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Klonopin Addiction and Treatment- K-pin

Klonopin Addiction and Treatment- K-pin drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

Years ago, it was common practice for individuals hoping to receive an artificial buzz to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. If that failed, one might utilize herbs that have been used for centuries, you know, alcohol, marijuana, and opiates.


However, with the advent of prescription drugs, there has been a new wave of drug use and consequently addiction. One such prescription drug is Klonopin which is a type of benzodiazepine. It is used as a very potent anticonvulsant, amnestic, and anxiolytic and muscle relaxant among other things. Klonopin is even used in cases of amphetamine overdose because it can reverse some of the adverse effects.


When Klonopin is used recreationally, it is usually utilized in conjunction with other prescription drugs. This is done to increase the pleasure resulting from the primary drug. It is also used to prevent some of the primary drugs negative side effects. Klonopin is commonly prescribed for:

  • Epilepsy
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid eye movement behavior disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Night terrors
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Schizophrenia

 


Who Becomes Addicted to Klonopin?

Prescription drugs have become very popular among high school students, usually in and upper and middle class homes. The individuals living in these areas/environments have easy access to said drugs because their parents tend to have decent health insurance and therefore are able to procure such drugs. In addition, though high schools may be screening for drug use, prescription drugs are not usually included in the battery of tests of drugs that are screened.


Klonipin or K-pin as it is called is harder to screen for than alcohol and sells on the street for two to five dollars per pill. Teenagers are also more likely to utilize said drug because it is harder to detect than alcohol. Klonopin use is compared to being drunk. The possibility of adverse effects of Klonopin however, is much greater than those associated with alcohol. When alcohol is used with Klonopin it has an especially dangerous effect.


The other group that is particularly susceptible to use of drugs like Klonopin is the elderly. The elderly population, which is defined as over the age of sixty five, consists of only thirteen percent of the United States population however, they make up one third of the individuals who are being prescribed pain medication.


Non-medical use of prescription medication makes up the second most common form of drug abuse for people over the age of fifty five. What may start out as treatment for backache has potential for turning into a huge problem. In fact, in 2004 there were more individuals reporting use of prescription drugs than the total of people using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants.


How dangerous is use of Klonopin?

If Klonopin is taken as prescribed, the inpidual should have no problem. The side effects that are associated with use of this drug are usually benign. Common side effects of Klonopin include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Impaired motor function
  • Impaired coordination and balance


Some of the less seen side effects of Klonopin use include the following: dis-inhibition, rage, excitement, irritability, impulsivity, excitement, irritability, and some users report hangover-like symptoms. This includes feeling drowsy, having headaches, and feeling sluggish and being irritable after waking up if the medication is taken right before sleep. This occurs because of Klonopin's long half-life which means that the medication itself stays in the person's bloodstream.


The real danger related to Klonopin comes when individuals either mix the drug with another substance such as alcohol. Use of alcohol and other depressants intensifies the general effects of the drug.


The other situation where Klonopin use is dangerous is when use of the drug is abruptly discontinued after long term use. Everyone who utilizes Klonopin long term becomes low dose dependent. Side effects of the drug itself are generally benign, but sudden withdrawal after long-term use can cause severe, even fatal, symptoms. Symptoms of klonopin withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Tremors
  • DT's (Delirium Tremens)

 


Can Klonopin Cause Long Term Damage?

Yes, not only can long term Klonopin use result in dependence it can also result in protracted withdrawal. This means withdrawal can last for months, years, or even a life time. This only occurs in ten to fifteen percent of cases, however, the risk is real. This results because of brain damage which is usually irreversible. Some symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tinnitus
  • Tingling and numbness in limbs
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Cramps
  • Weakness
  • Irritable bowel
  • Cognitive difficulties

 


How Are These Problems Prevented?

Use of these medications needs to be closely monitored by healthcare providers and in the case of teenage drug users, parents need to monitor the presence of these medications. A good way to do so would be to not leave medications available for all to see and utilize. If this is not closely monitored, Klonipin can lead to addiction and the need for treatment.



