I have severe anxiety and panic attacks. I feel like I'm going to freak out. My skin is crawling and my chest is tight. I have no patience and am in desperate need of something to calm me down. I have general anxiety, but this is different. I can't function when I have one of these attacks. It is completely disabling. I can't get in to see my pysc doc for awhile so I went in to see my primary doc today and he prescribed Klonopin .5 mg twice a day. I took the first dose at 4pm with no results, and so I took another at 6 or so, still I don't feel a bit calm. I would like to know how well this med works for others, how long it takes to work, what dose you're on, etc... Thanks!
How long does it take for Klonopin to start working?
Added 21 Feb 2012:
It is now a little past 9pm and I am finally feeling much calmer. Yay!!! So I am wondering now how often I should take them. Says twice a day. Do I have to take it consistently or just as needed? My panic attacks have been really bad recently so I realize I should let it build up in my system for the full effect, but I don't want to have to be on it long term if I don't have to be... If I do have to be, I guess that's ok too, but anyway... If anyone can let me know what they think I would appreciate it...
Klonopin is not a fast acting benzodiazepine such as xanax. The nice thing about Klonopin though is that it is long acting. Once it builds in your system, it will continue to work nicely. Give it a couple of days, if you aren't experiencing any relief, contact the doctor and let him know.
In addition you might want to ask your doctor about Visteral or even Benadryl. Both have helped me in the short term. They might make you tired but usually starts working for me in 30 to 45 minutes. Klonopin did work for me but it does take awhile. Benadryl is over the counter, Visteral takes a scripe. If you can't wait acouple of days, ask your doctor about the above. Inderal also helped me and is not habit forming, it also doesn't knock you out. Hope this helps. I know I had a hard time waiting for relief those attacks are terrible. Good luck. Just know that there are alot of us out there that can understand and feel what you are going through.
So glad you are feeling so much better. I take you have been having an increase in these episodes. You did not mention whether you were on other medications for the general anxiety disorder. But if it was me I would probably take the Klonopin two times a day like your doctor ordered until you can get in to see you psych doc. It does build up and from my understanding you can't get hooked on it over the short haul and it is so much better than suffering from panic attacks.
Omgoodness! I know how u feel. I personally take 1.5 to 2 mgs of klonipin when im having a bad attack and feel like im freaking out and heavy chest pressure..
Breathe and just remember it's a panic attack and I'm probably going through one with you.
Well make through..
God bless you.
First, thanks to all for your comments and questions.
I'm wondering what people mean when they say they have anxiety attacks. For me, it's usually when I've been asleep; I wake up with a start and a feeling of disorientation. My heart is beating rapidly and I feel a sense of doom. But it "only" lasts for a few minutes, as opposed to long-term anxiety, which I also have. But it does not involve a feeling of compression in my chest, as others here have mentioned; rather, what I feel most is a painful and persistent knot in my stomach.
I did try Clonazepam in February to get relief for long-term anxiety, and if memory serves, it gave me relief within the hour. I eventually got off it within the week and continued on Paxil. I also did--and do--10 minutes of meditation every day and 25 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week. But the anxiety has come back again; I don't know why.
I finally broke down today and took another Clonazepam; 5 mg, I believe. And while it's given me some relief, I don't feel the almost complete relief I felt the first time I tried it. I am feeling drowsy, but I still have the stomach knot and a feeling of sadness. For example, when I saw a garden tool my late mother had, it reminded me both of her and of her telling me about how her own mother had like to use it. And that memory is just leaving me with such sadness and emptiness.
In any case, hoping Clonazepan will help me again, cause it's the "big guns," and if it doesn't work, I'll feel like I've lost a major defense.
Again, thanks for comments.
I take 1 mg 3 times a day with 2 mg at night. Put the pill under your tongue and let dissolve. Then wash down with a bottle of water. Should feel effects in 15 to 30 minutes. .5 mg never really helped me. Try taking both pills right when you start feeling anxious and hopefully it should carry through the day. It has a half-life of 50 hours so maybe.
Hi George top cop, I don't see anywhere where you mentioned if you had had your thyroid function tested before giving the benzodiazepines? Thyroid out of balance can cause many if not all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Just a note of concern. I hope you can get to feeling better soon
I agree with one poster about putting it under your tongue. I noticed it will kick in about 15 minutes after, if you let it dissolve under your tongue fully. I've just started taking clonazepam after taking Xanax for about 10 years my doctor switched me over. It seems to work okay so far. I hope your feeling better.
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