance isn't a factor. Tolerance is a necessary component of addiction. I've been on Klonopin/Clonazepam since March and have never once felt a physical urge to ask for a higher dose. I've moved and switched doctors during this time period, and both have cleared me to take an additional .5 mg as needed, as long as I don't do so very often. Wanna guess how many times I've taken extra? Twice. In all of that time, just twice. And both times I broke the pill in half, actually, so I've never taken 1.5mg in a single day.

Withdrawal is associated with cessation of Klonopin treatment, but I wouldn't worry about that just yet. As long as you're prepared to taper very, very slowly you'll probably be fine. Your previous symptoms will likely gradually return, but if you co slow enough on the taper you may be able to avoid withdrawal completely. Everyone's different. And, hey, if you need the drug, you need it. There's no shame in it. When it comes time to stop taking it, just deal with it then. And you may not ever wish to come off it. That's fine, too. There's no research indicating that long term use of this particular drug is harmful unless there are other medical factors involved (liver problems, for example).

Back to topic, I was scared to death to take it at first. I stared at that bottle for weeks, just knowing that taking it would do me more harm than good. I actively sought out horror stories on the internet so I'd know the worst-case scenario. Finally, after finding that there was almost no chance that it would make me more nauseated (and with some encouragement from here and other places/people), I took the plunge. I NEVER would've been able to accomplish what I have without it.
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ryleigh
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   Posted 10/5/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,  I was afraid of all drugs.. They all made me sick..  I tried xanax and it was ok but I did not like the ups and downs..  My friend Debaser said I should try Klonopin..  I was so scared..  I tried it and have been on it for 2 weeks..  No problem..  I am not sick.. I little tired sometimes ..  But the good thing is after 10 years I am started to feel like my self again..  I am going out a little and my stomach is better..  So the question am I afraid of taking Klonopin..  NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is giving me my life back..  Hope it helps you...  Take Care... tongue

Ryleigh


michaxx2
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   Posted 10/5/2007 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Debaser,you make sense a lot...if we need it then we need it....I want to live normal and happy...I hate anxiety with passion.....I dont want to feel anxious anymore....i've live it for a long time...I say today..ENOUGH!!!I want to feel normal and I have all the right to be normal.,.,life is too short...I'll deal with the withdrawals whenever I decide to quit...for now 3 pills a week are not gonna kill me........right??

Micha :-)

 


michaxx2
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   Posted 10/5/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   

stkitt....thank you for your reply...may I asked you how much are you taking right now? did you have hard time to reduce the dosage?

Micha :-)


michaxx2
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   Posted 10/5/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
ryleigh...thank you for your reply....glad to hear that klonopin has been helping you.....what a relief,right?it is soooooo good to feel normal again.....good luck!!!!
Micha :-)

Aussieangel
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   Posted 10/5/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't scared to take it, but my old pdoc got me up to 3.5mgs a day. My new pdoc when he returns from hospital is going to book me into hospital for withdrawal as he believes a lot of my anxiety is rebound from the drug (I've been on it for a year). I'm more scared about the withdrawal as they've tried it twice before withdrawing me too quickjly and without the proper backup (valium) and it was a nightmare. This pdoc seems more in tune and knows how worried I am so hopefully it will be different this time and I can get off the drug.

michaxx2
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   Posted 10/5/2007 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   

wow.....3.5 mg is a high dosage......what kind of rebound anxiety do you experience? and what plan of tapering did you follow first? I heard about water titration tapering...seems to work for some people....I donno,I guess the best thing is to take your dr's advice.....good luck!!!!

Micha


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   Posted 10/5/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't wait to get my meds and just a lot of increased general anxiety whixh can be a side effect of the med when on it for a while.
 
I'm not sure how the pdocs doing the withdrawal, I think he's planning the sustitution with valium.
 

michaxx2
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   Posted 10/6/2007 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes,I heard that switching to valium eases big time the tapering...that's true....just take your time slowlyyyyyyyyyy cause you know this is not a race.....I heard a lot of success stories with valium...good way to go...good luck!!!!!!!!!  :)

Micha

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