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Topic Discussion

  1. Addict

    I am 72 years old and have on .5 mg dosage of Klonopin for sleep for several years. Recently I visited my son and family in another state and while there, I was called by my son's supervisor and told that he (45) had disappeared. This created total havoc with my mind, and I am still dealing with it. Also, while here visiting my car was totaled. I am without any transportation, and will be until the insurance co settles my claim (the other drivers fault). My doctor in Mobile, AL called in one prescription for the generic, but since all of this was, and is still going on, I used that one up and then needed another prescription. After calling his nurse twice that week a leaving a voice mail each time, telling her what had happened here, and that I had one tabled left. No one called back to explain why my request had not been answered, nor that there would be severe withdrawal symptoms with this medication. His nurse had told the pharmacist that my request was declined. I have been seeing this doctor for nearly ten years so cannot understand why I wasn't warned. Maybe he could not ,by law, call a new one in, but someone should have called me and told me that, and that I would have to see a doctor here. I still have not heard back from them and am very upset about that. I feel it is very unethical.

    It took nearly two weeks to get a new patient appointment, and I was in sever straits by then from withdrawal, though I did not know what was wrong, on top everything else that had occurred. The new doctor explained to me what happens with sudden stoppage of the medication; that withdrawal could be severe, even with that very low dosage, and ... sometimes dangerous.

    I am angry at that doctor for not letting me know what would happen, stopping like that. And too, that I had already explained to his nurse what had happened with my son, and my car, and that I had no way to get back home for a new prescription. So yes, I am very angry!

    Thank you for 'listening' to me vent. (Wish I could say it helped, but am still really upset with them)

    • Addict

      I'm looking for a psychiatrist in Mobile AL that writes Xanax or Klonopin I'm from California and just moved here. I was prescribed Xanax for 10 years. Can I have the name of your psychiatrists please?

      Thanks, BamaGirl

  2. Addict

    Having had panic disorder most of my life with bouts of depression -I've used Klonopin for 5 years with only a slight increase in dosage.It took several trials to find the right anti-depressent which I use in very small dosages. I'm 72 and in good health physically , but have had a very stress filled 10 years and I'm thankful for these drugs as they make life tolerable. I consider myself as genetically disposed to such ailments , therefore as long as one is not using them for recreational drugs , I find then beneficial and will probably use them from now on. 1mg klonopin at bedtime , 25 mg Zoloft in the morning and I feel normal
    So proper use is important. Caffeine and refined sugar are worse drugs.

  3. Addict

    I think doctors should either stop prescribing it or stop babbling about how dangerous it is. It is a great pill for anxiety and if someone likes to use it, what's the problem? Just keep prescribing it instead of first prescribing and then stopping it when the patient seems to like it


    Withdrawal is a normal result. Just take a tiny amount smaller every week. What is the fuss about? That people like it? Of course they do. Anyone who suffers from anxiety loves it. So stop this silly talk about how dangerous it is. Or stop selling it whatsoever.

    • Addict

      I have been taking Clonazepam (off and on) since 2001, sometimes being off the drug for lengthy periods. I take .5 mg "as needed." It works well and I have no side effects from it. Now my doctor is ordering me to stop the Clonazepam use by suggesting I take a pill that causes nausea and vomiting! I have told him that I do not want to take a pill that will make me sick but he is warning against "addiction" to the Clonazepam. I have reminded him that I only take it as needed and often go days without any at all but he is determined to get me off it. As a result, I am going to another health care provider when I run out of it, but I live in a small town where all the doctors seem to be connected to the same hospital and I'm afraid that they will see my name on their computer and deny me a new prescription. I have ended up in two emergency rooms in the past with very bad anxiety and panic and the Clonazepam has stopped those attacks. I do not understand why diabetics can take insulin and other diseases are treated with strong drugs but when it comes to anxiety, it's "all in your head" and people think you can just calm down by steady breathing or thinking happy thoughts. One doctor even prescribed me an anti-psychotic drug for panic (!) and he was a psychiatrist and should have known better.

  4. Addict

    Hey that's really a great post and a wonderful description out here, I really like the way things are being executed and discussed here.

