I have prescribed 1mg Klonopin 3x a day for almost 2 years and I'm still having 1-2 panic attacks a day. I was recently strangled several times and now also suffer from chronic migraines with pain radiating from behind my ears and eyes I have a appointment Monday to discuss further treatment and I'm not sure of what to ask my doctor. Any advice is appreciated thank you
I think you may be suffering from PTSD, not just the normal panic attacks... That being said, you would need some intensive therapy to help get you out of that cycle of panic attacks. And, where Klonopin is a longer acting anti-anxiety/benzo, there are fewer side effects when trying to stop them but you would still need to wean down as stopping any benzo cold turkey can cause seizures.
When I went to the psychiatrist/neurologist many years ago for severe daily migraines, he said it was caused by my depression/anxiety. I was out on an SSRI antidepressant and never had another migraine again. So, please discuss the potential of PTSD with your doc due to the trauma you went through (perhaps your doc could prescribe an SSRI until you see a mental health doc/counselor like Prozac or Paxil, etc - I personally took Paxil but everyone is different) and I hope you find the answers you're looking for
Klonopin is a benzo. It can build tolerance and dependence over time. If you have to come off of it you should have a taper schedule. Maybe a SSRI that is approved for anxiety/panic attacks may help. You can research these on the internet. Or maybe others on this site could recommend an antidepressant that has worked for them or they know works for panic attacks. Buspar has worked for some, it is non addictive.
Best to talk to your doctor about your options.
kATMARCH; IS THIS APPT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT IS PRESCRIBING THE Klonopin FOR YOU. iT REALLY WOULD BE BEST TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU AND LET THE DOCTOR DECIDE WHAT KIND OF THERAPY OR MEDICATION YOU SHOULD BE ON. this would be the best way of handling it in my mind and tell the doctor for sure about the migraines and the panic attacks and they can go from there. Best of luck. Chuck1957
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