And at what milligram and for how long? I only want good stories. I can’t take anymore horror stories. I have already been on it everyday for four years and now the dose is at 2 mg daily. I’m scared and could use some positive stories.
Who takes Klonopin long term for anxiety, depression, OCD- whatever?
Question posted by Hysterical on 8 Dec 2020
Last updated on 6 June 2023 by maxieGRetreiv
I was diagnosed with non-military PTSD 27 years ago. My psych in CA said I had major depression with anxiety. I forget the antidepressant, but he also had me on trazodone for quite a while - kept increasing it until I experienced so many side effects... Moved to AZ & my psych here said that my diagnosis was incorrect - I had major anxiety with some depression (when the anxiety became too severe or lasted too long, I became depressed). He started me on 5 mg of Klonopin a bedtime (since it makes a person drowsy most of the time) plus 2-3 during the day as needed. Plus Lexapro in the AM for depression.
I have weaned down to 2 mg of Klonopin at bedtime and nada during the day - with one Lexapro in AM. My Dr does not know it; but I have been weaning myself down on the Klonopin - I decreased by 1/4 mg for a full month, then down another 1/4 mg... I am now down to 1 mg at bedtime. I have had a decent life since being placed on Klonopin and would not trade it for the major anxiety and depression that I had dealt with for quite some time. I do hope to eventually be totally off of it. But I am staying at this level for several months before I decrease it again. NEVER go off of a Rx cold-turkey. Asking for lots of potential problems no matter what the drug is. I have experienced no adverse side effects while taking this medication nor during my gradual withdrawal. I have been on Klonopin for at least 21 years - from 5 at bedtime to only 1 mg. No side effects. I am mentally alert.
As a side note: While in my doctor's office fairly recently, she asked me if I was in a hurry to go somewhere? I looked down & realized that I was holding the arms of her chair so tightly - very stressed over current situations. She offered me a "Bach Rescue Pastilles - natural stress relief" - I let it gradually dissolve in my mouth. Within 20-30 minutes, I realized that I was now sitting quietly with my hands in my lap. The doctorstated that many people right away go for another drug - when something natural might take care of the immediate anxiety. I keep a container in my bedroom & kitchen just in case. Rarely take them anymore. But they really take the edge off - without potentially harmful side effects from a drug.
Hope this helps some. Blessings.
I've been on 4 mg/day for about 14 years now. Originally it was prescribed to counteract some side effects of other medications that were causing muscle spasms during sleep and also to more generally help with poor sleep. Unfortunately I can't say my overall health is good but taking Klonopin has helped.
- Klonopin uses and safety info
- Klonopin prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
- Side effects of Klonopin (detailed)
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