  5. Addict

    Hey, I am a 25 year old male and I started this medication both for anxiety and epilepsy. So far it's been my saving grace. It's stopped me from blacking out and doing the seizure thing i used to do, in combination with another medicine. But Yes, originally when starting the pill i was told it takes up to three weeks for the initial side effects to wear off, and yes there are some more permanent and irritating ones like eye pain sometimes at bright lights and soreness too. But overall, I am quite happy I'm not passing out and waking up with my face in my own blood because i nearly bit off my own tongue and dang near busted my head on something new in yet one more adventurous fall. I am glad this medicine is here and though it may not be for everyone, and i am sorry some of us struggle medically and personally with it as a drug, i personally couldn't be more thankful. None of the other epileptic pills worked. This drug saved me.

  6. Addict

    Klonopin has helped me through some difficult and tough times. I have PTSD and general anxiety and the drug helps me through situations that I use to feel I couldn't normally go through. I have been cutting down my doses from 2mg to .5mg over a 3 month time. The addiction is real and it's pretty rough to go cold turkey. The reason I'm coming off is because I feel I can overcome my anxiety now without the help of drugs.

    • Addict

      My son went to rehab for addiction to Loratab and Klonopin. Success. He later got back on Klonopin. If I had known how addictive it was and how dangerous it was when mixed with narcotics I would have never gone along with it. He found a second Dr. who gave him 60 pills and a new antidepressant. He was dead in 9 days.

      • Addict

        Post like this make me very angry. I am deeply sorry for your loss, but it was not from the Klonopin. People have tried to OD on Klonopin and taken a whole bottle and not died. Because of the way the drug works in your body, it's almost impossible to die from it. It was either a combination or possibly something you were not aware of.

  7. Addict

    Personally I think the drug is great I'm detoxing myself f off perks and it's the only thing that HELPS!

  8. Addict

    This is a bunch of bull shit my girlfriend is trying to detox from klonopin and they have nothing worth a shit for it and she is going thru pure hell doctors need to come up with some way to detox people before they start dyeing it can happen with this drug I am very ashamed of the medical society for causing these problems in her job she can't work or barely function and every one all worried about legalizing marry jane. You doctors are all in it for the money I hope you all end up down below take that and print it and come up with something to help the honest people get the help they need thank you and to hell with these money sucking doctors.

    P.S.
    I will never trust another doctor again I am now doc holiday for myself I know more about drugs than most doctors I have two back surgeries and the best thing for pain I have found an I have taken the best the docs have to offer an what works the best is good old organic weed or bud I'm done.

  9. Addict

    I am 33 years old and I have depression and anxiety. My psychiatrist prescribed me Klonopin and Zoloft. I take them both together a couple of hours before going to bed. I am feeling so much better. I don't have as much anxiety and I rarely feel depressed. I am just concerned about becoming addicted to Klonopin. I have tried to stop taking it but I can't sleep and I am up all night tossing and turning. I would like to stop taking both meds all together because I really want to have another baby and realize that I cannot take these meds while being pregnant.

  10. Addict

    Mine was just increased to 8mg a day from 3. On most days I am taking closer to 10-12. I have been on it for years, but my anxiety recently spiked. It is pretty much the only thing that keeps me going to work, but I have noticed more aggressiveness and worsening depression.

    I am starting to re think all my meds. They make things bearable, but fix nothing.

  11. Addict

    DO NOT take Klonopin if you were just prescribed it guys... I was only on it for 3 weeks... (Then quit cold turkey, DUMB move)... I feel like I have irreparable brain damage... My mental acuity was amazing the 2nd and 3rd day I was off it... then this OMINOUS "brain fog" set in... I can't think or feel ANYTHING! I'm terrified that this feeling will last forever... It's been three weeks and the protracted withdrawal symptoms only seem WORSE!

