medication

Klonopin

toxsich Community Member December 27, 2007
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    I have been taking Klonopin for over tens yrs now. The doctor that put me on it should be in prison because I will be forever addicted to this terribe drug. When I try to taper off It feels like I am under water looking at the world in this sufficated dream. My body is nauses and I am waiting for this nightmare of mine to be over.

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  • Kimberly Tyler
    Health Guide
    Dec. 30, 2007

    Dear Toxisch,

     

    I too take Klonopin (for a seizure response for my anti-depressant medication).

     

    If I do not take my Klonopin, I am VERY affected.  So my body, too, is very addicted to this medication.

     

    Are you tapering off Klonopin under doctor supervision?   I am told that tapering off is attainable, and have been told by others...

    RHMLucky777

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    Dear Toxisch,

     

    I too take Klonopin (for a seizure response for my anti-depressant medication).

     

    If I do not take my Klonopin, I am VERY affected.  So my body, too, is very addicted to this medication.

     

    Are you tapering off Klonopin under doctor supervision?   I am told that tapering off is attainable, and have been told by others that they too have tapered off Klonopin successfully. 

     

    Please share more of your experience if you feel okay about it, as their are many people who are on this medication or off it, and may benefit from your experience.

     

    Thanks.

     

    Best,

    Kimberly Tyler

    • Anonymous
      Eric W. Beckley
      Jan. 24, 2008
      Life, it is coming back to me slowly. I must accept the fact that right now is not the best time to try to taper off my meds. The funny thing about the first time I wrote here was that at the time my doctor refused to call in my refill because A. she was on vacation and B. she needed me to have an office visit. She would not call in 8 ******* pills to...
      RHMLucky777
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      Life, it is coming back to me slowly. I must accept the fact that right now is not the best time to try to taper off my meds. The funny thing about the first time I wrote here was that at the time my doctor refused to call in my refill because A. she was on vacation and B. she needed me to have an office visit. She would not call in 8 ******* pills to get me through the Holiday. I spent Christmas in Hell, literally. Imagine being around your entire family off your meds. I felt like l was just going to lose it. But finally I went to the doctor and she refilled my script and I payed my Co-pay. I am currently looking for a doctor that cares about my health instead of pading their wallet. Anyways I take one 2mg tablet twice a day. I have been doing this since I was 20 yr. I am now 30 yr in good  health, have very little anxiety but i tired of taking this little white pill. Its a love hate relationship. I am happy when i get a full bottle of Klonopin. I hate waiting on the doctor to call in my script, I get really paranoid and freaked out that they are just going to cut me off someday. What would I do?  Anyways these are my thoughts and I hope somone out there can relate. You are not crazy, strange or alone.. 
    • Anonymous
      BlueCat
      Mar. 28, 2008

      I hate when doctors can't/don't/won't refill... I was at the pharmacy pleading for 1 pill of Klonopin a few months ago... I felt like an addict!

       

      I have been on Klonopin (well, the generic, Clonazepam) for 7 years.  I used to be in it every day for about 4 years.  Then one day I decided to try to live without it and I found that I...

      RHMLucky777

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      I hate when doctors can't/don't/won't refill... I was at the pharmacy pleading for 1 pill of Klonopin a few months ago... I felt like an addict!

       

      I have been on Klonopin (well, the generic, Clonazepam) for 7 years.  I used to be in it every day for about 4 years.  Then one day I decided to try to live without it and I found that I could!  It has been another 3 years and now I only take it when I feel like I may have an attack, or during an attack.  I am not addicted to it, and can go months without taking even a half a pill.  I'm also on an anti-depressant which I guess helps keep my thoughts/symptoms in check.

       

      I got a new doctor and he is worried that I will become addicted, but I think that after 7 years if I were going to become addicted/dependent, it would have happened already.  I am sorry to hear some of you guys who posted got addicted, how terrible. :(  I was on Valium when I first got diagnosed because they tried Xanax and it did NOTHING, even after taking about 5 pills at a time.  I KNOW I would have been addicted to Valium, it made me giggly!  Hang in there... maybe there is another anxiety med that isn't a benzo that could help ween you off Klonopin?

