June 19th, 2010 04:02 AM #1Junior Member
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- May 2010
So I have developped moderate anxiety in the last month. For the first time. Had insomnia over it for weeks and the anxiety grew.
Saw a psychiatrist and he prescribed clonazepam to me saying it is a very mind dose (0.5 mg) and it should bring me back to normal in a week.
It did exactly that. I felt great, was sleeping again etc. So I stopped it when the week was over. Then my anxiety kicked in hard (harder than before) for 2 days. I was told by my pharmacist to take it again until I see my doc. So I took it - had another sleepless night, but felt a LITTLE less anxious.
My doc now gave me a MONTH prescription of 0.5mg to take when needed. SO I continued to find that my insomnia has still been the case.
The doc now is telling me to take 1mg (2 pills) a night. Did so - still didnt sleep well. Well, I passed out on my couch but then when I went to bed I was wide awake.
Decided to take melatonin to help out the sleep and it did! So now a week later Im on 1mg clonazepam and melatonin.
I really do not want to become addicted to this ****. I am trying all measures - taking long nature walks, breathing exercises, meditation twice a day etc. But the fact I go online (because Im an idiot) and read how benzos are so bad and addictive blah blah the anxiety kicks in again?
So I decided my plan was to cut down slowly per week. Take 1mg for another few days, then a pill and a half, then back to the 0.5 then 0.25 then done. Week by week. Can this work without heavy wd? And while I do my exercises ?
I need lots of advice from people with experience.
September 21st, 2010 08:15 PM #2Unregistered Guest
Re: Clonazepam. Addictive?
I have OCD and ADHD, I also suffer from panic attacks on occasion. I have never had a problem going on and off benzos or stimulants. I can take them daily then just stop for extended periods of time until I need them again. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for ssri's or snri's. I guess the mechanism of the reuptake inhibitor drugs is much different bc I have terrible wd's whenever I miss a dose or wean off. I'd actually prefer to take only my klonopin, Xanax, and stimulant without the antidepressant as the others address all of my symptoms and I don't have the funky side effects or dependence. I guess bc my body really needs them or something. Good luck to you. I know some ppl develop a dependence on benzos but I just wanted to tell you that I've never developed a dependence and I've used them off and on for the past several years. I hope you feel better soon. Take care.