hi, i have been taking low dose of klonopin, for around 18 years, i was 0.5 mg, daily for many years, a few years back i was raised to 1mg daily, recently i was dropped back to 0.5, then done, no more refills, i was given buspar, 10 mg 2x daily, when i was taking it with the klonopin i was pretty much anxiety free, the first time in many many years, i am on a state insurance plan, and they seem to want me off of the klonopin, i understand the long term effects of the benzo;s, but if it helps, why quit? i don't get it? anyone please help!
Drs are under more scrutiny to justify giving controlled drugs to their patients. The government has been more and more involved on what is prescribed. Benzos have a high abuse rate so Drs have to mind their p's and Q's. While there may be other explanations this would be my best educated guess.
Good luck and ask your Dr is there other meds that may help with your anxiety.
Hello. the conspiracy theory is getting old. It isn't the truth.
Numerous Doctors had set up pill mills in various parts of the country. Florida is one such state. They wrote the prescription and they sold the pills. To just about anyone. This caused huge abuse of the system and payments of federal and state funds to these drug traffickers. The bad apple spoils the barrel.
Restrictions were developed by doctors of the FDA, Medicare and so forth to recoup the huge financial losses. Not only were the opiates, benzos, and such subsidized, were highly addictive forming an on demand captive patient list, but the doctors received direct payment for services, cash, or programs from the government for office visit fees. Even double collecting. Questionable doctors got rich. Patients poor and desperate. Lives cast into the streets.
Regulations were tightened as this was causing billions of dollars to society. Crime to get the money, people going broke, dire helplessness of drug induced people experiencing more pain, anxiety. Families breaking up, homes lost. No employment and even greater demands on the system. Such is the nature of addiction.
So, yes. The doctors are under scrutiny. The legit doctors have no issue with this. I know. I have them. I have discussed clinic policy. Perhaps it is that Midwest mentality that we work for what we have. But I have seen no problem with this change. Anyone i know dealing with pain are happy to get off the pain inducing opioids. I get what I need, although I am considered end of life care rather than getting better or sustaining.
Sadly, people have been drugged to the point of couch potatoes. The change in medication is actually freeing people to get exercise, lose the pills they thought will fix it and have found therapy beneficial. I applaud them finding a better solution.
So this long explanation is to let you know, and remind others, that medicine is a practice. It is not perfect. We have our own part to do. Medication can control symptoms to a point. We have to do the work if we wish to be better. Chronic pain, panic attacks can be effectively treated with new medications and therapies. This is not having to be " abandon hope, ye who enter here!" It takes courage to break out. We have it in us. We may not have a cure, but we do have a choice.
May you have the strength to find a better life and the courage to change. It only takes a moment to change. Is this yours? Karen
I would think that it would be due to the fact that so many people abuse them and not only are there people abusing them but there are people making money selling them to the addicts who abuse them, so , because of this Doctors have to protect themselves from being sued or losing their license, etc, etc, so they feel that it's safer for them to just stop prescribing them. This is just my opinion on this, others may have a different opinion on this subject.
Dr's are so clueless... After being on Klonopin for over 30 yrs, they have
now cut my dose in half..My body and mind are very dependent on it.
Don't they realize how we got so addicted? maybe I'm addicted, but at
least my panic attacks and social anxiety are gone and i feel fairly normal,
and not suicdal anymore. Back in "79 I had a horrific head trauma and coma.
Klonopin gave me the desire to fight my way back.~~D-Square~~
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