  12. Addict

    Pretty sure this medication is killing my brain. To be honest I wasn't taking a single medication for 3 years and then they started me on this. 3 months I was fine. After the three months paranoia set in. Constant intrusive thoughts of dying. Brain fog, lack of emotion, constant feeling of death. Dis-association, depersonalization, eye problems, vision disturbances, I can look at a corner of a room and watch the damn wall vibrate, permanent tinnitus, blurred vision,. So I decided to taper, second no the in and I'm constantly suicidal with brain fog. Wondering if I'm ever going to wake up. Who want to be on a medication that when you see your child you wonder if he's really yours or a fig ant of your imagination. By the way the only disorder I've ever been diagnose with is anxiety. But now I have an overabundance of it when I should be just fine dealing with my own thoughts. I have depression bad I lay in bed and do nothing all day. I'm hoping I do not take month sorry year story me off the Klonopin withdrawal. The second I take my last pill the rest of the bottle goes into the toilet. I will never take this medication again. I am 22 year old and I feel like I have dementia or schizophrenia or will develop it because of this medication. It sent me to a mental institute when I was 14 I don't know why I ever took it again, because it's trying to send me there again. But I won't let it. I'm fronted the drug and I will one out of this OK. 3 weeks left on it. And then my lady is done forever with Klonopin. I've lost a year of my life from lying I my brain on this brain eat in medication. All my Mr is show just fine. All my tests come back negative for any eye disorder software r cognitive disorders at all, yet I can't shake the feel in that I'm going to die soon or that I will not remember who I am in the morning. Thank you kKonopin. People, you can per yourself, but it is hard.

  13. Addict

    Klonopin (clonazepam) a potent anxiolytic is the Devil. I was prescribed this medication as an anti-depressant after my mother died. The prescriber was a psychiatrist where I worked. I was made to see him and a grief counselor by the nursing management. It is insidious in nature, in that you do not recognize what havoc it wrecks on you professionally, personally, spiritually. Essentially every aspect of your life. The relief this drug produces is not enough to warrant its use. The concomitant depersonalization, and subsequent apathy that occurs is phenomenal. What I used to enjoy in life no longer interests me. I no longer play the piano, read as much, write, or enjoy any other simple pleasures. The brakes are off when it comes to impulse control. Sending spree's, conduct you normally wouldn't tolerate in yourself, and dangerous behaviors. If anything, this drug should only be used for a period of just several days. I have been in hospital as a patient to withdraw off of this medication. The withdrawal syndrome is horrific but necessary if I am to incur any semblance of normal life ( whatever that may be). My prayer is that I come through this with flying colors and have no permanent brain damage, as has been suggested. It is also my prayer that my testimony reaches others before they are "hooked" and/or be supportive of the unfortunate who have and are addicted to this lethal medication. My it be a WARNING sign to prescribing member of the profession, to avoid this medication at all costs. Sincerely.

  14. Addict

    I echo most everyone else's sentiments regarding this awful drug. I'm 33 and have been on Klonopin for 15-16 years now, and while at first this medicine made me feel like I'd found a miracle drug for my anxiety. Now sometimes I wonder if it's sucked out my spirit. It's been so long since I've felt truly alive, to have motivation, get excited or interested in so many things. I also tried to detox from it a couple of times in the hospital. Possible the most difficult time I've ever had. I felt my skin crawl, muscles twitched, feelings of doom, panic and impending death and just horrible nightmares (when I could actually sleep!).

    I strongly suggest finding more holistic, natural remedies in treatment of anxiety. Klonopin's a nightmare.

  15. Addict

    My name is Jerry I've been taking Klonopin and Xanax off and on for 3 or 4 years now I also take methadone 120mg a day I can't believe how strong Klonopin is I'm amazed how strong that little pill is I have tried detoxing off of it but I have not been successful I thought as strong as my pain meds were nothing would overtake it but this anxiety drug did I'm at my wits end I can't break the cycle it has me wiped just like the last post I read on here that guy couldn't under-stand why Drs. do not have some-thing to curb this terrible drug I hate it my pain management doc don't want me on the stuff and I know why now, I mean I have kicked nearly everything out there but this pill is winning the battle I don't know what to do next I surely don't want to die from a anxiety pill I hope to turn 57 next year but I don't know.

