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    Donna72 is offline New Member
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    I've been taking Klonopin for a number of years. 1mg to 1 1/2mg as need. I need it a lot when I'm driving and due to anxiety. Does anyone find themselves having problems behind the wheel, like myself?

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    Hi donna, This is something Im very familiar with. Ive been on high doeses of klonnpin for along time, and am now seeing an addiction specialist trying to get off. I will have panic attacks while driving big time. Especially if Im not steadily moving like stuck in traffic, especially at intersections. Its an overall feeling or being very tense. I want to warn you that If you get pulled over while influenced its a dui even if it is legally prescribed. I totally relate to what your saying, but we can also put others at risk. It can slow your reflexes, slow your motor functions. Its not safe for you or others.I know what your thinking. It relaxes you but your safe do drive, It just takes the edge off right? Who knows, you could be an exception to what Im saying. But is it worth risking?Your probably thinking theres no way in hell your taking the bus, you have to take the klonopin to drive.It effects everybody differnt. It comes down to your discrtion I guess. If you ever want to talk please email me. without sounding desperate while being perfectly honest I could really use someone to talk with, esp. if you taking klonopin.

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    I take Klonopin wafers on an as needed basis for anxiety. They work great and stop it in about 10 mins. But about 1 hour later, I get so sleepy and usually fall asleep. When I want to take one at a hard therapy session, I can't take it until closer to the end of the session or I wouldn't be able to safely drive home. It happened once, I took it when I got there and on my way home, I fell alseep at a red light and my foot slipped of the brake and I rolled into the car in front of me. It was barely a tap, no damage or anything, but that is when I realized I couldn't take Klonopin or narcotics when I was going to have to drive.

    It is no different than driving drunk and the consequences of it and penalties for it are the same.
    Casey

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    The obvious point here is that all meds affect everyone differently and until you know how they will affect you, you shouldn't be behind the wheel. If they don't make you sleepy, then drive all you want.

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    quote:Originally posted by Casey55

    The obvious point here is that all meds affect everyone differently and until you know how they will affect you, you shouldn't be behind the wheel. If they don't make you sleepy, then drive all you want.
    I understand that all meds affect everyone differently and I agree that no one should drive until they know how a drug is going to affect them. I merely said that I didn't have a problem with driving while taking Klonopin.

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    aquamarine,

    I am sorry, I wasn't saying that in response to your reply, just in general and I should have stated it when I made my original post.

    Casey

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    I am the total opposite. I tend to freak out when I am on a four lane busy highway. I feel like the trucks are getting in my lane, and the cars are going so fast I get dizzy and get so panicky, I have to pull over. Not anymore! Now when I am going somewhere that involves driving on the interstate or a busy highway, I take 1mg of Klonopin. The anxiety is gone and I have a peaceful drive.

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    quote:Originally posted by Beautiful

    I am the total opposite. I tend to freak out when I am on a four lane busy highway. I feel like the trucks are getting in my lane, and the cars are going so fast I get dizzy and get so panicky, I have to pull over. Not anymore! Now when I am going somewhere that involves driving on the interstate or a busy highway, I take 1mg of Klonopin. The anxiety is gone and I have a peaceful drive.
    You sound exactly like my daughter. Whenever she drives which is rare anymore she always gets a panic attack when she's on either a 2,3 or 4 lane highway and each time she see's any traffic behind her she has to pull of to the side of the road and let the traffic go around her. One day this past summer I let her drive my car to go shopping and the highway had 3 lanes and somehow she got in the middle lane and got so panicked that I was afraid she was going to cause a wreck so I looked out the back window to see whether or not she could pullover and thank God the traffic cleared in about a minute so she was able to pull over into that lane. She takes Xanax for her panic attacks but they don't help her at all. The only place where she'll drive anymore is in the very small town where she lives and she only does that when it's absolutely necessary.

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    Aquarmine, I know how your daughter feels. It started in high school with me. I just started having panic attacks when I was driving on a busy highway. For a long time, I would only drive locally. It was very scary to be in the middle of all that traffic and feel like you couldn't pull over because it was so busy. I would get dizzy, but I trained myself to breath in my nose, out my mouth to calm me down.

    The Klonopin is such a life-saver. I haven't any side effects, and I only take it as needed. For example, I had an interview last week, and usually I stutter with my answers and start sweating. But I took 1 mg of Klonopin and I sailed thru the interview.

    I'm not advocating that your daughter take it, but if she only needs it for certain situations, it is inexpensive, side effects are few if any. And it would make life easier for her. Good luck!

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    Hey there,

    I had a very bad car accident (on the freeway) in February of last year, I was fairly okay driving on the freeway except for long drives (40 miles) but then I had a dizzy spell in November when getting on the freeway. Since then, I have panic attacks each and every time I get on the freeway. My doctor put me on klonopin ( half of .5 twice a day), which has helped, I am also in therapy (EMDR) but i was wondering if any of you had any other suggestions that might help! I am FINE driving on local streets, but there's something about the freeway and when I hit about 60mph I absolutely panic. I can now drive an exit or three on the freeway, but after that the panic still sets in.. Any suggestions? My doctor has told me to plsy with the klonopin as needed (raise, lower etc) do you think raising my doseage would help?

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    DONNA: DO NOT email this person. he repeatedly emails this forum under many different names and is REALLY more than crazy troubled. please do not get started with him. if you are driving on klonipin, yes you will get a DUI. it is very dangerous. what if you fall asleep at the wheel or something? please don't take it and drive as it puts others at risk, not only yourself[:I]

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    Hey all ,,you know when you are out there driving you always have to drive defensively and watch out for the other guy,sorry abt your anxieties,driving has always been fun for me,love to drive ...but when you are on 3-4 or 5 lanes just concentrate on staying in your lane,kindof like w/ blinders on where you just see ahead of you and not worry abt trucks getting to close to your lane ,never stay in the middle lane (passing lane) just to pass if you have to ,there are so many bad drivers out there it does get scary,when you are driving, that should be the only thing that you do!! NO putting on lipstick ,talking on the phone is one of my worst pet peeves,so dangerous.stay on an outside lane for slower traffic,just be aware of your surroundings,and always wear a seatbelt....make sure your car is in good working order,good tires check the air in them regularly,all mirrors positioned where you can see good and dont forget abt.that blind spot,dont count on your mirrors for that you have to turn your head and look!!!!Put on some nice relaxing music and away you go...good luck....Oh and Use your headlights and turn signals ,people will see your car quicker and better..Tamm..

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    I have been taking Klonopin 2mgs/day for the past 15 years and despertly want to get off of them...I tried just stopping but, I couldn't focus, make a decision, drive, or even walk normally...I had no craving, just wanted the feeling to go away and of course it didn't until I got my script refilled and popped 1 ml...I am physically addicted and want to know what drug is available to detox..
    Please respond as you ar seeing an addictions specialist for Klonopin and what is he prescribing for you?
    Thanx
    Penny

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    u know what i noticed? those threads are from 2005!!!!! hey-don't feel rediculous, i replied too

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