My tolerance is so high that the pm dose doesn't even help me sleep. What are the long term effects of this drug? I need to get off the Adderall according to my pdoc more than the Clonazepam. I agree, but read about others struggles with the Clonazepam/they have been on a lower dose.
I'm not sure what all the long term consequences are of taking Clonazepam everyday. Physical and possibly psychological dependency are probably the main ones. You've been taking that drug for a long time. I hope you've had a very competent doc giving it to you, and I hope you really needed it. If so than that's fine. But I've seen too often where a doc who even I thought was competent, really wasn't so much. Some of them do feel guilty and responsible once you make them understand they fucked you up. But nevertheless, it's you who then has the problem. Not them. So I just hope you needed all that Klonopin. As you may know, Klonopin is a Benzodiazapine. That means several things. One is that it causes physical and psychological dependency or even addiction. But the bad thing is you can't just quit a Benzo abruptly. With any Benzo, you have to slowly wean off it.
If you don't you can have seizures, or in the worst cases a few people died from trying to quit Cold Turkey. After 7.5 years you're going to have to taper off very slowly, over a long period of time. I hope your doc knows how to do that. If done properly you won't suffer much. So let us hope so.
As far as I know with Adderall, depending on how long you have been on it, you can stop almost abruptly, or at least quite quickly, compared to a Benzo. You'll be tired, and possibly even exhausted. Maybe even some depression. I took Adderall for a few months, and when I had to quit it, there was little to no depression at all. This is in stark contrast to Methamphetamine. Methamphetamine used to make me so depressed I almost never wanted to use it again. But Adderall is a mixture of 4 different amphetamines, and for me, they have developed a compound that no longer makes me depressed when I have to stop it.
Why did your doc say you have to quit the Adderall first? May I ask.
As far as the Klonopin goes (can't comment on the Adderall) - at one point I was taking 2-3 mg of Klonopin a day, and had been for several years. I decided that was going to change and over the next two years I steadily dropped a little bit at a time - .25 mg for a month, two months, however long was needed till I was comfortable at that lower dose then I would lower it by .25 mg again. It has taken close to 3 years but I am down now to .25 - .5 mg per day. What a difference! You can do this too - you have all the time in the world to make a change. Just decide to do it and take baby steps - before you know it you are there. Best wishes to you -
Has no side effects with long term use as long as the dose is limited without increasing
And side effects, it appeared still after a period of use
Increasing the dosage is what causes the emergence of side effects
Not recommended to use this property for long periods of time, but in the case of seizure disorders
Okay, I'm a pharmacist in the U.S. Do to reasons regarding the possibility of my license being taken away from me I'm using a fake name for my username and I will not give our my location of work and town of living.
Since you have been on the drug Clonazepam for over 7 years on a dose of 2mg BID (twice a day) your body has become dependent on the drug therefor your talorince level to the drug has increased do to the body being used to the dose you are currently percribed. Clonazepam is the generic drug for Klonopin which is manly used for people that have high anxiety along with certain types of seizures, specifically Mal, Akinetic, Myoclonus all of which are different types of seizures, and in some cases it may be used for Lennox-Gastaut syndtome. 2mg of Clonazepam is not equal to 2mg of Alprazolam (Xanax) it's more around 1mg of Alprazolam. All these drugs are members of the Benzodiazepine family which are all downers. These are also all C3 drugs
Now you also mentioned that you are taking Adderall as well. Adderall is a C2 drug meaning that it is a highly addictive, and we'll known drug that's abused. It's used primarily for ADHD patients and patients with Narcolepsy. It contains Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine which are means that Adderall is an upper, it's kind of like speed which is one reason it is a C2 drug.
The combination of the two drugs will react with each other and basically they cancel each other out, one being a high dose downer (Clonazepam) and the other being a high dose upper (Adderall).
