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I asked this question of people who have bipolar disorder and got a wide variety of answers, ranging from, "I pop them like Tic-Tacs so I am only prescribed five at a time," to "It mellows me out," to " It makes me want to crawl out of my skin *shudders*." Here are some of the other answers:
I get very sleepy with it so I take only a half. Every person is different with medicines so your body may react differently then other people's bodies. It's a good medicine to take.
I take them before I go shopping makes it easier for me less anxiety.
The worst side effect is ED (erectile dysfunction), which has been a difficult experience in a new relationship. I cut back on my dosage. No adverse affects of increased anxiety. Better results with intimacy.
I take 1 mg in the afternoon. It makes me need a nap, but we bipolar peeps need naps anyway, so I don't feel so bad. But coming off of it is tough; you could actually die. So it looks like I'll be taking it forever... [Note: I have never read th...
I've had some anxiety issues lately, so several days ago I decided to take one of my "as needed" medications, Klonopin (generic name clonazepam), which is an anti-anxiety drug in the benzodiazepine family. I took it at bedtime, slept well, and felt better the next day, so the second night I took another.
The next day I was a zombie. I couldn't focus on anything and could barely keep my eyes open. I wound up going back to bed in the early afternoon for several more hours' sleep. I did not take Klonopin that night, and on the following day I felt normal again.
That day I looked up the half-life of Klonopin and found that it's listed in most sources as being 30-40 hours - some saying as much as 60 hours.
"Half-life" is the amount of time it takes for half of the drug to leave your system, and then for half the remaining amount to be gone, and so on. Using the lowest figure for Klonopin would mean 50% of the drug remains after 30 hours, 25% after 60 hours, 12.5% after...
I am suffering from extreme chronic depression and panic disorder. Can Xanax and Klonopin help? Have other people experienced added depression with Klonopin? The reality is that everyone is different. Some people think certain meds have only limited uses (for example, "Xanax should only be for occasional symptoms") while others think differently ("some patients can experience complete remission of depression with only Xanax.") In reality, we have some guidelines, we have our clinical experience, and, most importantly, what you tell us. My tendency is to listen to the patient, not the diagnosis. Many benzos can have strange effects: for example, rather than sedate you, they may make you feel wired. So can it happen? Yes. But generally these drugs cause fairly predictable outcomes. As above, it's most important that you tell your doctor everything, including prior experience with all medications, whether pre...
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