I have a severe panic disorder and have been suffering for over 12 years of my life now. I started with Klonopins 0.25 mg 2 times daily and has no real effect to it. It seems as if it causes more anger and depression on myself. I tried a Xanax from a friend and found it fast acting and sedating with put my panic attacks at rest. I took a 1mg and my doctors said that Klonopins I'd all they can prescribe me even though Xanax worked better. There all benzos so why am I having trouble getting something that actually works. Should I take more Klonopins to calm me down for the panic attacks ? I also asked for a higher dose instead of taking more than prescribed but again no. I'm sick of suffering. This drug abuse makes it hard for the ones in need. Help with positive answers please ;( I'm young and want to feel normal already! Not known as the panic attack girl. Thank you
Hey Love; Sadly your story is not uncommon at all. Those of us that suffer from this condition have to fight and scratch are way out because of all the abuse by others. Sounds like your doctors office has some policy about which anti anxiety medications they well use. You just might have to change doctors or try and discuss this more with your doctor. There are many things that can help you still so don't loose hope. I also started having panic attacks at about 18 y/o and have had them really all my life that I can remember but at about 20 I started seeing doctors to see what was going on, And have tried Xanax, and Klonopin which I am using Klonopin still now. But most the time it takes more than just the Klonopin have they ever tried one of the anti-anxiety,anti-depressants on you like one of the SSRI medications.
Most people with what I call this is a chemical imbalance, We are born with and it's getting it under control. If you have not tried one of these with the Klonopin that would be a very good choice. Most people can get there anxiety and panic attack under better control this way. So that you are controlling it and it is not controlling you. But there was a time where I had to fight just to get out of the house. These days I take Effexor and Klonopin and I very rarely have a panic attack. If you would like to talk more about this problem let me know if you have used anything other than the Klonopin. And we can go from there. Have a good weekend. The last thing you want to do is take someone else's Xanax or Increase the dose on your own with the Klonopin or you well run out early and the doctor well not refill it. Please feel free and respond and let me know more about your anxiety history. There is hope and you do not have to feel this way. Get back to me and we well see where to go from there. On this board there are many people that suffer from the same problems and can help you. But if nothing else I would ask the doctor what else can you take to try and control your anxiety attacks, such as good starters would be Paxil, or Zoloft or Prozac. Just know that if the doctor well try one sometimes they make you feel worse for the first week or two, Then the increased feelings go away. But you would have your Klonopin to help with increased anxiety during that time period. Please feel free to write back. Don't give up you must stay Positive. and believe me you well feel much better in time.
I'm so sorry if anyone would call you 'panic attack girl.' That's just rude. Something I've learned by now, our words do have a way of coming back around and slapping us in the face. Just keep that in mind. You say you're pretty young, at any age it's tough to have to suffer through any mental health matter. I know. Trust me. Without a bunch of extra detail I really just wanted to point out one thing, it may or may not be something to consider. You've been taking .25 mg of Klonopin (generic version clonazepam) twice a day. Got it. That's half a milligram per day. You felt a noticeable difference when you took the xanax, as well you should have! You'd definitely notice if you were to take four times your normal dose of the Klonopin, right? Seems fairly logical.
I realize they are different meds, but they are both benzos, used for the anxiety... And in my personal experience theres just not a HUGE difference in the two. In my opinion, I think you were on the right track when you mentioned something about upping the dose on the Klonopin. What you've been taking is not much.
Maybe you could express to your doctor how you're feeling. If you don't feel confident that your doc is caring/listening to your concerns the way they should... Maybe time to move on. Bottom line: It's not necessary for anyone to suffer
Good luck . God bless ya.
hello hope you all are feeling better.I have been taking 2 milligram Xanax 3 times a day for approximately 21 years.sometimes I find them to work if there's a low stress level.but a minimal to moderate stressors makes me want to jump out the window.all them panic attacks that is the most horrible thing that we all must go through I guess.sometimes I feel so nervous over the littlest thing and then it explodes into a big thing from a little thing. but religiously I have only taken what I've been prescribed 2milligrams 3 times a day 21 years I guess they're ok.but as I mentioned above it all depends on certain stressors in your life that for me is difficult sometimes so I just try to do the best I could do.but just a little friendly advice. this is a very dependent drug and it scares me to have to think what I would do if I couldn't get my medication. I had Klonopins and I think they have a longer effect but with a lesser first feeling I think.
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
- Klonopin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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