There for it is recommended to lower dose of Adderall because they cancel each other out, and since you mentioned you are having trouble sleeping at night which is known as insomnia, Adderall would be the better drug to slowly wean yourself off of. But do not just stop taking out cold turkey, like I said before it's a C2 drug, and depending on the dosage you are currently on the withdrawals could and will be extremely painful to get through, and they will last for about 7 days and you will have symptom such as, full body weakness, night sweats, night chills, a migraine head ache that will last most of the detoxification, stiffness in your legs and arms, full body pain (I have experienced heavy withdrawals before in my life, multiple times in my life. I am and will always be an addict but I've been clean for 8 years and will never go through that again), and there are many other symptoms involved with withdrawing. So have your doctor slowly decrease your daily dose and dosage strange, you will still have some withdrawals but they will be much easier to handle by being weaned off Adderall slowly. I would also talk to your doctor about switching over to a different Benzodiazepine for anxiety like Diazepam (Valium), or lorazapam (Ativan), or possibly Alprazolam (Xanax) but if the doctor does give you Alprazolam make sure you stay off at a low dose because your tolerance level will grow a little faster then the others. And once you get to a point eat the Alprazolam doesn't seem to be working then you can switch back to Clonazepam because by then your tolerance level to that drug will have dropped down. Doctors won't normally tell patients tricks like this because it will lower the amount of visits to the office which means less money for them, trust me when I say that doctors are some of the biggest scam artist's our there. Now if you do have a past history of seizures tell your doctor you want Keppra, it's a great anticonvulsant drug. It does take about s week to build up in your system before it will really take effect. It's not one of those drugs you swallow and it starts working with in 15 - 20 minutes, but I promise you that Keppra is one of the best anticonvulsant drugs on the market and it's non addictive, now I'm not saying you won't eventually gain a tolerance level to it as well you can gain a tolerance level from any drug even Tylenol.
So I hope that my insight helped you out some with your question. And if you have any others that you would like to ask me, well just message me on my profile page.
I am a U.S. Pharmacist but I will not give out information explaining how to abuse drugs in any way shape or form. I will answer your questions if they have to do with getting off addictive narcotics, or questions about certain drugs you may have found stashed away in your son/daughter/husband/wife/sibling and so on, and how to go about approaching them the right way so that they admit to addiction and drug abuse and possibly ask for help to get clean right then and there. I'll even help getting you started with getting clean, and staying clean.
Hi, I'm new to this site and came across several Q&A's regarding the subject of "how to safely stop taking clonazepam" (which is what I searched, obviously). After reading several stories and other's responses, I feel obliged to have some input. I was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety second semester of my senior year in college. It all began with a severe panic attack in the middle of a class. From then on I became so anxious and scared at the thought of having a panic attack that I was actually psyching myself into having attacks. I remember one occasion where I was grocery shopping and just left the store with a half full cart of groceries in the middle of an aisle. It had gotten to the point where I didn't know whether to sit or stand. I ended up showing up at my parents house in the middle of the night in the middle of the week.
This, luckily, led them to seek help for me. Through therapy and medication along with amazing professors, I graduated that semester. It wasn't easy and there were times when I didn't think I was going to make it, but I did and I'm very proud of myself for that. Since then, I've continued therapy and medication; however, the medications have changed over the years. I started with Lexapro then changed to Prozac and have been taking Effexor XR for the past 4 years occompanied with Clonazepam (dosages have ranged from .5mg to 1mg/bid-tid). I've been on Clonazepam for 8 years now. Two years ago, my Psychiatrist diagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder and added Lamictal. This past April, my fiancé and I got married. He's 34 and I'm 31. After doing some research on my own and talking things over with my doctor, she has me on a step-down plan that has been going well. I was taking 100mg/day of Lamictal and after cutting that in half for two months, I am now completely off the Lamictal. The withdrawal symptoms I've noticed are a little nausea and irritability coupled with some insomnia. I also believe these are w/d symptoms of just taking 1mg of Clonazepam at night to keep me somewhat sane and to aide in sleep. I'm REALLY nervous about the withdrawals from Effexor. I'm currently taking 150mg; however, my doctor is prescribing that I take 150mg one day and 75mg the next continuing to alternate the two until I am comfortable with just taking 75mg. I keep reading that slow and steady is the best to keep the withdrawals at a minimum and a healthy diet and exercise routine to go along, but I'm that kind of person who has the hardest time self-motivating. I can tell myself it's going to be great in the long run, you're going to feel and be healthy and can look forward to having children, but I need a lot of healthy outside influence. I struggle with daily tasks as is such as getting dressed on a daily basis. Now, when I have to work (outside influence) I do so but if I don't have to be somewhere doing something, I'm usually at home in my pajamas sleeping (b/c I couldn't sleep the night before) or watching TV. And I hate this about myself. I want to exercise and cook a healthy meal for myself and my husband or get involved volunteering and making new friends. Simple things in life that so many take for granted. Am I alone in how I feel? Has anyone conquered this or conquering this intense battle? Any suggestions on what else I can do to have a better quality of life while coming off of these horrible numbing pills and looking forward to what I hope to be a happy and colorful future?
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 15 Nov 2011 • 4 answers
Posted 10 Jun 2012 • 68 answers
Posted 1 Jun 2014 • 5 answers
Posted 21 Feb 2017 • 3 answers
I am desperate and searching for answers.. I have been taking two 0.5 mg. a night of Clonazepam for?
Posted 20 Apr 2017 • 2 answers