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  1. Need insight

    @Kello2017, if you did take 14 pills of .5mg, that would add up to 7mg Klonopin. That's a fairly large dose, but IMO, not nearly enough to kill you, although it's entirely possible you could experience some extra sedation from it, perhaps the cause for the "longer nap" the next day. You said you filled the pills on Friday, noticed that the bottle looked to be short on pills, but didn't count them that day, partied Saturday night, but didn't actually notice that the 14 pills were missing until Tuesday. Unfortunately, since you didn't count the pills when you first got them, there's really no way for you to prove if Walgreens shorted you or not......I have heard of people being shorted maybe a few pills, but never 14 out of a prescription for 30...... The problem you're going to have, is running out of pills this month before you're allowed to fill again.....All you can do at this point is be honest with your doc and pharmacist about it , and see what happens. My advice would be to talk to them before you run out, and see if there's anything they can do.
  2. Medication daily

    Yes..........I've been taking 2mg Klonopin (clonazepam) every night for almost 5 years.
  3. Are you tapering your dose down gradually, or trying to go off cold turkey? Tapering is usually the best way to go, in my experience. Does your doc know you are trying to go off it?.....
  4. I tried lithium in the past as an add-on for treatment-resistant depression...(I don't have bipolar)...There are some cases I read about where lithium added to an anti-depressant makes the AD work better. Unfortunately, lithium didn't do much for me, so pdoc dropped it from my meds list.
  5. It never ends.

    @Rdsgr82, If your husband is being physically abusive, you need to leave now with your kids, or get him removed from your home by getting a protective order.....To get a protective order, you have to press charges against him for the abuse, go to court and tell them you are in fear for your safety, and the safety of your children. If you don't want to press charges, that's ok, but you need to leave ASAP with your kids.....If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for your children.....They deserve to feel safe, and so do you. Is there a safe place you can go with your children now, maybe a relative's or friend's house?...If you have no other place to go, check in your area now for battered women's shelters. Please don't wait--get away from him now.!!.....Sounds like he is escalating to me. I've been in your shoes before, and know all this through very sad experience...... Here is a link to the National Domestic Violence Hotline phone number--if you call them, they can help you find a safe place: http://www.thehotline.org/about-us/contact/
  6. Busbar and scared

    Is buspar the only med you're taking?......How much are you taking currently? The maximum dosage is 60mg per day, taken in divided doses....It does work for some people with anxiety, but you should probably give it a fair trial for at least 6 weeks to see if you improve. If you see no improvement in that time, I would suggest maybe talking to your doc about switching to, or adding, something else. I have anxiety disorders (GAD and OCD), and have tried buspar in the past, but it did not work well...I found it to be fairly weak (for me, personally). Also, have you ever taken a benzo drug ?......From what I've seen and read, buspar tends not to work as well for people who have already taken benzos.
  7. Yes........At one point in the past I took both of them together......I still take the Trazodone.
  8. Sonata?

    Ah, I forgot about Belsomra......It does work for some, but tends to be a little on the expensive side....Some insurances won't cover it, but if you have insurance you could call and check.
  9. Sonata?

    What was the highest dose of Trazodone that you tried?.....I take 200mg for sleep. According to what you said, about what you've tried, you haven't tried any low-dose atypical anti-psychotics (AAPs) for sleep, such as Seroquel....There are also other AAPs that some docs will give (in low doses) for sleep. If you don't want to try an anti-psychotic, the antidepressant Remeron (mirtazapine) might also be a decent choice to try--In general, it's more sedating at lower doses.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirtazapine Mirtazapine has also been used in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
  10. What is wrong with me!?

    Unfortunately, we can't really diagnose here.....Only a psychiatrist (MD) could diagnose you......Have you ever gotten a diagnosis from a psychiatrist when they offered you the meds?. If you absolutely don't want meds right now, I think it would be a good start for you, to find a good counselor that does only talk therapy.....You might have to call around and talk to some different ones to find one you like. You don't need to see a doctor (MD) for talk therapy.....You need either a good psychologist (PhD), or an experienced social worker (LCSW).. Through this therapy, you might be able to find out why you have these specific fears, and perhaps learn some methods to cope with them better...... By the way, welcome to Crazyboards....
  11. We didn't "Choose" to be like this!

    I agree @WinterRosie, people with MI do have choices...........I chose to seek treatment and help for my mental conditions, and am trying to deal with them the best I can.......... As of now, I am trying my best, with good support from pdoc and therapist.....But I still can't say I have control over over my MI, because I don't........But still, I am trying.
  12. We didn't "Choose" to be like this!

    I certainly didn't choose to have MI, and I don't believe anyone with MI chose to have it..... People who don't have MI often do not understand what we go through just to make it through the day. Some people without MI tell us to "snap out of it, be happy, don't worry so much"......I have had someone tell me that, and I told them, "If I could snap out of it, I would have already"......**SIGH** IMO, the main problem is, that many times, MI is an "invisible disease", and most people with MI look pretty normal on the outside, so people who don't have it, will just never get what it means to struggle every day with your brain and your emotions.
  13. Life expectancy

    I agree totally......For what it's worth, I have also seen numerous articles stating that even depression and anxiety can shorten lifespan, and I have both. Also, both of my parents died from cancer, and my father had a history of high blood pressure...Neither one of my parents smoked, and neither one was overweight, either.......Dad passed away at 67, but Mom made it to 80..... However, my grandmother on my dad's side smoked most of her adult life, but made it to 87 before she passed........So you just never know. All I can do is see pdoc regularly, get regular physicals, regular screenings for the cancers that can be detected early, and live and eat as healthy as I can.......By doing these things, I realize I'm doing all I can to live longer. So far, so good.
  14. Life expectancy

    I found a good article about this on medscape: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/807988 According to the article, the actual causes of shortened lifespan in folks with bipolar are, among others, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Influenza, pneumonia, and cancer were also listed as causes of shortened lifespan in bipolar patients....Unintentional injury and suicide were also mentioned. IMO, it sounds like you are leading a pretty healthy lifestyle, and seems to me that if you are able to avoid getting any of the above diseases, your chances for a normal lifespan would increase..... You are probably already doing this, but seeing your GP doctor regularly to screen for possible health conditions would also help.
  15. I agree 100%......Have you told your doctor about what you're going through?.......IMO, that's the place to start.