Hey there y'all,
As a refresher, I take Wellbutrin 150 mg/day, Viibryd 20 mg/ day, Klonopin, 2 mgs at bedtime plus 3 1 mg prns, and ambien for sleep. I'm noticing the klonopin is less effective lately--I rarely take even 1 prn, maybe once or twice a month. I know we can build up a tolerance to benzos, but if I asked my doc to switch me to xanax or something and rotate them, do you think it would help? I had a total freakout in my Gastroenterologists office this afternoon, crying screaming as loud as I could with that big, hard, black tube going down my throat making me gag, vomit bile, and got yelled at by the doc.
RE: anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, social phobia, DID?
- 4 Nov 2011 by heartsgrace
- 19 Nov 2011
- post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder
Hey there y'all,
Clonazepam (Klonopin) lasts longer and doesn't have the addiction potential of alprazolam (Xanax). Alprazolam is intended for short-term use only (2-3 weeks). Clonazepam is dosed less often and doesn't have as many ups and downs in anxiety control as lorazepam. There is no one drug that is best for anxiety or PTSD. What works beautifully for one person doesn't work at all for the next one. It's best to work with your doctor to try to find the one that works best for you. Lorazepam is used to relieve anxiety, as you already know. I haven't taken Lorazepam. I've medicated with 4 Klonopin a day and 4 Lamictal and Ambien and 4 Gabapentin. Since I've been medicating with Gabapentin, I have reduced Klonopin to two a day and I feel less depressed PLUS I'm more relaxed. I also sleep much better with less pain. I've medicated with Xanax, however, Klonopin is more effective for me. .I also sleep much better with less pain. I have taken Wellbutrin to stop smoking and it worked beautifully. I've had PTSD for five years, and I'm so terribly sorry that you must go through the pain. It's difficult to know what's it's like unless we go through it. Yeah, I know what you mean about going to a Gastroenterologist. What a pain in the butt! (Thought I'd add a little humor) It certainly does hurt. I despised having the tube down my throat. I have no idea why your DR. would give you a hard time. In my opinion, I would think they'd be use to administering this procedure, and, understanding of the outcome. I've had this done 3 times. Each time I was treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. You've gone through a lot, heartsgrace. I'm quite sure you're a stronger person as a result. I wish I could be more help. Please keep in touch and let me know how you're doing. I also need support from you. Thank you for sharing. God bless you. Anna
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