so I've been on Klonopin 0.5 mg for a while since December when I had my breakdown from anxiety so my question is it possible to relapse from anxiety from Klonopin and my second question is I have still having anxiety but I'm more calm about it though and if you want tell me more. Thanks
Your story sounds familiar. I had my anxiety breakdown this past January and am still feeling the anxiety. My GP has me taking Mirtazapine for sleep and appetite, with clonazepam during the day for the anxiety. Some days I can handle it better than others but it’s a constant struggle. I’ve tried to stay within .25mg taking 1/4 of .5 pill at a time.
I often have issues with temp control, trembling, loss of appetite so need the medication for a little relief. I certainly can sympathize!
Klonopin is great for stopping anxiety in the short term. It’s not going to just go away, unfortunately. Has your doctor talked with you about going a drug like Lexapro? Klonopin worked great for me till the Lexapro kicked in. I still use klonopin occasionally to go to sleep. Bottom line is, klonopin can only help with some of the symptoms of anxiety, but it won’t stop it. I didn’t really improve after my anxiety crash until I started the Lexapro. And klonopin can become addictive. You don’t want that. When I started the Klonopin, I took a half pill at breakfast, half pill at lunch and a whole pill before bed. Then I slowly tapered off once the Lexapro started to work. I hope this helps.
I'm confused. What do you mean "relapse from anxiety from Klonopin ?" Do you mean relapse from not having Klonopin? Or relapse "to" anxiety?
Thank you if you can clear this up. And your 2nd question isn't a question.
Hi, Anxiety Guy!
I have to agree with Scott's comments. Benzodiazepines only mask the symptoms of anxiety and should only be used short term (6-8 weeks). If you're having breakthrough anxiety with the Klonopin it may be that your metabolism needs more of the drug and it can become habituating even at very low doses.
Have you considered a long term medication like one of the SSRI's (Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.) or buspirone which is specific for anxiety? It may be something to discuss with your doctor.
Best regards and I hope you feel better soon.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.