Klonopin

Posted by cdcc @cdcc, Aug 1, 2018

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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If you or anyone you know is taking a benzodiazapine medicine, this is a 'MUST SEE?HEAR'.
Pls! Please watch this to the very end! GOTO: https://youtu.be/Yh54uj6qH98

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@njp1013

@73years yes ive been with him a while and i know he is good. he said i can take as needed after today but im hoping that the as needed is not often and hopefully never as that will just prolong things..the klonopin was just meant to be short term to give me some relief while i wait for my effexor to kick in as my first 4 weeks on effexor with no benzo were hell. i know that for me i dont want it to be a long term solution. ive been on effexor for 7 weeks now so its probably as kicked in as its going to be so time to see how it goes i guess.

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good luck and good health. you sound like a wise woman/man. just take care.

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@daphnesioux

I have taken Klonopin for years too and it worked wonderfully. I recently moved to a new state and new doctor will not prescribe it. Stating that long term use can lead to dementia.

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@daphne5o58, i do not know what to say. i have been on klonopin for 20 yrs., terrified to try to get off it, after reading on all the googled 'benzo sites'. my doc says i am fine. but if you or anyone you know is taking a benzodiazapine medicine, this is a 'MUST SEE?HEAR', i think. Pls! Please watch this to the very end! GOTO: https://youtu.be/Yh54uj6qH98
maybe you could figure something else out. good. luck. good health. thinking of you.

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My dr mentioned the website http://www.deprescribing.org.
For patients and doctors interested in understanding the process of getting off medications. As in not prescribing something.
I hate doing research but so many on this forum seem to be really good at it. So I'm just posting it in case you guys wanna check it out.

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@georgette12

My dr mentioned the website http://www.deprescribing.org.
For patients and doctors interested in understanding the process of getting off medications. As in not prescribing something.
I hate doing research but so many on this forum seem to be really good at it. So I'm just posting it in case you guys wanna check it out.

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thx, georgeette12. for sharing. i absolutely want to see any / all. again, thanks!

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My step down did not go well. Started waking up early again and then the first day without any felt so horrible I restarted .5mg twice a day. Now just trying to get back to feeling as ok as I was. I see my psych on Wednesday. 😕setbacks suck.

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@njp1013

My step down did not go well. Started waking up early again and then the first day without any felt so horrible I restarted .5mg twice a day. Now just trying to get back to feeling as ok as I was. I see my psych on Wednesday. 😕setbacks suck.

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So sorry to hear.

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It’s ok. trial and error I guess. one setback doesn’t wipe out a month of progress. maybe what I learned is Klonopin helps me and I need to stick with it a little longer. Looking forward to talking with my psych on Wednesday and figuring this out.

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@njp1013

It’s ok. trial and error I guess. one setback doesn’t wipe out a month of progress. maybe what I learned is Klonopin helps me and I need to stick with it a little longer. Looking forward to talking with my psych on Wednesday and figuring this out.

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That sounds like a healthy perspective, @njp1013. Getting meds just right for anxiety and depression and tapering (and switching, if applies) can be a really rocky experience. I ended up in urgent care once over a taper that didn't go well and let to extreme anxiety.

How are you feeling today?

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Hi @lisalucier feeling a little better. I restarted the Klonopin and am sleeping a little better. More tired during the day but I will take that trade off. It is a rocky experience lots of ups and downs. Understanding and support helps a lot.

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@njp1013

Hi @lisalucier feeling a little better. I restarted the Klonopin and am sleeping a little better. More tired during the day but I will take that trade off. It is a rocky experience lots of ups and downs. Understanding and support helps a lot.

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Hope you’re doing better.

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@njp1013

Hi @lisalucier feeling a little better. I restarted the Klonopin and am sleeping a little better. More tired during the day but I will take that trade off. It is a rocky experience lots of ups and downs. Understanding and support helps a lot.

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@njp1013

I started taking Klonopin 16 years ago at 1mg at bedtime and a second one as needed. A few years ago I tried to taper off it, going down to .75mg. I couldn't sleep, so I went back to 1mg. I take it for anxiety, but a good secondary benefit is that it stopped me from acting out my dreams, kicking and flailing my arms. It's one medication that my wife doesn't want me to stop taking.

I don't have a problem with taking it at the low dose for the rest of my life. I don't know how people can take high dosages of Klonopin. I've heard that people take 15+mg. I think I'd be a zombie.

If your doctor has prescribed it for you, (s)he has a good reason to do so. I can't take Ativan because it makes my heart start racing, up to 180 bpm. I didn't like the way that felt. I hope that Klonopin helps you as it has me.

Jim

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