Someone who really needs it, and has been on it for 10 years! But am also on opioid medication for severe pain! But with the new black box warnings! And even though I have always taken just as prescribed and always from the same Dr! But unfortunately my Dr had to retire because of health problems! I have followed everything my new Dr has asked of me! And always taken my scripts only the proscribed! What are Ppl like me supposed to do! You follow all the rules and your still treated like a drug seeker! This is just not rt!
I understand your dilemma. Unfortunately, the new recommendation for Klonopin prescribing is that the duration be kept to a minimum. I'm not sure what that means other than that it should not be prescribed as a long term solution to anxiety. Have you spoken to your Doctor about an alternative such as Buspar, Lexapro or Zoloft. You might find these medications helpful and they too could be prescribed for years.
All the best and take care for now.
Firstly, I agree with everything Rathmullan said but would like to add some extra information also. If you have been taking the same dose of Clonazepam daily for ten years it is likely that you have become both habituated and dependant. The anxiety you feel without it is the dependency rather than the lack of therapeutic effect. In fact, it is unlikely at this stage that the dose you take actually helps to treat anxiety but rather just tops up your blood plasma levels to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Clonazepam has been banned for use to treat anxiety in my country for more than 15 years because of this issue exclusively. People trying to quit after long term use tend to curse it.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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