    • Addict

      Jerry

      After reading several other posts and then yours, I had to stop and answer. I am a 55 yr. old female. I have been on Klonipin for 7 years. Now, I feel like I have brain damage. I cry all of the time. I can only sleep when I take the drug. I feel dissociated, depersonalized, suicidal..crazy. I am supposed to go to sal army harbor light in 2 days for detox. I am terrified. I feel sure I won't survive it. I don't feel I have the mental or emotional wherewithal to survive it. I feel I need to be in a mental hospital. Suicide seems only minutes away. I pray, ask others for prayer...but it won't repair the damage I have done to my brain with this drug. I take 2 mg a day. I feel like my brain is mush and I haven't even gotten to detox yet. I am homeless and at my 24 yr. old daughter's house. It's obvious she can't wait to get rid of me. I must be driving her crazy because I think I am crazy. I can't go to a 'good' detox or rehab or hospital because I have no money or insurance. I'm not ready to die but feel I already have in so many ways.

      I don't know what to do. I have no choice but to go to this poor folks detox. I am allergic to Phenobarbital. I am afraid the 'medical staff' will want to use some kind of anticonvulsant and not want to taper me down using the Klonipin or Ativan. I don't think I am going to live thru this. I am terrified and have no one to talk to.

      I also take methadone, but haven't had any for 3 days. I know this withdrawal is mild compared to what the kpin detox will be like. I need someone to talk to so badly. My daughter thinks I should just 'snap out of it' and quit complaining. I don't know what to do. Should I take my own life now before the Klonipin and/or withdrawal kills me?

  16. Addict

    I am 28 years old and I've been taking Klonopin for almost three years. Before being prescribed I had suffered from an opiate pill addiction as I was self-medicating my what I didn't know at the time was panic disorder and GA. I had got myself off using pills by buying Suboxone off the street, which I took daily. However my anxiety and panic was still at its worse. In attempt to find a doctor and try to treat my anxiety I would lie and say I wasn't taking any kind of drugs although I took Suboxone every day. I got sick of lying I called a mental health and substance abuse clinic. Seemed logical I had a substance abuse problem due to my mental health. I am now addicted to both prescribed suboxone and klonopin. Which I know now are only supposed to be used for a short period of time with treatment. My first doctor I loved so much he actually listened to me and was actually concerned about my well-being. He left the clinic because he had moved far away was referred to a young woman who treated me like a lab rat and tested all kinds of meds on me to the point I begged her not to and asked to be weaned off all meds. I was beginning my taper when she gave me the news she was going to another facility because the patients were to healthy there. I've never heard a "doctor say such things until my now doctor. First time ever seeing him he told me I cannot take these meds together I'm going to lose his license. Compared my one and a half Suboxone and .5 3 times daily of Klonopin to the death of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Saying he wasn't going to be the doctor on the news for killing me. This kicked my anxiety into high gear a nepdoc already scared to talk to tell my story all over yet again lets me get no words of my life in . I balled my eyes out I'm always for whatever the pdoc thinks is best and he may be right now that I've researched what the long term damage can do to your body and brain. But he took me down one .5 mgs a day only one pill! I couldn't do it I have run short and have been without until my next script, a couple weeks. If anyone knows what opiate withdrawal feels like it almost just as bad. In desperation I have been taking a couple Ativan a day to take off some of the symptoms it helps with sleeping and let's say stomach issues some rebound anxiety not all I'm very depressed, cry every day. I'm foggy. This morning feels like it was yesterday if I'm not working I'm in bed. I have nothing to smile about. I have zero energy. Not even motivation to shower. Everyone has noticed this drastic change in me even at work. But I don't want to tell me manager my personal business I don't want him to think I'm unable to do my job as I work with the public. It's a nightmare. I'm going to get my script and taper off slowly. It's the only way. After not having my meds for almost 2 weeks I'm sure I'll be able to take the 2 instead of three after knowing what it's like with nothing. But I do want to get off this medication. I will find a new way to deal with my anxiety anything but medication. Especially Benzos. Just don't take them. I thought it was a miracle drug in the beginning but there is no such thing. It eventually stops working and you need more and more it's a vicious cycle. I have a long way to go but I'll get there. My life hopefully isn't changed forever.

