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Ok, I know that since I was formerly drinking myself to death, that the docs have got to be careful, but they want me to take a half a meg twice a day. popping .5 Klonopin does about diddly squat for my anxiety and panic attacks.  I don't want to over medicate myself, and I don't need an addiction but this doesage isn't stopping me from freaking out on a daily basis and every few weeks doing some serious self injury. The ER docs know me too well these days. Just curious as to what others are on for panic. I really don't want to spend the rest of my wretched life on the panic attack roller coaster.

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Are you taking Klonopin or clonazepam?

I was taking up to 2 mg./day of clonazepam until switching to the real deal. Now I only take 0.5 mg. day. There is a potency difference between clonazepam and Klonopin. I buy name brand meds after I found out about this.

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There is? FIrst I heard of it.

I take (currently) .5 mg clonazepam twice a day (plus 150 mg Trileptal once a day), and it keeps me from panic attacks, though I wish my anxiety were a little lower. But I wish the things *making me anxious* were less, not that I would irrationally not be anxious about them.

I was on 1.5mg a day for a few years, and that meant much less anxiety (except for those times I'd miss a dose and start getting all wound up). Eventually changes in pdocs resulted in a crazy uninformed asshole who advised me to stop cold-turkey (NEVER DO THIS) and insisted he would not even maintain me at the level I'd been at, because (in his idiot opinion) you should never give benzos to people with history of drug and alcohol addiction. I pointed out to him that the two longest periods of sobriety I'd ever had were the two periods of my life I'd been on Klonopin, and indeed that since I'd gone off of it I felt UNABLE to prevent myself from picking up a six-pack, as the anxiety threatened to overtake me completely. I've since learned a lot more about the drug, its relation to GABA and alcohol, and I believe that that doctor was criminally negligent (stopping without tapering can cause seizures) and that the idea of not giving someone Klonopin because of addiction issues is half-baked.

That said, if you find yourself compelled to take it more than prescribed, that's a warning sign. I've never had this urge in several years taking it, and I'm much more afraid of alcohol than I am of clonazepam.

If you're still having panic attacks, do a little research to back up the things I'm saying, write them down (or even provide printouts or URLs), and explain them to your pdoc. If he or she disagrees, fire the bastard and find one willing to listen to reason. However, be wary of the drug making you too comfortable. Anxiety is there for a reason. Sometimes it's overprimed from past experience or trauma, and the reason then is that you need to deal with that past experience through cognitive work or taking it out or whatever. Other times the reason is that you really need to change current circumstances and you know at some level that you're avoiding doing anything about it. Try to find the right balance with meds where you can function and focus and be positive and not overwhelmed, but where you still feel motivated to change things for the better.

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  Are you taking Klonopin or clonazepam?

I was taking up to 2 mg./day of clonazepam until switching to the real deal. Now I only take 0.5 mg. day. There is a potency difference between clonazepam and Klonopin. I buy name brand meds after I found out about this.

I never knew that either...I thought the two were the same.  I'll have to ask my pharmacist now.

Anyway, I take one 1mg clonazepam twice a day.  Seems to work, but I wish I had that extra one that I used to be on.

Elizabeth

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I'm skeptical about the potency difference. Gonna ask my pharmacist too.

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i take 3mg clonopazem a day, one when i wake up, one a lunch/dinner, one at bed.

tehre's a difference?  gonna have to ask my pdoc about that too >>

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For all you skeptics out there-

http://www.crazymeds.us/BvsG.html

I totally agree w/ Mr. Poore in this respect. How do you know if there is a difference until you try both?

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Thank you.

But I know my doctor will never write me a script for the brand name.  I'm glad you posted that.  I wasn't skeptic, just curious.

Elizabeth

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2mg three times a day.  Awesome.

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0.5 mg as needed - generic.

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i used to take 3.5 mg clonazapam/day plus 10mg diazapam/night. it worked well but i felt the ups and downs and mild side effects of the clonazapam.

now i'm on 30mg diazapam/day. much smoother, less foggy, less drymouth.

this is clearly NOT an equivalency based on the charts -- it appears i'm taking "less meds" but getting better coverage. whether it's because i was on the generic and/or other reasons, i don't know.

in any case there's my answer and then some (sorry).    aloha.

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Thanks for the replies. I'm trying to convince my benzo shy doc to at least give me a dose that works. I'm sick of ALWAYS being on the edge of a panic attack and living with constant anxiety.

