LilacOutsideMyWindow Posted April 23, 2011 Share Posted April 23, 2011 Things have been good since I started clonazepam. I've applied to college and registered for fall classes. I've gone to informational meetings and spoken with strangers. I'm letting my dad deal with his own alcohol problems instead of focusing on them and making them my problem. I've also been waking nice and early every morning. The first week it was prescribed to me, I was attending a conference every morning, so was up around 5:30a - much earlier than my usual 7:30. Since the conference ended, I'm still waking earlier than normal, although just around 6:30ish. I take .25mg in the morning, another .25mg in the afternoon if I feel I need it (maybe 2-3 days this past week) and then .5mg at night. I don't feel that I need it for sleep, not at all. I've read that it can have anti-manic properties, and I've been a tad worried that all my activity (I've even gone on walks!) have been signs of hypo/mania, and all meds together are just keeping it at bay (which of course is the goal - go meds). I assume, though, that a paradoxical reaction would mean an INCREASE in anxiety, right? Since my anxiety is under control, I should just be happy I don't get sedation - right? I almost feel that this is too good to be true - that maybe all my rage issues were more tied to anxiety and poor coping with anxiety than I ever realized, and now that the anxiety is under control, I feel so much better. The only other change I've made is that I've quit all alcohol myself. Not that I was consuming much - but I was having the occasional beer or wine with dinner, and since starting clonazepam I haven't had any. I guess that could be related to sleep, but I was drinking, imo, too infrequently for it to have that much of an effect. My 7:30 waking time has been going on for a long time. Ah, I feel like I've rambled too much and my real question is getting lost, sorry! Real question - how normal is it to NOT be sedated, to not feel sleepy at all, when first starting and being on a benzo, clonazepam specifically? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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