Benzos make it worse

Posted by doorman @doorman, Thu, Oct 3 7:31am

Does anyone here have this reaction to benzos? At first, they helped. But after a while, they now make me feel worse. I’m talking about Klonopin. I’m chalking it up to a paradoxical reaction, but it’s disconcerting because it means I have no back-up med. Really weird.

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what has been the main issue youve been having with your psych? i like mine because i could come in there telling him i think im jesus and that i can fly and he would remain calm and be like oh it is ok that is just your anxiety we can fix that lol

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@njp1013

what has been the main issue youve been having with your psych? i like mine because i could come in there telling him i think im jesus and that i can fly and he would remain calm and be like oh it is ok that is just your anxiety we can fix that lol

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He’s a bit flippant at times. And it seems sometimes I know more about a med than he does. I’m going to a clinic. I can most likely get another psych. I’ll ask next time I go there.

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sounds good..definitely make sure you find one you are comfortable with, if you are going to therapy as well maybe ask your therapist to refer you to one that is how i found mine

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Going through the same thing with Xanax. Getting ready to taper off.

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@sears

Going through the same thing with Xanax. Getting ready to taper off.

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How much and for how long were you on it?

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I take Clonazepam to help me sleep. A cancer diagnosis and subsequent nephrectomy has me anxious and sleep became an issue. I don’t like the idea of taking the Clonazepam on a routine basis but it does make me sleepy and I need to sleep! I still tend to wake up at 3 am but I can usually get back to sleep. I have intrusive thoughts. It’s getting better. The shock of the cancer diagnosis is wearing off. I am just trying to deal with the task of living day to day with a cancer diagnosis. I know plenty of us are out there. I am nervous about my upcoming scans. I am trying not to let cancer control my life! It’s dictating my life to a great extent. Balance is important to have always but as a cancer patient I need it more than ever!

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@azkidney57

I take Clonazepam to help me sleep. A cancer diagnosis and subsequent nephrectomy has me anxious and sleep became an issue. I don’t like the idea of taking the Clonazepam on a routine basis but it does make me sleepy and I need to sleep! I still tend to wake up at 3 am but I can usually get back to sleep. I have intrusive thoughts. It’s getting better. The shock of the cancer diagnosis is wearing off. I am just trying to deal with the task of living day to day with a cancer diagnosis. I know plenty of us are out there. I am nervous about my upcoming scans. I am trying not to let cancer control my life! It’s dictating my life to a great extent. Balance is important to have always but as a cancer patient I need it more than ever!

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Sounds like it works for you. Great! I hope you beat your cancer…

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@azkidney57

I take Clonazepam to help me sleep. A cancer diagnosis and subsequent nephrectomy has me anxious and sleep became an issue. I don’t like the idea of taking the Clonazepam on a routine basis but it does make me sleepy and I need to sleep! I still tend to wake up at 3 am but I can usually get back to sleep. I have intrusive thoughts. It’s getting better. The shock of the cancer diagnosis is wearing off. I am just trying to deal with the task of living day to day with a cancer diagnosis. I know plenty of us are out there. I am nervous about my upcoming scans. I am trying not to let cancer control my life! It’s dictating my life to a great extent. Balance is important to have always but as a cancer patient I need it more than ever!

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Hi, @azkidney57 – I have personally never had a cancer diagnosis, but I understand it brings up anxiety on many levels. Are you still waking up at 3 a.m. despite the clonazepam? When are the scans you were feeling nervous about?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @azkidney57 – I have personally never had a cancer diagnosis, but I understand it brings up anxiety on many levels. Are you still waking up at 3 a.m. despite the clonazepam? When are the scans you were feeling nervous about?

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I had my MRI of abdomen and pelvis this afternoon. I was a little nervous. I have never had an MRI before. It felt confining. It took a long time but the tech prepared me well. I had contrast. The tech let me listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons which helped. What worries me is that they will find Mets. I have a CT of chest tomorrow. I will get results next week. I don’t feel ill. I actually feel OK except for fatigue and lowered energy level which I feel comes from having a solitary kidney. I take Clonazepam for sleep and yes I do wake up sometimes between 2-3 am but now I am able to go back to sleep. It’s been 5 months since I had the nephrectomy not a very long time. I get frustrated because I have always been very healthy and then they found a tumor! I am trying to adjust to my new life but this experienceis so very life changing! I just have to keep things in perspective and not let a cancer diagnosis govern my life!

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@doorman I guess this is the first time I've posted here. My first psychiatrist started me on Clonazepam at 1mg at bedtime, and a second one as needed. I rarely take a second one now, after 13 years of taking it. I tried tapering off it, but when I tried .75mg, I couldn't sleep, which is very unusual. I gave up after a week. My wife gets on my case about the number of meds I take, but Clonazepam is one she very much wants me to continue. Beside the anxiety, it also stopped my acting out my dreams by kicking and flailing, so I take it almost as much for her sake and safety as I do for my own benefit.

I did the 6 week trial of a bunch of antidepressants before landing on Wellbutrin. The one I had tried right before that was Effexor. It had no effect. But there's another discussion about the nightmare of tapering off Effexor. I'm glad I never had to deal with that one. Doing the 6 week trial of one antidepressant after another was no walk in the park. I gained ten pounds with one of them, because it made me crave food, especially sweets, all the time.

