I am 61 and just started clonazapam for GAD. I cannot take SSRIs, can't tolerate side effects. I managed to not need a benzo for 21 years by taking Buspar, but it is not strong enough for my recent problems. I have to be on something lifelong now to keep from relapsing. I am hoping to find members who are my age and need to be on clonazapam for life, as I feel alone in my age group. I do not have panic attacks, just GAD. I hope to live into my 90s and wonder if I can take this at that age? Hope so, I am very healthy otherwise and my mom is 91 and grandma died at 97. I really like the clonazapam and how it makes me feel, if I could just stop worrying about it. I would like only positive feedback as I don't want to add to my anxiety. Thank you for listening.
I just turned 63, and I have been on clonazepam for over 20 years. It was prescribed for me first because a neurologist had diagnosed a "temporal lobe brain wave disorder," and as a child I had been diagnosed as having "petite mal epilepsy." I saw a therapist and a psychiatrist when my 90 year old mother was placed in a hospice. My Mom begged my sister not to make her go (she'd been living with my older sister for several years and my sister was burned out.) And my Mom begged me to let her come live with me and my husband, but all concerned felt that with my health problems, it would be too much for me. (My Mom has since died - a little over a year ago.) The psychiatrist got my clonazepam dosage up to 8 mg. a day for over 7 years. I've been gradually cutting down and am at 2 mg when I (try to) go to sleep.
I just found a new primary care physician, and she told me not to try to taper down any further until I had been checked out by a neurologist to see if I still needed the clonazepam, and if so, what dosage. Apparently there IS a possibility that I may need to stay on it for the rest of my life! I have longevity on both sides of my family - one aunt lived to be 105! But I have other health issues (heart disease, Type II diabetes, etc.) and I'm on a lot of meds! I'm glad I found a PCP I think I can trust and work well with, but like she says, nothing changes until I've been seen by a neurologist. If I have to stay on it, I just want to understand everything there is to understand about the situation. I'm just tired of all the meds, all the doctors, and all the fear. The right PCP is my first step in the right direction. From now on I'm going to be very cautious about taking ANY new meds. But I don't want to live in fear of seizures. I almost wish I had gone to med school myself! Hope this lets you know you are not alone!
thank u for your question. i am 66 and i have been on clonazapam for approx 30 years.
drs have been trying to treat my problem of anxiety with every anti depressent there
has every been. talk about a horror show. needless to say i have and hopefully will
never try another. recently along with 1to 2 mg of clon daily i have been taking 30mg
of buspar. started 2 months ago. i immediately saw a difference, believe it or not. never
felt as calm, focussed, my memory improved and couldn't say more, my need for clon
has declined, i take 1mg at night to help me sleep, but during the day coulldn't care less... now the sad part, after now starting my 3rd month on buspar beginning to see a change, not so much during the day, but my nights have turned upside down. i have insomnia and my anxiety is 110% during my sleeping hrs. i cannot stop the negativity no matter what. i DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP ON BUSPAR EVER, but my nights are making me crazy. i certainly know that the GAD is what has been my problem all along now i have found some relief, and i cant bare to come of it. sounds
absolutely crazy how this makes me feel... its like i flip a coin, great help on days, but turn it over and my nights are a nitemare. thank u for listening and do not fear staying on clon if it helps IF anyone can help with the of side effects i am having with busbar, Please respond I am so confused. thank u
I realze this is an older question, but felt the need to let you all know about long term use of benzodiazepines. My psychiatrist is the one that warned me.There has been a recent study that people that take benzo's long term at ages 60+ that it causes dementia for a big percent of patients that were followed throughout many years in the study. My psych explained to me that there has been many studies on it that were not conclusive, but the newest studies found it to be true. I totally trust my psych doc, but thought I would do research on it myself and I found what she said was an absolute truth. I also found that the dementia usually occures when using the benzo's that have a longer half life such as valium, klonopin, ativan and down the line. The articles said the short acting benzo's such as xanax etc also can cause dementia, but mostly it's the longer acting benzo's. The study is for long term use.. I wish you all the best and hope it doesn't affect anyone in a negative way.
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