I am only on 2 pills of klonopin 0.5 mg take 2 pills a day if needed for anxiety let me just be one of the first to say that this medication doesn't work for me. I have been living with anxiety since I was 12 years old and I cannot even begin to say what all they have ever tried me on , maybe if I hear some different kinds of medication it might ring a bell. I feel that anxiety gets worse the older you get do any of you know that this is true or not?
Klonopin is not one of the medications you take when you have an emergency anxiety attack. The reason for this is because it takes several hours to kick in, and then it lasts for MANY hours after that. For that reason, most Doctors prescribe it as an anxiety PREVENTATIVE. Something to be taken REGULARLY, vs AS NEEDED.
The benzodiazepines are those that act fast and also burn off fast. Those are medications like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. Those are the medications that you ONLY take AS NEEDED, because you ONLY take them when you're going through an anxiety emergency.
It is unusual for Doctors to prescribe both categories of medications because of the way they depress the respiratory system. Generally, they prescribe the Klonopin and hope that it keeps the anxiety attacks from happening, or they stop the Klonopin, and start one of the Benzodiazepines to be used as needed.
I feel that you have a choice here, which is to speak with your medical doctor and let him or her know that your anxiety is completely out of control, and as a result, the normal day-to-day function of your life is being affected negatively. It is VERY unusual for a doctor to agree to add a benzodiazepine when a patient just up and asks for it, so you have to just speak honestly about your symptoms and nothing more. It has to be the doctor's idea. Possibly, the doctor might come to believe that the current dosage of klonopin is not high enough, and might raise it for you.
Good luck to you, and do post to let us know how things go, ok?
It all depends on your hormones. Also if you are in therapy to learn how to cope with anxiety. I've been taking klonopin for almost 6 years now. They changed me once to Valium and OMGosh! I hated it. I felt like I wasn't in my self. Then again my doctor totally screwed up and I went from taking 1mg of Klonopin 3 times per day to .5mg of Valium 3 times per day. I didn't have nearly enough coverage of Benzodiazepines in my system. So I went back to Klonopin. I like klonopin. I've tried Xanax before but that's fast acting whereas Klonopin is slower acting. You should be on Xanax for panic/anxiety attacks. With Klonopin though, you can put the tablet underneath your tongue and let it dissolve and it'll act quicker. I don't have to take 3 pills per day everyday now though because I have a medical marijuana card. Cannabis seriously is so helpful with so many medical conditions.
I wish people would be more educated with it and understand it's not about getting high. Cannabis is safer than alcohol, it's proven and a lot safer than all these controlled substances like Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Oxycodone, Norco, Dilaudid, etc... There is no such thing as overdosing from Cannabis like you can with these pills and no Cannabis physical withdrawals. But I hope your anxiety gets better and speak with your doctor about Cannabis (not just smoking it either). They have edibles, oils, and more. If your doctor says "no" then find a new doctor because a lot of these doctors get "kickbacks" from Big Pharma. Even before I got my card, my doctor was totally okay with me consuming Cannabis. Doctors who are more about the holistic approach are way better.
Interactions between your selected drugs
Applies to: Klonopin (clonazepam), mix,(Cannabis aka marj; warnings
MONITOR: Central nervous system- and/or respiratory-depressant effects may be additively or synergistically increased in patients taking multiple drugs that cause these effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients.
MANAGEMENT: During concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities.
Pink; Just in case you Do decide to use the 2 medications from the other post you should be Informed of what the side effects can do. Myself I do not believe that anxiety gets worse with age but we are all different, But whatever you try you should not do it without your doctor's help. The answers you have gotten all seem like good Ideas and in my thinking with Klonopin the dose should be increased to manage the anxiety. As already said this is used more for the prevention of the anxiety Not for as needed like all the faster acting Benzodiazepines. Or as with most people, they would take one of the antidepressants that work for anxiety and mood elevator. But not knowing what you have tried would be hard to guess which might be better. This would have to be between you and your doctor.
You do not say how long it has been since you have tried this type of combination but these days they have many other options. One might be if you have been with this doctor for a long time is to get another opinion, And also the right kind of therapy be it stress, talk, Biofeedback many people have had very good luck with these. You don't want to give up and continue to think it is only going to get worse this is far from the truth. And there are way too many options to mention. Please get in to see the doctor they must have records of what you have taken in the past unless this is a different clinic, But they can contact the other place and get your old records. You must continue to stay positive, And please let us know how you are doing.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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