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Is klonapin (clonazapam) a medication that is considered standard or "normal" in treatment of anxiety?

I've been on depression meds for 16 years and suddenly came down with an anxiety disorder to top it off. I take pristiq for depression but suddenly had trouble waking up in the wee hours of the morning and not getting back to sleep, so my family doctor prescribed trazadone to take at night. Took that and it counteracted with the pristiq and the both pretty much cancelled eachother out making my depression worse and bringing on anxiety symptoms in the process. I'm still taking pristiq but the doc has tried me on everything from Lunesta, ambien, xanex, and now Klonapin to work with the sleep/anxiety issues. I worry about the Klonapin because I read that it was used to treat seizures. I don't have seizures but I worry that if at some point I go off that medication, it may cause me to have seizures. I know my family doc means well and is trying his best, but he's just a family practioner and I feel like I'm just being experimented on. I had a psychiatrist but because of an overwhelming work schedule and forgetfullness, I missed two appointments and now they have literally cut me off as a patient. I can't find anyone else in my insurance network taking new patients or able to see me in the evening as I work full time. I feel like I'm at a dead end and possible jeopardizing my job, and destroying my family relationships. Anyone out there got any words of encouragement?
Category: Medication 3 years ago
kpars6404
Asked 3 years ago

Klonopin has it's benefits but it should only be prescribed for very short term (2 weeks) and only in extreme need. This is only my opinion. I was prescribed Xanax (a benzo the same as klonopin) and became addicted and suffered extreme withdrawal symptoms and suffered for months. This is not to scare you, it's just to warn you that it is extremely addictive and can be extremely hard to discontinue. Klonopin also has a side effect of depression, it's a longer acting benzo, probably twice as long as xanax but the potency is about the same.
Jipped
Answered 3 years ago
Jipped

I've been on Klonopin for 4 years. 1mg tab nightly! They say its addictive but so far I've never needed my med upped but a few months ago i was going through hard times and asked my dr could i take a few extra in the month and I took 4 extra and thats it. But it does everyone different. All Klonopin does for me is slow my mind down while some say it makes them high. So as long as you stick to what your dr orders you should be ok.
Missy
Answered 3 years ago
Missy

you have to be careful with that drug because it is addictive, and it can cause seizures, it works on the similar part of the brain that alcohol does , so it's really bad if you combine the too. I was in treatment for other issues and they talked about that and how negative it can be I know people who have been addicted to it and it's hard getting off of it.
pinkgurl87
Answered 3 years ago
pinkgurl87

Klonopin saved my life literally. I had so much anxiety starting when I was in 6th grade. Of course being that age, I didn't even realize that it was anxiety. I thought I was just losing my mind. But I got prescribed Klonopin.. took it everyday for a few years and what a change! It works AMAZING! I'm now 25 and only take it maybe once a week if that and still works just as great.
Answered 3 years ago

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