I take klonopin and love it. So far, its been the least destructive to my liver, with the least side effects and most effective drug. I take it for anxiety, restless leg, and mild sleeplessness. I have been on the same 1mg dose for a bout 5 years now. I know I'm probably dependent but don't want higher doses, but then I'd be addicted to neurontin pretty bad if I took it that long, and seeing people go off neurontin in the mental ward was really bad. If they weren't nuts before, they were after. Also had bad liver problems from it. I don't like the drug, and I 've taken gabitril and lyrica, both really hard on my liver and I ended up having allergic reactions to them, they didn't work well either. I don't care for how they manipulate the GABA, but for those who can't take anything else and it works for them, its good. My son has epilepsy and went completely nuts on neurontin, not only did it put him into seizures, but caused him to suddenly become out of control psychotic and he tried to light himself on fire. He was not himself for sure and it was horrible. I have read so many bad accounts about the drug I wonder why they don't take it off the market and we probably should have sued, but it seems to be the thing to push on middle aged women with multiple health complaints. And for some it works. It does cause long term changes in the way your mind works, like all the new psych drugs. i guess it just depends on how well your liver works and how well you tolerate the stuff, but with the advanced liver problems I've seen in long term users and their rotten attitudes when they don't have it, I'd rather die than take it.
My benzo has been helpful in coming off long stints on narcotics, and I have gone without. While it's not pleasant, it wasn't anything worse than coming off narcotics for me, but then I take a low dose. I don't enjoy coming off psych drugs like neurontin, they are very unpleasant and even dangerous to stop. My mother is bipolar and she enjoys neurontin. It hasn't improved her mental state really, but she likes taking it. But she takes a lot of narcotics and other stuff too for health reasons. Klonopin is the only benzo I can take without getting depressed. I've gone off it before after years of use, and it wasn't too horrible for me and it was nice to not have my personality messed with.
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