Member Medication Review: Klonopin

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Hello everyone

We are going to continue our member medication review about a drug that I have been hearing more and more about called Klonopin.

According to the information we have about Klonopin:

"Klonopin is used alone or along with other medications to treat convulsive disorders such as epilepsy. It is also prescribed for panic disorder-unexpected attacks of overwhelming panic accompanied by fear of recurrence. Klonopin belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines."

Y'all...I am reading these side effects here:

"Side effects in panic disorder may include:

Allergic reaction, constipation, coordination problems, depression, dizziness, fatigue, inflamed sinuses or nasal passages, flu, memory problems, menstrual problems, nervousness, reduced thinking ability, respiratory infection, sleepiness, speech problems, vaginal inflammation

Klonopin can also cause aggressive behavior, agitation, anxiety, excitability, hostility, irritability, nervousness, nightmares, sleep disturbances, and vivid dreams."

Hmm....some of these are interesting...I would worry about many of these. I have a particular interest in knowing more about this medication as my son's neurologist recommended Klonopin as an option for treating my son's anxiety.   He is a teenager and has autism and his anxiety is through the roof sometimes.   I have been reluctant to try this...we have been using behavioral methods to help him and sensory integration techniques but it doesn't hurt to research the options to know what is out there.

Okay so I would like to hear from people who are taking Klonopin or have taken this medication.

What reason were you prescribed Klonopin?   Was it for anxiety, sleep issues, seizures or other?

How many times a day do you take it?   And how long do the effects last?

Is it effective for you?

How does it feel when you take it?

Have you experienced any adverse side effects?

If you have stopped taking it can you tell us why?   And did you experience any withdrawal symptoms?

Thanks to all who participate in our reviews.   I think it helps to hear from others who have actually taken a particular med to understand what the experience might be like.   I have learned so much from listening to you guys.   It is one thing to read medical jargon about the is quite another to hear about the personal experience.   I think both sources of information are of great value and I do hope...before you decide to take a medication that you take that time to really research beforehand and talk to other patients.

Thanks guys are great!