My neurologist prescribed .5mg once per day for mild nerve pain after a surgery. I'm scared to use it every day, though, because of all the horror stories about dependence and having to quickly increase the dosage. It works great. It's the only thing I've found that completely eliminates all discomfort.
Dependence is a physical thing and can be dealt with. Its when they abuse it and are addicted that there is a problem. Don't make yourself suffer because of something the media and others have drummed into us. My first rule about medication is do not believe anything you heard on tv. Research the facts yourself.
I have been taking .5 mg of Klonopin for the past 5 years for myoclonus without needing to increase it. Many are able to get off of it with no problem. I voluntarily decided to get off of it years ago when I was taking it for eye twitches--stupid doctor for prescribing it for that. I had to decrease it in very small amounts over months of time. Each time I decreased it, I got severe depression for about 3 weeks, but then fine. And I am prone to depression and was not taking any anti-depressants at the time. So I was able to get off of it. And you will too. The withdrawal has to be better than your nerve pain after surgery. And I plan to take Klonopin for the rest of my life, because I need to stop the involuntary jerking of my body caused by a stroke. I wouldn't think twice about taking it.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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