My clonazepam story: More regulation seems to be coming
Serious auto accident 18 years ago. Operated on for a double subdural hematoma. Started experiencing extreme myoclonus a few months later. Put on clonazepam 1 mg/day to control it. C worked very well. Never had to increase dose. Still on 1 mg/day today and very happy with the results. No myoclonus.
Physician I have been with these last 18 years now is starting to increase visits. When all this started it was once every 6 months, then a few years ago increased to once every 4 months, then 3 months, now a year later he just told me he has to do it every 2 months. I can see the writing on the wall. Pretty soon it will be once every month. It’s grueling to go to an appointment, usually takes 2.5 hours to get through the whole thing just for a 10 minute “What’s new?” friendly chat and then the prescription. It’s private pay so this is going to cost quite a bit if I have to do once a month, not to mention the 20 minute drive and $10 parking.
Long story short, hopefully. I’m very happy with the status quo. I have no side effects. Haven’t had any to increase the dose. I’m 69 and what’s my life expectancy, 8 years?? I’d be very happy to just stay on the C until I die of natural causes presumably around 78 according to life expectancy actuarials. It’s the DEA that’s upsetting the applecart with this witch hunt they’re starting on benzos after having decimated hundreds of thousands of CPP’s lives with their opiate crackdown by intimating doctors with prison and loss of their license. My pharmacist suggested my doctor is probably trying to ease me out his door to get rid of me. I tend to agree. But going to a new doctor is going to be very difficult with the climate against benzos now. Channel 4 Evening News is already labeling benzos, “The Next Opiate Crisis?” in a series of reports.
I’m in California and the laws are not too strict here, but is the DEA going to start forcing doctors to get their patients off benzos now like they did with the painkillers? What about people who need this medication because of TBI (traumatic brain injury)? is there anybody else out there who is thriving on the benzos but is being pressured by their doctors to either taper or leave? I would like some guidance on how to weather this storm.
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Life is just to darn complicated. Sounds like a bit of a mess. What to do???CDB helps with anxiety in my case, though I rarely take it. Wonder if I can take it after the vaccine. Too calm the fear.
What the heck is dental freezing?😬
@sears Oh! Well its the medication they inject into your gums before drilling or extracting a tooth. Quite often it is Lidocaine and epinephrine…. am just searching it all as this combination was used months ago when I had stitch put in hand at emerge and after couple of hours sleep woke up to body shaking…… now am going to have to find out if five recent dental fillings and an extraction,… what they used to freeze mouth as started to have internal shaking… ugh, hours spent on on this so far and not feeling well ad am a little bit scared of what I will find! J.
LOL! Here in the Midwest we just call it “numbing your mouth”.
I was told by past drs that they’re weaning me the clonazepam. I was very happy about that. I told them it’s the only thing that helps my anxiety. I’ve been told so many different stories from different drs about the kind of med it is that I’ve got to where I let it go in one ear and out the other bcuz I don’t know what to believe anymore. Recently I was told that the state of Oregon is advising all drs to take their patients/clients off clonazepam. It really confused me. I was told they were coming out with another med. if the drs would’ve told me this to begin with then I would’ve kept my mouth shut about talking them into keeping me on it.
I meant to say that I wasn’t very happy about the idea of the drs weaning me off the clonazepam