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Klonopin is an anti-anxiety drug that's often prescribed for anxiety accompanying bipolar disorder, panic disorder and some seizure disorders. Its generic name is clonazepam. Klonopin works by lowering abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
This drug is also sometimes prescribed to treat symptoms of akithisia , a problem with physical restlessness that can occur as a side effect of antipsychotic medications and a few other drugs.
It's important that your doctor and pharmacist know about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products (especially St. John's wort ), and all supplements you're taking. There is a long list of medications that might interact badly with Klonopin. The most common are:
Cold and allergy medications
For a more complete list, see Clonazepam under "What special precautions should I follow?"
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 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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