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Thu, Feb 7 10:43am · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@manno: Sorry to learn that you have been through some rough times. Anyway, good that a psychiatrist has seen you and prescribed another medication, and that you are already feeling much better. Take it easy in the coming days. I will pray for you. God bless you.

Wed, Feb 6 7:23am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

@mmussak: I am not sure if taking the article to your new doctor will help…doctors usually don't like to be told what to do. Some of them might even take offence at being shown literature. Gentle persuasion might work better, including the withdrawal effects that you are experiencing. Good luck.

Tue, Feb 5 3:03am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

@mmussak: Good to know that you found my post useful. As you said, you are not broken, so why fix you? Just your bad luck that your new doctor decided to taper, and that too at a very rapid pace. As I mentioned in my previous post, it may sometimes become difficult to taper benzos if you have taken them for a long time or if your illness is severe. Here is a link to an article on the topic by S M Stahl, one of the top psychiatrists in the US: I, too, tried to taper a few years ago, but gave up when the withdrawal became unbearable. Since then, I have reconciled myself to taking it for the rest of my life. You will have to find a doctor who has empathy and who respects your concerns. This is not always easy; you may have to change doctors till you find one who agrees to restore your previous dosage of Clonazepam. After all, your previous doctor was OK with it and prescribed it to you for 27 years. You could seek his help in finding another one who continues the same line of treatment. Finally, let me make it clear once again that I am not a supporter of taking benzos for the long term. But if it becomes inevitable, as explained above, so be it. Please keep us posted with your progress. Thanks.

Mon, Feb 4 12:17pm · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

@mmussak: Having gone through your and all the other posts, I would like to ask the same question that you posed yesterday: After 27 years and no problems why do you have to taper Clonazepam now, with all the terrible things happening to your body? I don't get it either. I am not a great admirer of Benzos, but these are legit drugs which have to be taken under certain circumstances, to alleviate a great deal of misery caused by intense anxiety. I take them myself, because I suffer from very severe and chronic anxiety and depression. These drugs should not be seen as inherently undesirable or evil; they serve a very important purpose [viz. to relieve anxiety], and are therefore prescribed much more frequently than antidepressants. If taken for a long period of time, it may not always be possible to taper them completely. The choice before you is to continue the taper with very unpredictable consequences and a great deal of suffering [and no guarantee of success], or to resume the dosage that you have taken for 27 years and lead a normal life. After all, don't people take medicines for depression, blood pressure, diabetes, or asthma [and many other chronic illnesses] for life? Anxiety is, similarly, a chronic illness, which may sometimes require medication for life, depending upon its severity etc. Please think about all these considerations and make up your mind soon. Do let me know what you think. God bless you.

Sun, Feb 3 11:32am · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@manno: Sorry, just saw your message so couldn't respond earlier. Good to learn you are feeling better at night. How is your sleep? Are you sleeping well at night? Do you feel Citalopram has helped? Good that you are with an anxiety support group and finding it helpful. Hopefully, you will feel better during the day too, in the coming days. Please keep us posted. God bless you.

Thu, Jan 17 11:21am · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@manno: Your anxiety needs to be controlled till the Citalopram starts working. Please talk to your doctor about prescribing an anti-anxiety drug on a short-term basis, so you don't feel anxious in the morning and sleep well at night. 1 mg of Ativan at night is not enough. Control of anxiety is very important and should not be neglected. You have suffered enough. In addition, perhaps your dose of Citalopram needs to be increased to 20 mg/day. Don't worry too much about the Benzodiazepines. They have an important role in controlling anxiety. Please keep posting updates on your progress. God bless you.

Wed, Jan 16 7:55am · Cipralex/escitalopram & clonazapam.. I’m scared. in Depression & Anxiety

@deewithanxiety: Maybe I can help you, because I have taken both Clonazepam and Escitalopram. Please let me know how you are feeling now and what medications are you presently taking, including their dosages. I need this information to make any suggestions. Regards.

Tue, Jan 15 9:32am · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@manno: I think the Citalopram prescribed by your doctor should definitely help. It may take up to two weeks to show results. Your doctor might adjust the dosage after a few weeks, if necessary. All the best. Do let us know if you feel better.