I don't think I'd want to take .5mg bid. I'd much rather take one at bedtime, though after all this time it doesn't make me groggy if I take a daytime pill.

One thing that concerns me is the possibility of serotonin syndrome. Beside the Clonazepam, I take Wellbutrin, Mirtazapine, Imipramine and morphine sulfate contin. With additive effects, I could probably get into trouble by taking too much of something. Same thing goes with the cns suppression. My doctors all have a list of my meds, and I'm sure they would see the red flag if it were to pop up.

Someone asked about Mirtazapine. A year or so ago I was feeling increasingly more depressed, and I talked with the psychiatrist about it. He prescribed Mirtazapine as an add on to the Wellbutrin. It has helped. Thank you, Lord, for all of my doctors.

Jim

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@jimhd

@doorman I guess this is the first time I've posted here. My first psychiatrist started me on Clonazepam at 1mg at bedtime, and a second one as needed. I rarely take a second one now, after 13 years of taking it. I tried tapering off it, but when I tried .75mg, I couldn't sleep, which is very unusual. I gave up after a week. My wife gets on my case about the number of meds I take, but Clonazepam is one she very much wants me to continue. Beside the anxiety, it also stopped my acting out my dreams by kicking and flailing, so I take it almost as much for her sake and safety as I do for my own benefit.

I did the 6 week trial of a bunch of antidepressants before landing on Wellbutrin. The one I had tried right before that was Effexor. It had no effect. But there's another discussion about the nightmare of tapering off Effexor. I'm glad I never had to deal with that one. Doing the 6 week trial of one antidepressant after another was no walk in the park. I gained ten pounds with one of them, because it made me crave food, especially sweets, all the time.

I don't think I'd want to take .5mg bid. I'd much rather take one at bedtime, though after all this time it doesn't make me groggy if I take a daytime pill.

One thing that concerns me is the possibility of serotonin syndrome. Beside the Clonazepam, I take Wellbutrin, Mirtazapine, Imipramine and morphine sulfate contin. With additive effects, I could probably get into trouble by taking too much of something. Same thing goes with the cns suppression. My doctors all have a list of my meds, and I'm sure they would see the red flag if it were to pop up.

Someone asked about Mirtazapine. A year or so ago I was feeling increasingly more depressed, and I talked with the psychiatrist about it. He prescribed Mirtazapine as an add on to the Wellbutrin. It has helped. Thank you, Lord, for all of my doctors.

Jim

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Wow….you’re really on a bunch of meds. Tell me….why the morphine?

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@azkidney57

I had my MRI of abdomen and pelvis this afternoon. I was a little nervous. I have never had an MRI before. It felt confining. It took a long time but the tech prepared me well. I had contrast. The tech let me listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons which helped. What worries me is that they will find Mets. I have a CT of chest tomorrow. I will get results next week. I don’t feel ill. I actually feel OK except for fatigue and lowered energy level which I feel comes from having a solitary kidney. I take Clonazepam for sleep and yes I do wake up sometimes between 2-3 am but now I am able to go back to sleep. It’s been 5 months since I had the nephrectomy not a very long time. I get frustrated because I have always been very healthy and then they found a tumor! I am trying to adjust to my new life but this experienceis so very life changing! I just have to keep things in perspective and not let a cancer diagnosis govern my life!

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I found out that I had a solitary kidney in 2006 during a PET scan prior to beginning chemotherapy for breast cancer. I was 58. Until I hit my 40s, I was active and relatively healthy. Then I started a new job and then a business which consumed every waking moment until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At 71, I have this that and the other in addition to all the fun stuff that seems to comes along with aging and being a stage IIIB cancer survivor. (13 years now!)
Living with a single kidney hasn’t been responsible for any of my deficits so far. I am careful to keep well hydrated and don’t drink alcohol. Those are the only things I do to keep my kidney as healthy as possible. So go for it! In addition to being active, I had 2 sons well before I knew I had only 1 kidney.
I think what I’m trying to say is that you can live quite normally with 1 kidney. All the best…

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@crystalgal

I found out that I had a solitary kidney in 2006 during a PET scan prior to beginning chemotherapy for breast cancer. I was 58. Until I hit my 40s, I was active and relatively healthy. Then I started a new job and then a business which consumed every waking moment until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At 71, I have this that and the other in addition to all the fun stuff that seems to comes along with aging and being a stage IIIB cancer survivor. (13 years now!)
Living with a single kidney hasn’t been responsible for any of my deficits so far. I am careful to keep well hydrated and don’t drink alcohol. Those are the only things I do to keep my kidney as healthy as possible. So go for it! In addition to being active, I had 2 sons well before I knew I had only 1 kidney.
I think what I’m trying to say is that you can live quite normally with 1 kidney. All the best…

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Amazing story Crystalgal thanks for sharing. I don’t drink alcohol much. I never was much of a drinker however now with one kidney I don’t want to abuse it! I am drinking more water which is my new drink of choice. Good for you for being a breast cancer survivor!

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@doorman

Wow….you’re really on a bunch of meds. Tell me….why the morphine?

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@doorman I take morphine for my peripheral neuropathy pain. It's becoming more and more of a hassle making the doctors believe that it really does help reduce the pain.

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@jimhd

@doorman I take morphine for my peripheral neuropathy pain. It's becoming more and more of a hassle making the doctors believe that it really does help reduce the pain.

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I know what you mean.

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