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Could klonopin be the reason for my spontaneous remission from schizoaffective?


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I'm pretty sure I believe in benzos effectiveness for psychosis more than anyone on this forum and doctors. I even had one doctor tell me he was afraid to put me on benzos because they might cause me more psychosis. The only reason why I believe in the power of benzos for psychotic illnesses is because I read an old study about how some psychiatrists in mexico were able to successfully treat psychotic patients with benzos. Anyways with that out of the way I am wondering if people have any opinions as far as if they think klonopin is as important as I think it was in my spontaneous remission from schizoaffective. I always had symptoms since being diagnosed 12 years ago. And about the past year I have had no symptoms of any kind whether mood, or psychotic in nature. I had never been on klonopin in my life until the past year or two. So one would think I owe the spontaneous remission to the klonopin right? Either way I am afraid to go off of klonopin, the major reason is because I am forced to see a new psychiatrist who like most nowadays doesn't like to or maybe doesn't even prescribe benzos. So I might not be able to continue my klonopin. So I am concerned if I stop klonopin, my illness will come back, and well for those of us who have struggled with psychosis, and dream of that day of spontaneous remission, theres no way any of us would tweak our meds if we are in remission. So what do you guys think, could the klonopin be as significant as I think, or if I'm symptom free now on klonopin I should be even while off it? Like benzos can't really be the difference between being psychosis free or not right?

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If you think of paranoia as an extension of anxiety, or perhaps, anxiety at an out of control level, than the idea that benzos could treat paranoia as well as anxiety is not that out there.  

I also think that stress tends to bring out symptoms of psychosis so if one takes a benzo and thereby reduces their stress level there is also a chance that you might not have psychosis symptoms while on it.  

It sais in your signature that you're also on Latuda.  Is that current?  There could be a synergic effect between the klonipin and the Latuda where they boost the effectiveness of each other and together as a whole complex make your symptoms dissipate.  

I am also in the remission club and have been for years but I only take 1mg of Ativan at night and that is to help me sleep.  I take Abilify. 

There can be other reasons for remission including but not limited to the effects of the Latuda finally becoming apparent after a given period of time- even  somewhat long period of time.  

Keep us updated and keep writing in here.  I hope you're going to be okay.  

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1 hour ago, TakeAChillPill said:

If you think of paranoia as an extension of anxiety, or perhaps, anxiety at an out of control level, than the idea that benzos could treat paranoia as well as anxiety is not that out there.  

I also think that stress tends to bring out symptoms of psychosis so if one takes a benzo and thereby reduces their stress level there is also a chance that you might not have psychosis symptoms while on it.  

It sais in your signature that you're also on Latuda.  Is that current?  There could be a synergic effect between the klonipin and the Latuda where they boost the effectiveness of each other and together as a whole complex make your symptoms dissipate.  

I am also in the remission club and have been for years but I only take 1mg of Ativan at night and that is to help me sleep.  I take Abilify. 

There can be other reasons for remission including but not limited to the effects of the Latuda finally becoming apparent after a given period of time- even  somewhat long period of time.  

Keep us updated and keep writing in here.  I hope you're going to be okay.  

I was already in remission when i decided to switch from abilify to latuda. But currently on what i deem to be a meaningless dose of latuda, given I was on 80 mg when I was symptomatic and it had no effect, part of me believes 20 mg is doing nothing and maybe i don't need an antipsychotic, but cant go any lower than 20 mg of latuda, but i have no real good reason to believe its working now, seems more likely there just aren't any symptoms to treat rather than the latuda is magically working all of a sudden at the min dose and didn't at a high one.

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I would tell your new pdoc about what you wrote in your OP, especially this:

4 hours ago, JustGotOut said:

who like most nowadays doesn't like to or maybe doesn't even prescribe benzos. So I might not be able to continue my klonopin. So I am concerned if I stop klonopin, my illness will come back, and well for those of us who have struggled with psychosis, and dream of that day of spontaneous remission, theres no way any of us would tweak our meds if we are in remission. So what do you guys think, could the klonopin be as significant as I think, or if I'm symptom free now on klonopin I should be even while off it? Like benzos can't really be the difference between being psychosis free or not right?

It might be helpful for your new pdoc to know how much the klonopin is helping you.

 

(in bold) ... I'm not sure ... for me though, the klonopin helps my anxiety and stress.  Without it I would be very anxious and stressed out ... plus lack of sleep ... = becoming symptomatic again.

 

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