I just started this medicine and it helps more than anything I have tried so far. Over the past 6 years I have tried antidepressants, anti anxiety, meds for sleep and Xanax which was the worst. If I can stay on Klonopin I feel like I can finally get back to the person I used to be. Wish I had had it sooner. I actually wake up feeling "normal" and not in a total panic.
Is it safe to take Klonopin indefinitely?
Question posted by Hoping for help on 2 Sep 2021
Last updated on 14 October 2021
There is evidence that the long term use of benzodiazepines can cause cognitive dysfunction, new or increased anxiety, and new or increased depression in some cases. In addition they can also cause some physical disorders and they are addictive.
What it comes down to is a risk -vs- benefit situation.
Apparently: my dr. has had me on it for 35+ yrs. It would be interesting to know if the changes in the brain are permanent and therefore "indefinitely" is safe.
I am 72 and I started taking Klonopin at 67, after being on Valium, which I really liked, for a long time. But was told, in my age Klonopin is safer, than Valium. So, I have been taking Klonopin and will take it as long as I live. I need it.
For a 61-year woman, who worries about taking Klonopin for a long time, I would say “Relax, just don’t abuse this medication “. But I am not a doctor.
I’ve taken clonazepam (generic Klonopin) since February 2021 due to MDD. When unable to sleep or eat my GP prescribed Mirtazapine. That has helped for all but lingering anxiety. I’m taking the clonazepam during the daytime. My GP and I are trying to reduce the daily need as that would be the best but, at this time I still need to take it. I limit to no more than .50mg/day. I follow doctor’s instructions and take much less than I’m allowed. If I will need it indefinitely, I accept that. Many people take this med for a variety of medical conditions.
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