Interesting info on the difference between Klono and Clonazepam. Thank you Sun Zoom Spark

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i used to take 3.5 mg clonazapam/day plus 10mg diazapam/night.

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StrungOutOnLife -- though i'm not up to much scientific intake these days, thank you for this interesting bookmark. aloha :)

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StrungOutOnLife -- though i'm not up to much scientific intake these days, thank you for this interesting bookmark. aloha ;)

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You're welcome.

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Ok, I know that since I was formerly drinking myself to death, that the docs have got to be careful, but they want me to take a half a meg twice a day. popping .5 Klonopin does about diddly squat for my anxiety and panic attacks. I don't want to over medicate myself, and I don't need an addiction but this doesage isn't stopping me from freaking out on a daily basis and every few weeks doing some serious self injury. The ER docs know me too well these days. Just curious as to what others are on for panic. I really don't want to spend the rest of my wretched life on the panic attack roller coaster.

Ok, I know that since I was formerly drinking myself to death, that the docs have got to be careful, but they want me to take a half a meg twice a day. popping .5 Klonopin does about diddly squat for my anxiety and panic attacks. I don't want to over medicate myself, and I don't need an addiction but this doesage isn't stopping me from freaking out on a daily basis and every few weeks doing some serious self injury. The ER docs know me too well these days. Just curious as to what others are on for panic. I really don't want to spend the rest of my wretched life on the panic attack roller coaster.

Remarkably similar to the story of my life...

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2mg three times a day. Awesome.

Everybody is diffferent, but Sheez! My pdoc just cut my Clonazepam from .5 to .25 once a day. Benzo is scary shit and unless the consequences of going without it are even worse, everybody should take as little as possible.

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I have been on as much as 6mg (2mg 3 times a day) in the past. Now I'm pretty stable at 1.5 mg twice a day.Sometimes I take an extra

1 milligram if needed. Excellent drug!

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I'm on 1 mg 3 times a day plus as on needed basis 1 mg up to 2 times a day.

Sebastian

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I take 0.5 mg four times a day. Klonopin has been a very good drug for me. When I was on Ativan I abused it because it wore off so quickly. I've never had any problems with Klonopin, it is very smooth and I only take what's prescribed.

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At worst, I took 4mg/day. I now take 1mg a day with one extra in store for emergencies.

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I have been noticing that Klonopin makes me depressed, agitated, irritable, and that I just have a morbid and hopeless outlook while I am on it. My doc is reluctant to put me back on Xanax, though.

I have been taking 20 mg. of Lexapro once a day for several years now, and it does not seem to do anything to help at all. And I have tried numerous antidepressants over the last 15 years.

I cannot handle Seroquel! It makes me feel physically awful, and keeps me confined to bed. I am beginning to wonder if there is any hope for me.

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I have a ridiculous high tolerance to meds so they have me at 2mg 3x a day with the generic. It helps but sometimes it takes more. :/

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I take 0.5mg four times a day and that works for me most of the time. I'm a lot better than I was.

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Hi Gang,

It's been a long while since my last post. I am currently taking 2mg of Clonazepam per night for sleep. I've been on this dose for about 6 or 7 months, along with 20mg of Lexapro per day. There are days when I feel tired, but this combo has worked out real well for me. In all, I think I've been on the Clonazepam for 2 years plus now. I can't recall when I started to see the PDOC. We tried Ativan when 1 mg of clonaz wasn't doing the trick. Didn't work.Then we tried Doxepin 10mg for a few weeks. Worked but gave me a hung over feeling. Since I have not had any alcohol in 17 years, I really hated that feeling. So, then he kicked up the Clonaz and voila, I'm in the zone. I asked the PDOC how long I would have to be on these drugs. His response, if you're feeling good, and life is "normal" for you, why think about getting off? Makes sense to me.

DX: Severe Depression and PTSD

RX 20mg Lexapro, 2mg Clonazapam, 20mg Quinapril,10mg Atenelol Omega3 Fish oil, Co Q 10, and a multi vitamin

Major problem: yep you guessed it, my once vigorous sex life is now suffering the effects of these damn drugs. If I can get my BP down, Viagra will be rx'd. I really need it. LOL TMI, I know, but hey, this is crazy boards.

Hope everyone is doing okay

best

crazyjunior

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