I have been using clonazepam for over 20 years now. Is there any significant side effects and is it safe to use the rest of my life. The minute I try to come off clonazepam my mouth begins to burn and I can't stand it so I put myself back on clonazepam. I just was just diagnosed with autoimmune desease and have just had an appointment with a internist and he wants me off of clonazepam. I weaned mtself off but BMS returned immediately so of course I started using my miracle drug again. What are the thoughts on such long term use? I hope you can help me because if anyone with BMS knows, you need some relief or you can't live with yourself or anyone else. Thank you for your help.
Long term use of clonazepam?
Question posted by fernsawyer on 20 Nov 2012
Last updated on 6 May 2020 by Bridgettleaf
All I can say is I've been on this off and on for 7 to 8 years, I only experience the memory loss when I try to get off of it and even so its mild and I eventually remember what I forgot, little non important events it seems, and it not a lot at the same time, my memory actually has been better then other peoples who dont take meds but I have successfully weaned off of it a number of times just because I dont feel I always need it, wean slowly if you ever decide to but when my anxiety and panic disorder for what I take it for, I use it again since it's been the only thing that has saved me from horrible experiences. I'm not sure if long term would be bad, I think you just got to get different opinions from, I've heard people say they were on it for 30 years or so and doing fine be open to advice from doctors and be extremely open to possibilities.
Specifically if they want you to try a new med just do your research on how many people have good experiences on it and the bad and decide if you want to experiment with something different. For me since I deal with anxiety and panic disorder, little bit of ocd, I have gone into studying herbs, I'm actually taking a course on how the body systems works and looking at what herbs target those symptoms to help bring them back into balance along with eating cleaner and less processed food all for my overall health but in the end if I have to take clonazepam long term I think I will just be cautious with it, it makes me feel a lot better, normal so along that I'll be experimenting with herbs to help keep the dose hopefully low but herbs can be a tricky thing to get into because theres so much misguided information with it from lack of science but if you go into herbal community's you might find other ways for helping yourself, there are herbs for all types of diseases, its just not widely talked about and brain herbs that can really help brain health if your worried about the memory thing with clonazepam, and lots of herbs and food for longevity. I personally would trust anything written by Rosemary Gladstar and any books and references she gives you in the back of her books. And any books written with david Winston are helpful. I'm taking a course called The Science and Art of herbalism by rosemary gladstar , it's a homestudy course to help get a better understanding of my body and tools to treat myself and become an herbalist. I also want to go to school for being a nutritionist and to just keep expanding my knowledge on how to take care of my health so that even if I'm in medication, clonazepam, I'm still giving my body lots of great things to help it function stay healthy, normalize and last it's best. Hope this helps somewhat in a way or gives you new ideas to help you feel better for what you could do to take care of yourself optimally with or without benzos. Hope you find all your answers. Best of luck <3 thanks for your question. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that if you are going to be on it, take care of your health and look into herbs that nourish the nervous system and brain and the parts that clonazepam effects and be safe about it, other then eat healthy, no diet just healthy. Maybe take a organic multivitamin proven to work, look at reviews ect. I like garden of life brand multivitamins and gaia brand supplements.
While this isn't an answer to your question, I am noting this because of your reference to the autoimmune disorder. I have been on Clonazepam for 30 years and am obviously dependent on it. I really had no effects and had a good life with MS until I had a bad neurologist who POISONED me with one of the new therapies for MS (I say POISONED because I was allergic to it) and had 20 days and nights of double heartbeats which, after having it purged from my body, left me with PTSD and a psychiatrist to tell me I needed to get off the clonazepam for all the reasons mentioned (and I'm 67).
We've tried Hydroxyzine Pam (current) to replace it and side effects are like going thru hell (extreme sedation, disorientation, restless sleep and sweating. Also lack of energy. At this point, I would rather take my chances with the Clonzepam.
Depending how the doc is treating the autoimmune disease, it could help the BMS. My thought is you have gotten into a psychological dependence on the med, and believe that if you don't take it you'll immediately be back to square one with the symptoms. There are other things he could give you for anxiety before he takes you off the BMS. Wean off of it slowly, it will take a while. Trying to get off of it fast isn't going to be successful. He could give you buspar or one of the anti depressants that is used for anxiety. That would help get you off the clonazepam. And when you're off of it, get rid of the pills or you'll go right back to it.
Hi Fern, I would say that this internist is cruel. I hope you cut her/him lose and find a different internist.
Memory loss is the only side effect that I can think of, it's short term as well, not long term memory loss.
Best wishes to you, and I hope you find a different internist who is kind and doesn't expect you to go off of a medication that helps you live a normal life!
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