  17. Addict

    I have been taking Klonapin for almost 3 years now going on 2013. However, just about a month ago I wasn't able to refill my prescription due to it being a Thursday and the pharmacy needing 48 hours to Refill. Meaning with the pharmacy being closed on Sundays I couldn't get my anxiety and night terror medication until approximately Monday. Because I only take them as needed (one before Bed daily), I assumed I would be ok for a few days. Boy was I wrong! Suddenly on That Sunday I woke up crying, it was as if my life felt over. I was considering suicide, felt as if I were a burden in everyone's life, and couldn’t stop thinking about my sudden unemployment situation and school loans due. I was a mess! Someone who cared deeply for me had happened to call right then that moment when I was planning my death and somehow knew something was wrong. My Mother was called and ended up at my home, letting her in our concern and seeing me in scrambles. I told her something wasn't right in my head. I felt like I needed to be committed or something. And I'm generally a very happy person. She took me to the ER where they admitted me immediately. When the nurse asked me of any prescriptions I may take, and I explained in detail that I only take .5 of klonapin before bed. He asked when the last I took it was, I explained my situation and that it had only been 3days. His eyes BECAME HUGE! He then says "You do know what's happening to you right?" as I trembled crying and sobbing with an arrhythmic heart, dangerously high BP, and a 105 Degree temp. He explained the body doesn’t take well to stopping the Klonapin. Even as little as .5 " before bed as needed". He let me know that body builds up a chemical dependency after 3-4 months. WHAT? So now I want to stop but am terrified of the outcome. I never knew about these side effects and never experienced anything negative prior to this incident. My MD continued my Rx for anxiety only to help as needed, but gave me a sleeping pill in the same family Called Temazepam. I didn't refill this new one because I'm horrified of a totally new dependence by body may end up having in the case that I can't get my refill on time. The ER also said they felt I suffered from clinical depression which does run in my family. I hide it well by my perkiness, however because my MD was given my discharge papers; he also prescribes me an antidepressant he feels will help in the "Long run over time" called Citalopram/Celexa. I've just turned 30 this August 2nd 2012 and I'm worried that all these medications are going to make me WORSE! I want to bare children and have a baby and start a family of my own someday soon. Will these medications affect me in every aspect of my life? Any suggestions or positive advice is greatly appreciated.

  18. Addict

    My son took Klonopin for anxiety for four years and abused it along with Ritalin. He started drinking alcohol on it, and his doctor refuses to prescribe him it. He went to jail for 60 days and had to go through withdrawal in there. He has been off it for five and a half months now but he wants to get i t as he says it is the only thing that helps his anxiety. I told him I will not help him with getting such a horribly addicting drug, but he should see his doctor for something milder, less addicting. He says nothing will help him but the Klonopin. He sleeps all day till 6 at night then plays computer games all night, hardly leaves the house and says he feels like he cannot live without Klonopin. Is he still maybe withdrawing? I am his Mother and feel there is no help for me in dealing with this. He turns 25 tomorrow and cannot work as he says his anxiety is too much to talk to people.

    • Addict

      He was not on it that long but I would wonder what dose was he on? He is correct there has not been created any drug that works on anxiety as well as clonazepam. I know I do get long term withdrawal from being taken off it but I have been on it 20 years. I know the world was a night mare when they took me off it and I had terrible withdrawals and sleep issues for months and months until I got a new doctor and told him what happened and he fixed it. He probably needs to be tried on the other meds first before settling on this one. I would say if the SSRI's are a problem which they probably are, then tegretol or depakote is just a suggestion. He may or may not have long term withdrawal but the fact he is so young means many young people are afraid to work and he is not alone with that. He needs another medication evaluation with all the medical records you can find and see if he is really in long term withdrawal, I kind of doubt it though.

