I have been taking Klonopin since the end of August. I started out taking .25 mg, (cutting a .5 mg pill in half) and the first few days I noticed a big difference in my anxiety level. I kept taking .25 mg for the next few months, sometimes I would take the other half if I kept having really bad anxiety and it would make a minor difference. I didn't take it for the past month though. I started taking .5 mg again a couple days ago and I don't even know if it's doing anything. I am thinking maybe I need a higher dosage. I have heard of people taking up to 10 mg per day, so taking .5 doesn't seem like much. I am also taking 60 mg Vyvanse, 25 mg of Seroquel, and sometimes I take 50 mg of Lamictal but I don't think it does anything, and Depo-provera. I don't know if any of these other meds has any effect on Klonopin. Does .5 mg of Klonopin make a big difference or does it usually take a higher dosage to have an effect?
Is 0.25 to 0.5 mg of Klonopin a day enough to have an effect?
- 1 Dec 2009 by yesdnil
- 19 December 2018 (9 weeks ago)
- depo-provera, klonopin, vyvanse, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd)
Added 1 Dec 2009:
In the past I have taken Buspar, which seemed to help some, but it takes a few weeks to actually start working and I needed something that worked right away, which is why my doctor prescribed Klonopin. I might ask my doctor if I should take that instead of Lamictal. Has anyone had success with Buspar for anxiety?
Added 1 Dec 2009:
Also I got a ticket for running a red light the other day and the cop asked if I was on medication and I told him I was on Vyvanse and Klonopin. And he almost gave me a DUI for Klonopin so now I have to take it at night. Well that kind of defeats the purpose since assuming I can fall asleep, I wouldn't need it at night. I need it during the day when I am awake feeling anxiety, but I need to drive to work, etc. What do I do? The cop was really rude, and I don't know if he was on a power trip or what but can you get a DUI for taking Klonopin?
Is there any theuraputic value in taking that low of dose. At first it did help you but like all benzodiazipines people develop a tolerance and what used to work doesnt work any more and thats what my be happening to you. Anxiey and panic disorder do respond very well at first to these types of medications and sometimes these disorders resolve themselves over time or in therapy and the need to use these medication disapate but then you have to deal with withdrawal or even rebound anxiety. I think the best thing is to try alternatives first and if you cant then the lowest dose possible and .5mg once a day is very low with this medication under your doctors advise you could try it twice a day but monitor yourself and if in three months you dont get the same benefit you could take it three times a day and then monitor yourself and then up it to 1mg. You see were i am going with this. I hate anxiety and panic disorder but their are other alternatives and they do work.
Do your homework and ask questions and more questions.I would say stay on it for the shortest time possible and ask what is this anxiety about. good luck
I started out taking .5 mg of Klonopin and 50 mg of Pristiq (after numerous trial and errors), and had great results. Then after a year, my level of anxiety spiked way high, and also got fibromyalgia at the same time. Ended up having to have the Klonopin increased up to 4 mg, then decreased down to 3 mg (4 was just way to much for me). For some, .5 works just fine for a long time, and for some, .5 isn't enough. Totally depends on you and what you need. If your anxiety is taken care of, then .5 is probably doing a great job and I wouldn't mess with it. If you're getting continuous panic attacks and or general anxiety, then .5 isn't enough. Recently I've also had to have the Pristiq increased to 100 mg as well. A higher dosage isn't necessarily a good thing - once you go up to a higher dosage, it's pretty hard to come back down. Anyways, I'm doing much much better now.
Vyvanse and Klonopin (as well as seroquel causing drowsyness)an upper and a downer are usualy bad to take togeather buuuut yeah the cop can cite you for a DUI BUT you can fight this since its for a cronic medical condition
i didnt read your whole comment but the DUI part got my attention.
I take Vyvanse and Klonopin everyday. 70mg Vyvanse in the AM. Wait til I get to work to take my Klonopin (2mg) and then take the other 2mg's at bed with my 2 Ambien IR 10mg and 20mg Melatonin.
In Texas they can site you, and arrest you for a DUI for medication even if it is prescription for a Chronic Disorder.
I have not tried that medication but my heart goes out to you -- for following dr's orders. You ought to fight that ticket cause you work for a living -- just like that cop -- and you need that medication to function. I totally understand you on that my friend. You are in my prayers!!
Hello yesdnll. I just wanted to add my support in regards to the ticket you were issued. I hope that all has worked out for the better, best of health and wishes to you,pledge
In regard to the DUI issue. Sure you can be cited for DUI despite the fact you are prescribed the drug. It says very clearly on any literature accompanying the medication that you should "be carefull when operating heavy machinery". A car is fairly heavy and also quite dangerous. I have 2 seperate DUI's, both for benzo's 6 years apart. Luckily both there were no injuries to anyone. But undoubtably I was impaired as the officer noticed as did your citing officer. You will find that most police officers may come off "rude" when confronted with an obviously impaired driver after seeing many many fatal accidents resulting from impaired drivers not knowing when they should NOT drive. We as responsible citizens should know when we are too medicated too drive. Not just pass off blame to a doctor who is trying to help you with a medical issue, not an unrelated transportation issue.
Like after a short outpatient type surgery where an anethstetic is administered you are told to have ride to take you home. IF you were to ignore this advice, attempt to drive home on ypur own and kill a pedestrian, is your fault alone. Not the doctor who warned you not to drive or the literature that advised you otherwise. That is where "personal responsibility" and old fasioned common sense comes in.
But in regard to you actually being found guilty of DUI in court depends largely on the the level the drug was at in your system at the time of arrest which can be verified to be either at the prescribed level and/or exceeding reasonable expectation to drive safely. Obviously the burden is on the prosecution which most often in a case where there was no injury they will not bother providing legal medical testimony on the behalf of the DA. At least that is how it seems to be where I am from in Philadelphia, PA where there are more pressing legal issues.
Stupidly I plead guilty the first time not knowing this and found not gulity the next time, which ironically I feel I was actually not suitable to be operating a car safely... though mostly due to lack of sleep in addition to a morning dose of 2 mg. klonopin before coffee on the way to work.
A person needs 2 mg a day to be anxiety free and if you have panic attacks you need 4 mg a day.
.25 Klonopin helps a lot to take the edge off in the morning for me. I also take B vitamins in the morning to assist with my anxiety, and 50 mg. of trazodone at night which helps me sleep.
Over the years I have tried many different SSRI's to no avail. Most make me feel like I am losing my mind - Buspar in particular. Helped initially then insomnia for two weeks. Definitely do not recommend that medication.
I have a friend who took .25 mg of Klonopin daily for ten years without ever having to increase the dose. It is best to take the least amount that is effective. Avoid taking it every day if you can. I take 1 mg twice a week on average , and it has really, really helped when the anxiety is very bad. Doctors aren't always right. I was prescribed 2 mg a day for a psychiatrist five years ago and it stopped working after about six weeks. I was able to get off the Klonopin for a couple years before the anxiety resurfaced. I also do yoga, meditation, tapping (Emotional Freedom Therapy), journaling, heavy aerobic exercise and social interactions in small groups tremendously helpful. I also think intermittent fasting has helped me. And don't forget how valuable a good therapist can be. You are on a lot of different medications, and there could be some possible negative drug interactions. Don't rely only on drugs! Good luck...
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