       

      -Cat 

    • Anonymous
      AG
      Aug. 03, 2009

      Your message has helped me. I'm worried I'm getting addicted to klonapin (only .5 miligrams, but missing one day leaves me unable to breath right, fearful and hyper-jittery around people). I tried to get off the medication but the breathing has become such a problem. Fainted twice from not breathing! The only reason I'm trying to tapper/cut myself off from...

      RHMLucky777

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      Your message has helped me. I'm worried I'm getting addicted to klonapin (only .5 miligrams, but missing one day leaves me unable to breath right, fearful and hyper-jittery around people). I tried to get off the medication but the breathing has become such a problem. Fainted twice from not breathing! The only reason I'm trying to tapper/cut myself off from klonopin is because I feel they're going to one day cut me off too. I even saved up a 2-3 month supply just in case... lol

      but these behaviors aren't like me. That's why I think I'm addicted. :(

      It's relieving to hear that you've been taking it for so long though, my pschiatrist said that tolerence is built up after 4 months. That's also why I'm trying/tried to get off of it. So worried I'm going to be randomly cut off! I don't understand it. Nice to know that others have similar stories. but man, i didn't know you could take it that long. anxietyyyy lifted

    • missmandar
      Aug. 31, 2009

      I've had klonapin as my "back up" meds for 3 years.  I've never had to take them daily, and in fact can go months and months without having to take one.  Usually a SSRI or SNRI serve as my primary med.  But when I have an anxiety attack - nothing can get me back to planet earth like klonapin can.  So even though I rarely take them, guess...

      RHMLucky777

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      I've had klonapin as my "back up" meds for 3 years.  I've never had to take them daily, and in fact can go months and months without having to take one.  Usually a SSRI or SNRI serve as my primary med.  But when I have an anxiety attack - nothing can get me back to planet earth like klonapin can.  So even though I rarely take them, guess what?  I have a 6 month backup supply of it.  And everytime a doc asks me if I need a refill, my answer is hell yeah!  Not because I have to have it in a "I'm gonna pull my hair out way" but because I am so afraid not to have it when I need it.  I think it's safe to say that's because people like you and I have anxiety.  Our fears are magnified to the 100th degree.  So, if you feel worried someone may cut you off, then you are only doing what you can to protect yourself - to make sure you can breath and that your heart doesn't pound out of your chest.  It doesn't make you a bad person to hoard your pills - it makes you a person with anxiety and that is the nature of our condition.

    • Anonymous
      adam29
      Jul. 01, 2009

      I took klonopin for three years for anxiety before I stopped.  As a recovering addict I can tell you from experience that this is the most difficult drug of all to quit.  I went through an initial withdrawal that lasted about 2 weeks before things settled down.  3 months later I was slammed with very unusual side effects ranging from a total...

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      I took klonopin for three years for anxiety before I stopped.  As a recovering addict I can tell you from experience that this is the most difficult drug of all to quit.  I went through an initial withdrawal that lasted about 2 weeks before things settled down.  3 months later I was slammed with very unusual side effects ranging from a total inability to read or process thoughts to terrifying and disabling panic attacks that often resulted in hospitalization.  I had no idea what was happening and was later told it was call PAWS.   Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.  I was so messed up that I even had to go on disability.  I struggled with these symptoms for a over a year (keep in mind that I only took a small dose - .5 to 1mg nightly) before getting back on them.  It's a shame I lost that year of my life trying to recover only to resume in the end.  This is an insidious drug that will melt your brain into a toxic, neon goo.  All of the benzos.....this includes lorazepam and ativan (xanax and valium) should be avoided like the plague.  Very very scary and disabling for those who take it over an extended period of time.  ONLY take these for acute anxiety!        

  • Anonymous
    brokenwings
    Jan. 15, 2008

    problems?

