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Clonazapem

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Hi:
Anyone ever take this for anxiety? I hated to do it but today I took one as I didn’t sleep last night and feel so anxious. I know that it’s addictivd so I am afraid to continue it. Thoughts?
 

triceps

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Hi:
Anyone ever take this for anxiety? I hated to do it but today I took one as I didn’t sleep last night and feel so anxious. I know that it’s addictivd so I am afraid to continue it. Thoughts?
I have taken Klonopin for years after the Xanax I had taken for 15 years seemed to lose it's effectiveness. My psychiatrist assures me that a dosage under 2mg/day is not addictive (physically) but if on it for any length of time, you should not quit it cold turkey. What dosage are you taking?
 
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I have taken Klonopin for years after the Xanax I had taken for 15 years seemed to lose it's effectiveness. My psychiatrist assures me that a dosage under 2mg/day is not addictive (physically) but if on it for any length of time, you should not quit it cold turkey. What dosage are you taking?
The dosage I am taking is 0.5.
 

triceps

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Don't take more than three/day and you'll be fine. I take a .5 in the morning and two .5s when I go to bed and I don't have any sleep problems.
 
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Thanks...don’t like taking it at all but I can’t sleep at night so I sometimes have no choice. Do you take it every single night? If not, do you not sleep?
 
#6
My doctor prefers Klonopin to Xanax - I was reluctant to try it because I always thought it was stronger. However, I take half of a .5mg tablet and I sleep great. I only do this a few times a week because of its addictive nature.

I believe those of us with anxiety are prone to overthinking fears of addiction to meds, and this can lead to not using help given to us. Klonepin sat in my drawer for weeks before I even took it!
 

triceps

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#7
Thanks...don’t like taking it at all but I can’t sleep at night so I sometimes have no choice. Do you take it every single night? If not, do you not sleep?
I take the Klonopin every night and have been for years. I was having severe sleep problems including panic attacks prior to taking it. Xanax and Klonopin are equally as strong but the Klonopin lasts twice as long so you don't have to take as much. The Xanax only lasts 4 hours. I had to take three months to withdraw from the Xanax as I was taking more of it each day than I do with the Klonopin. I've been on the Xanax or Klonopin for over 30 years without any significant side effects. I also take Lexapro and have not had any problem with the combination of the two.
 
#8
triceps, thanks so much for this information! I am so skitterish about meds, but I just might re-think how often I allow myself to take Klonopin. I agree-no problem taking it with anti-depressants (I take Effexor). Yep, I too have sleeping issues and the K works wonders.
 
Thread starter #9
I agree...thanks so much everyone for all the info. I never needed any of this medication until some stuff happened in my life. The lack of sleep is killing me so I will take the Klonopin. Thank you!
 
#10
Returntonormal, good for you! When you are not sleeping, you don't think clearly, and probably don't make best decisions for your health. I am talking from experience. Be kind to yourself and sleep easy tonight! For me Klonopin broke the crazy cycle of insominia. Best wishes!!
 
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I think 'but I can't go on like this' is your answer to at least try the Klonopin. You will get past this, I promise! Please please keep me and others posted! Blessings, Peggy
 
#14
The dosage I am taking is 0.5.
Klonopin/Clonazapem is known to be highly addictive (people often needing to keep "uping the dose" if taken in mid to high doses daily long term. However, because my doc knows this but also knows it's the only common anxiety related medicine I respond well to ... he only prescribes 60 pills a year at 0.5 mg. That way i have to be very selective in choosing when to take it (meaning only in emeregy situations where I'm having an extreme full blown panic attack that I can't otherwise get myself out of). Hope this helps provide some info to consider.
 
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#15
Hi:
Anyone ever take this for anxiety? I hated to do it but today I took one as I didn’t sleep last night and feel so anxious. I know that it’s addictive so I am afraid to continue it. Thoughts?
I've been on it for a long time but my psychiatrist would like me to go off of it. If he expects me to do this at home and I can't get his help that makes no sense. He hasn't told me what I'd do during anxiety. He's only there once a week. I might have to see someone else.
 
#17
Clonazepam is one of the most dangerous of the benzodiazepines. A very top psychiatrist prescribed 2 mg a day at night for me around 2008. It quickly lost any benefit, but I kept taking it. Then I was afraid to stop. 8 years later with the help of another doctor I began to taper off of it. That process almost killed me. Long story. I got vertigo, had an MRI, did physical therapy which didn't help at all. I finally had a crisis and being in the hospital finally made the vertigo stop. But nobody should ever take a benzodiazepine drug for more than a couple of times for a surgical procedure, or a small amount every couple of weeks only in emergency. They are the most dangerous drugs in our country because they are not prescribed correctly, they soon lose efficiency and there is tolerance withdrawal, and actually withdrawing takes a long time and is a process in which you will wish you were dead. I have found exercise and some other things the only way I can deal with panic attacks. And that almost kills me. No good news here.
 
#18
This is all so new to me. Never ever needed meds before. I will try the Klonopin. Will let you know. Thank you
only my opinion based on horrible experiences. Do not use clonazepam to help now and then for panic. Maybe a short half life drug like lorazepam but only in very small doses and not very often. We cannot depend on benzo drugs because they are deadly unless used as in an OR by an anesthesiologist
 
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only my opinion based on horrible experiences. Do not use clonazepam to help now and then for panic. Maybe a short half life drug like lorazepam but only in very small doses and not very often. We cannot depend on benzo drugs because they are deadly unless used as in an OR by an anesthesiologist
I've been taking benzos for over 40 years. The trick is to not let your dosage get over 1.5mg/day. If you feel that you need a dosage higher than that, get off SLOWLY and find something else. It took 20 years on Xanax for me to be sure it had lost its' effectiveness. I took three months to slowly withdraw and didn't experience any serious side effects or withdrawal symptoms. I now take the same dosage of Klonopin along with 20mg/day of Lexapro without any serious side effects and have for a very long time. I am very aware of the addictivness and the horror stories regarding withdrawal but it's the only combination that works decently for me. I'm sure sorry you had such a bad experience with Klonopin and unfortunately you're not alone when it comes to benzos. I might've just been lucky with how my body handles them.
 
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Triceps, I take Klonopin as well. My NP gave me 30 so I take them sparingly. It helps me sleep, even if I take half of a pill. Yes, we are given horror stories and I get that. But, I think this has scared us to the point of avoiding something that can truly help!
Awareness of possible addiction is key.
 
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