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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I just started Clonazepam 1 mg for irritablity (extreme)  I am bi polar and it has been added to effexor and a mood stabilizer.
I feel a little out of it as far as fatique,slight dizziness and a problem with equalibrium.  Will any of this subside the longer I take it?
My husband is angry at me for taking it, He refuses to let me drive my kids around which is extreme since I am not buzzed or out of my head in anyway. He even made references to not being happy because I am always on something.
Ever b.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ever,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board.

It's time to educate your husband. May I suggest pointing him towards a website like
or a book like The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by David Miklowitz. He needs to understand that as a bipolar, you will most likely be on medication for the rest of your life and that needs to be okay with him. He needs to understand that is what is going to keep you well and without it you're likely to have more episodes.

The side effects of the clonazepam should fade within a week or so, and if they don't you should call your doc.

I hope this is helpful,
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Serafena. we have been through so much counseling with my condition after I was hospitalized years ago after a suicice attempt. He is just one of those stubborn people who does not believe in mental illness or medication to treat it. I am sick of getting zero support from him over the years. But, he owns everything, will try to take the kids,......ect. So I just put up with his constant stupidity.

At least if the side effects and zombie like state start to subside he will shut up for now. : )


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   Posted 2/12/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Ever,
I understand completely.  My partner doesn't agree with my meds either.  When we first got together he told me so, and I quit all my meds (safely and slowly) and after a few months I relapsed so hard I didn't know what happened.  So I remember that, and when he brings up his "solid points against the meds" I point that out everytime.  Since I've been back on meds at least I am better than I was.
Just remember that you are in charge of you.  And that you are doing what you believe is right for your health.  Honestly, these partners who talk so much about the meds etc...I'd like to see them last one week in our condition.  Isn't that awful of me?  Oh well, I mean it.  Maybe then they would get some perspective!
I too take Clonazepam for the anxiety, irritability.  It works like a dream for me.  Sometimes I feel a little buzzed when I take it, but I just take it easy and feel the calmness it brings.  It helps me, and I am thankful for that.  I dont' take it everyday, just as I need it.  Are you taking it daily?
Anyway, hope you feel better soon.
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Risperdal .5mg/day & Lamictal 325 mg/day

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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
have you tried vilift? it's really working for me, my mood really changed, i mean i feel better and a lot better since i started on vilift. i feel calm and always in control about my mood, emotion and everything.
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