  19. Addict

    I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 32. I am now 55. I am having a lot of anxiety after Lexapro medication stopped working for my depression. Was placed on Lamictal to take its place, and I had terrible reactions to that medication within a week! So, had to wean off of it, slowly... this took about a month. Than was put on "Savella" which is not really used to treat anxiety and depression, but does hit the same receptors that anti-depressants use. It worked for about a month, and then started having anxiety; which brought on heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, nausea and lack of appetite. Said all of that to let you know that I have been on Klonapin (generic is clonazepam) since then. The only time I was off it was when I was pregnant with our last child at age 39. This child ended up with social anxiety and is on Zoloft at a low dose, through our medical doctor. (I will be getting a specialist for this child, also). I am going to be going to a psychiatrist that my primary care physician has recommended, next month (March, 2013), which was the earliest they could see me, in order to help me get the correct meds for my illness. I will keep all posted-once I've been seen and receive treatment. In the meantime, I am still on 1MG. Clonazepam, and have been told NOT to discontinue use until seen by the psychiatrist. I am looking forward to relief, soon :)

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    I already went through detox and then came home and withdrawals continued for months, I was on clonazepam for 20 years for PTSD, panic attacks and anxiety. It helped a lot for all these years and I have even reduced the dose. Then the psychiatrist decided I could not be on it anymore and I agreed to do the detox but I could no longer care for myself once I got home and I live alone, I was in long term withdrawal. I have been told by the doctors, 10 different ones that I should never go off the medication. Now the state I live in has passed a law that no mental health facility will accept any patient on clonazepam and so recently in a severe depressive crisis, I was denied treatment and became suicidal due to this arbitrary state law. I was not abusing the drug and took it per my prescription. I am currently being denied mental health treatment in my state unless I put myself in perpetual withdrawal from clonazepam, they dropped the dose but now I am half as functional and much more depressed. In 20 years they did try every single other medication option for the Anxiety disorders and all caused severe side effects that were not possible to live with, until this medication was settled on years ago. I believe us older persons that have been on it for a long time should NOT be forced by the state to arbitrarily go off the drug because of denial of treatment. This just happened with Fairfax Hospital in Washington State, then I find out it was even worse for them because they are not mostly a psychiatric facility as I was told that treats depression, and other mental health problems, they are a detox for drugs unit and the doctor trying to get me to go there did not tell me that. Needless to say I am still stuck in severe drug resistant depression and unable to get help because of my states huge mistake. How many others are being denied any treatment based on arbitrary choices and not personal medical care decisions? They just flat refused any person on a prescription of clonazepam cannot use any psychiatric facility in my state unless they can afford a private one. This is wrong. I will have to live with no depression help because of this. I am unique in the fact I have severe side effects to SSRI's, major tranquilizers, not to mention the horrors of lithium, trycyclics and the totally useless drug buspar. They have not developed any drug to replace this drug and yet they want it removed, for those that cannot tolerate SSRI's there are no other treatments.

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    Hi I'm 61 yrs. old been on Klonopin 5yrs 3mg at bedtime for sleep trying to get off this is bad stuff been cutting by half each week down to .5mg but have hard withdrawal burning tongue, skin, eyes like acid and twitching. Will this get better and am I on the right track having real hard time? Stay away from this drug please.

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    I am taking Klonopin 1.5 mg a day and it has been a godsend. I know it's hard to get off of because I tried one time on my own and the effects were very unpleasant. Yet when I weigh the pros and cons, I would rather be on it because it makes my life so much better. It definitely takes the edge off, and I'm no longer shaky and on edge and irritable all the time. It makes me feel calm. My doctor plans to keep me on it from now on, and he said if I ever needed to get off it for some reason, he would taper me off very slowly. Even with the knowledge that going off of it is very unpleasant; I for one would recommend this drug. I know everyone is different, but for me, it definitely made my life better.

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    I have been on Klonopin for 24 years , At first this was a Wonder Drug , I was up has High has 8mg a Day , Then this Drug turned on me , I went into a Detox several Times to get help , I was Abruptly Taken off this Drug 11 Months ago , My anxiety is so Bad now , I can Barely leave my House , I suffer Panic Attacks Daily , Which use to only happen in the Morning , Now has Become a all day Long.
    I am 56 Years old , And I am Like a 3 year old , Mentally and Physically , I also have a Thyroid Problem , " "Graves Disease", I had to Re-instate the Klonopin to 4mg , But this is not enough for me , I have no Clue How to Get off this Drug and Lead a Normal Life , Please Stay Clear of this Drug.

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