I wish I had more time to post, but I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow.
Klonopin's half life is significantly longer than 24 hours, but that doesn't mean that it's therapeutic effects will last that long. The length of the therapeutic effect will vary from individual to individual, but for me it's somewhere in the 12 hour neighborhood. Interestingly, I normally get edgy around dose time, but tonight I was busy and didn't remember to take it on time...I was two and a half hours late. It didn't bother me at all until I noticed that I hadn't taken it! So some of the edginess we're experiencing might be psychological...hard to tell.
To SarahP: I've heard of a LOT of people who take their K dose an hour or so before bedtime, and their doctors told them to do that. In your case with the muscle stuff, that would seem like an entirely appropriate thing to do. What Harry failed to mention is that the sedation effects of benzos tend to go away with time if taking it regularly. That's what the studies say, anyway. If that's true for you then it shouldn't interfere with your natural ability to get to sleep. And if it did, so what? It's not going to mess you up for life if you stopped taking it. Eventually you'd return to normal, I'd think.
I just don't think there's much cause for alarm. While there are bad doctors out there, most of them are very bright and know what they're doing. If they say to take it at night, take it at night. Harry's notion that doctors don't learn from anxiety sufferers is puzzling to me. My doctor asked me questions every time I saw him for a refill, and I imagine that he does that with all his patients. Learning from textbooks? Sure they do, but they learn from their experience just like the rest of us. I've finally learned to trust doctors like I would any other professional. They're not Gods but very few of them are idiots who only learn from textbooks and pharma reps.
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