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Has anyone taken this medication. My med nurse wants to take me off Ativan and use Klonopin. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you
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@njp1013– I've never taken effexor, so I can't speak to that, but I've been on 1 mg of klonopin/clonazepam for well over 20 years.
I've never felt the need to increase the dose, but more recently have been being asked my pcp to consider getting off this drug.
I think many Drs. are under pressure with the opioid epidemic to also try to get stricter with benzo's as well. It's clear to him that I have not abused the drug so its just a point of conversation right now.
I've mentioned in past posts that klonopin I believe gave me back my life. I was going down this path of numerous panic attacks which caused me to start crossing off everyday things (driving on freeways, over bridges, flying to visit kids, vacations, etc.) that I could no longer consider.
I was able to do all these things again (in a few cases it took 1 1/2 years) but I'm doing them again!
There has been much conversation of this site about getting off benzo's for a variety of reasons and I just don't feel that for me that is necessary.
I admit that I have concerns about it more because for so many getting off didn't go well whether it was no real taper or going cold turkey and then trying to go back went even worst. I'm just not at a point to sacrifice the risk of loosing all that I have gained back.
I feel great and when I forget taking my dose it's more of a feeling like I skipped coffee for the day.
I have shared my story in several different forums as well as one on one and I feel that I've helped people who were experiencing the delibertating effects of anxiety and panic attacks. My Physiatrist many years ago told me this and as simple of a statement it is it just made sense to me.
Just as a car needs certain fluids to run correctly our own system in many ways is similiar. For some reason your body is not producing the necessary chemicals to offset your experiences and taking klonopin will even things out and allow you to take back those fears. Well that has been my experience and I will will always be thankful for his advise. Jim@thankful
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@lisalucier hi lisa thank you. oh gosh ive read so much on both sides of the issue..too much actually…there are those who have been on these drugs for years and say they have saved their lives and those who say its the worst thing theyve ever done…they were showing a lisa ling cnn special on benzos like all weekend, i watched it for like 30 seconds and thank god my wife heard me watching it and made me change the channel, saved me from going down the rabbit hole..for me i know in the last week since ive started taking it i havent woken up dry heaving once, have slept 7-8 hours pretty much every night instead of 4-5 (although i do get tired really early), and while still feeling a little down and tearful have not really felt the need to break down crying..i guess it is just hurtful to me that something that has helped me has so many people who are detractors and say it is bad.
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hi jim @thankful thank you so much for your post. i hope that it helps me as much as it has helped you, even to just get me over this rough patch. i am going to take it until my next appt on oct 30 and see how it works for me…my hope is that by then my increased dose of effexor will have kicked in to the point where i can start cycling down on the klonopin but we'll see..in the meantime hearing your story is very helpful, thank you.
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Just a quick question…..did you not find that you reached tolerance on Klonopin after a while? I found that the drug very quickly needed to be upped in dose after a few weeks in order to get the same effects. That you were able to get relief on a 1 mg. dose for 20 yrs.!!! Wow, good for you! I think this may be the difference between good responders and bad responders on the med. I wish I knew how it would go long term……sigh. I wish I could just take a pill and make it better. Sadly, it’s not in the cards for me.
njp1013- Hang in there and stay in touch. Glad that I could offer some words of encouragement! Jim@thankful
@doorman– I believe I started with a half of mg. initially and was bumped up to 1 mg. within the 1st year.
You may be right about the responders. It seemed to take a month or more before I could really realze the differences which was a huge relief!
I've never had the urge to increase from 1 mg. I still bring along an extra half in a plastic bag when I travel especially on airplanes. It seems knowing I have some extra with me helps any anxiety and I can't ever remember needing to take it. Jim@thankful
lol….I do the same thing. That is, carry around some Xanax or Klonopin……just in case….
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i would imagine its always good to have it as an insurance policy just in case 🙂
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i have been taking klonopin for 20 years. i seem fine. no side effects. however, it is a controlled med. it is stong. you can read pdr at pharmacy. supposedly many possible long gterm effects. i have been trying to get off for years, but i have anxirty when i do not take it. good luck to you. meds are not toys. be watchful and careful. i wish you best for your wellness.
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njp1013- I think for me just knowing I have it with me puts me at ease! It works and thats what is important to me. Jim@thankful
The reason is because upon awaking in the morning my anxiety is so bad I don’t want to get up. She says klonopin lasts longer then Ativan. Although I only take the Ativan in the morning and Seroquel at bedtime which to me does nothing.
What you are experiencing in the morning is ativan withdrawal, not your normal anxiety. Klonopin is a longer acting benzo but very very hard to come off of. I know my father ended up in the ICU from Klonopin withdrawal. So just know that once you go on it long term it is very hard to get off a benzo. Also, because of the short half life of Ativan you begin withdrawal about 4 to 6 hour after taking it.
I have gone through Ativan withdrawal. I am 6 months out after going cold turkey. I do not advise going cold turkey if you do decide to go off the Ativan.
Hi, @73years – thanks for sharing your experiences on Clonazepam (Klonopin). Nice that you have not had side effects.
I have experienced some anxiety, as well, and have generalized anxiety disorder. Fluoxetine (Prozac) has been added to my usual buproprion (Wellbutrin) when my anxiety has gotten hard to manage, usually for a season.
If you are comfortable sharing, what is your diagnosis for which you are taking this medication?
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anxiety i watched the benzo crisis below. i must get off klonopin. does mayo clinic have any protocals?
There are protocols. But the very first thing you need to do is go to your doctor and tell him or her that you want off. If your doctor will not help you, find another that will. Also, get a psychologist and go to group sessions for support.
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