I am a long time panic disorder sufferer and like many others, I have tried different medications ...such as SSRI's, SNRI's and even some of the old trycyclics. There has been some moderate success, but only with Celexa in the past, but it seemed to lose it's effectiveness over time. Through all my trials with different meds, I have always been on Klonopin....sometimes .5 mg per day and there have been a few occassions where i have needed 1 mg. My question is, are there many of you out there that have been using benzo's, i.e. Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Diazepam, over the long term ?
It seems that through my bouts of panic and when things get bad....Klonopin is the only medication that has consistently been able to be of benefit. My pscychiatrist says that there are many people who take these meds regularly. As Panic sufferers, many of us are worried about Benzo addiction, including myself. I recently posed the question to my psych....."Could my using Klonopin for such a long time ( about 2 strait years ) be damaging my system.\?" His response was that at my dosage, I don't need to be worrying. He did say, if I was taking a very high dosage, such as 3 mg per day or more that is might be a good idea to address the issue and see about tapering back. Over the past two years, I have never taken more than 1 mg per day, but sometimes in the back of my mind, I wonder what long term use of these types of meds can possibly do to our system, such as brain function, liver function etc. I guess if it helps me to feel better, I should probably try not to worry. But, worry is a big part of the problem I guess.....kind of goes along with the disorder.
It would be good to hear other peoples experiences with Benzos if you would like to share.