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 clonazepam 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 BuSpar, 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.
I know this is an old question. Just wondering if you are still taking klonopin. My problem is I can't quit worrying about taking klonopin! It helps but I'm so scared I'm going to get "hooked" on it. But I guess if it helps me I shouldn't worry about it. Just wondering how long you've been on it.
To Iamalady from Pain Pal: I am 59 years of age soon to be 60 I have been on Clonazapam the for over 12 years and will probably take it the rest of my life. When my Benign Essential Tremor first started I was 47 years old so I have taken this Benzo for over 12 years. I think I shall be on it my whole life I take 2 tabs a day 1 milligram a tab so don't worry about taking this drug. I don't take it for anxiety I take it for my tremor which is hereditary my father & my 2 sisters had the same tremor just in different areas my fathers hand shook my sisters also, mine was in my neck & hands. When I first went to a neurologist I was asked if I wanted to go the old route or the new route & I myself didn't even ask what either one of the routes were lol, I just thought if they were still keeping the old route around that it must be the best route to go...
I don't know if that was the right wsy to feel at that point in my life I just wanted to quit shaking in my neck in fact it was very uncomfortable & I couldn't control it at all yes it did cause me some anxiety because I was a waitress & people would look at me & ask me if I had been drinking which made me feel very self conscious & make me shake all the more & give me anxiety It just happened to me over night were one morning I woke up with this tremor. My Family Doctor let me walk around like that for about 4 years before I told him one day that it was effecting my job which was very sad that he didn't seem to notice when I saw him for my physicals he finally sent me to a neurologist. OMG what a difference in just one day. My Neurologist told me that I would probably have to up the dosage until it was regulated he also told me that as I got older I would have to up the dosage because when you get older that I would have to take more because the tremor would come out more. Well the first 1 milligram tab only helped me for about 3 days the first day I was so relaxed & felt great then it was where I started shaking again after just those 3 days so he upped my Clonazapam to 2 pills a day. That seemed to work I have been on 1 milligram 2 times a day for 11 years now. At one point when I opened the restaurant that I worked at I would get up at 3:15 am go & open the restaurant by 5:00 am I went up to 3 1 milligram pills a day, since I know longer do that I brought myself down to 2 1 milligram pills a day yet again it makes me feel normal I do not shake which did give me some anxiety but that s not why I took the pill it was for the shaking. What I take & what you take is what helps us feel ok I know I'm going to be on it forever. I also know it's ok get your rest don't drink more then 1-2 cups of coffee a day
It doesn't make me feel good it just makes me feel normal by not shaking like a leaf & drawing attention to myself. What I take is 2 mills a day that would put most people to sleep all day. You yourself said it made you feel good that will wear off & you will just feel normal & you might have to take more just to feel normal You never said what you were taking this clonazapam for do you mind if I ask ? Please post me back like I said I am soon to be 60 & started taking this drug when I was 47. I wish you nothing but the best if you are taking a benzo why be embarrassed or afraid of it for me it saved my life. No more neck pain & no more tremor... Sincerly Pain Pal PS. Did you know that Katherine Hepburn had an Benign Essential Tremor it was in her voice & neck watch some of her movies when she was young & as she got older she was a very successful woman right ? RIGHT !!!
Hi again Iamalady this is Pain Pal you did say why you were taking clonazapam & I'm sorry that I didn't understand what GAD was I do now & I apologize for asking why you take them I'm sure I have the same thing also my general physician says I have a mutant brain cell which I think he does for letting me walk around shaking like a leaf for over 4!5 years anyway I think we are ok & will be. I remember that I went into emergency for stitches once & the emergency doctor was more concerned about my shaking then he was about my 15 stitches lol that was before my general physician finally sent me to a neurologist. I do apologize it's early morning & I can't sleep or see correctly what was written right before my eyes & I read your post 3 times & saw that you did say why you were taking clonazapam like I said Katharine Hepburn had tremors & she did fine we are all different & I think we will be fine taking these benzos as prescribed.
I am 70 years old and have been taking Klonopin 1mg for insomnia every night for about 30 years! Recently, I've been waking up after 5 hours, so often take another one to get 2 hours more sleep. My memory is better than most of my friends. When I don't take the 2nd one, I am exhausted and feel sick all day. My cousin is 79 and has been taking it for 40 years! We are both still working professionals and quite sharp, if I do say so myself! I do worry about taking th 2nd one. My doctor doesn't think it's a great idea, but my choice is to feel crappy all day or risk dementia. I guess I choose the former. No sign of dementia yet!
Only persons like us can understand and appreciate the responses that are seen here. I have been on the generic k-pin for 12 years (first on and off and now 1 mg. during the nite when I wake to go to the bathroom). I wake in a great mood with no anxiety and the day is wonderful.
I have severe S.A.D. and this morning I almost bawled thinking about going thru this for the next 3 months (I live in Southern CA) which is called here "June Gloom" but usually begins in April and lasts thru June. It cannot be explained to others who are "normal"??? that S.A.D. is like having nausea every morning and vomiting and saying to yourself that you will be fine in a few hours but meanwhile you just want to die and get the sickness over with. Especially knowing that it will happen again tomorrow, the next day, etc. for the next few months.
This morning I hesitated to take a 1/2 k-pin but finally said "oh well" and now I feel normal again. I have taken so many supplements, essential oils, various therapies and talk therapy which do nothing as quickly and thoroughly like this pill. I believe that "quality of life" is the most important thing in my world. There are many things beyond my control and sometimes it gets the better of me but being on k-pin makes me see the good in my life.
Thank you everyone for your comments; they are a lifeline!
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