     

    I have been taking klonopin for about 10 years and cymbalta for nearly 2 years. klonopin 3x day at .5. cymbalta 40mg 2x day for MDD/GAD.

    klonopin for agoraphobia and severe anxiety,PMDD,PTSD from the first doc who treated me(sexual exploitation and interference with obtaining employment) I have tried to get off klonopin and it so hard and cymbalta...

    RHMLucky777

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    problems?

     

    I have been taking klonopin for about 10 years and cymbalta for nearly 2 years. klonopin 3x day at .5. cymbalta 40mg 2x day for MDD/GAD.

    klonopin for agoraphobia and severe anxiety,PMDD,PTSD from the first doc who treated me(sexual exploitation and interference with obtaining employment) I have tried to get off klonopin and it so hard and cymbalta is worse. Next week I having a liver panel fuction tests.

     

    From the time I started taking these meds I feel a shame that I'm not the same person. from working 2 jobs to doing nothing just  a SAHM. :(

    • Anonymous
      Cupcake
      Sep. 29, 2009

      Klonopin has ruined my life.  For six years I tried to get off of it, but always ended up in the mental hospital and put back on it.  It's the devils poison.  I'm suffering so much nowadays, I don't know if I can live through it.  I took it everyday for 16 years, without knowing that I was taking an addictive drug. 

       

      Please help...

      RHMLucky777

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      Klonopin has ruined my life.  For six years I tried to get off of it, but always ended up in the mental hospital and put back on it.  It's the devils poison.  I'm suffering so much nowadays, I don't know if I can live through it.  I took it everyday for 16 years, without knowing that I was taking an addictive drug. 

       

      Please help me!

    • toxsich
      Sep. 29, 2009

      hey,

       

      all I can say is that i feel ur pain literally. I know how bad it hurts and how dark it seems but

      we must focus on the things we can control and that is our attitudes. stay positive ,  know ur not alone , ur not losing ur mind even though u feel like it. I hope u emerge from this dark cloud in to the sunlight smiling.Laughing

  • Anonymous
    chris
    Jan. 09, 2008

    I too have been on Klonopin or some form of Benzopine since 1994. If I knew what I was getting into I would NEVER have let this happen. I'm now addicted forever and the Physco doctor can be assured of a paycheck the more suckers that get on these drugs. I have tried so many times to get off with NO chance. Just weaning back is impossible. I feel suicidal...

    RHMLucky777

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    I too have been on Klonopin or some form of Benzopine since 1994. If I knew what I was getting into I would NEVER have let this happen. I'm now addicted forever and the Physco doctor can be assured of a paycheck the more suckers that get on these drugs. I have tried so many times to get off with NO chance. Just weaning back is impossible. I feel suicidal at times and have to take anti depressants to counter act the Klonopin. Yes these doctors should be held responsible for our quality of life now.. which is zip >>> The doctor I go to freaks me out and will not refill till I'm on my last pill so I never know..The drugs and the doctor controls my life. what life I have. The more they prescribe the more patients they can count on for their life time. I would like to hear one person that was able to get clean off these drugs after years of addiction.

    • Anonymous
      hope
      Aug. 21, 2009

      I have been on .05 tid for a year now and also vicodin. I just got sick of being controlled by it. I did not realize at first how much I had changed personally, even when my children told me that I had changed. I decided to quit both and I have been off the klonopin 7days, vicodin 3 days. I had a panic attack on the 4th day with no klonopin and had to go to...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have been on .05 tid for a year now and also vicodin. I just got sick of being controlled by it. I did not realize at first how much I had changed personally, even when my children told me that I had changed. I decided to quit both and I have been off the klonopin 7days, vicodin 3 days. I had a panic attack on the 4th day with no klonopin and had to go to emergency room. I don't really know if it is the clonazepam or the vicodin. I am so sick and I just hope this feeling goes away soon. I am nauseous, diarrhea, panic attacks, racing heartbeat, body aching, can't sleep, and have a feeling of doom. Will these feelings ever go away, someone please give me some good words.