Klonopin Benzodiazepines, Anxiety Attacks, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax
Klonopin (and all the other benzodiazepines) have ruined many many lives - beware.
Cmbandrwb - I agree with you that these types of medications have ruined many lives. Especially those who abuse the medication. I have anxiety attacks and was prescribed 1-2 .5mg per day. I only take .25mg in the am and .25mg in the pm to control my anxiety attacks. It has worked. I have been on this medication for a year and haven't had to increase my dose. If you ask my opinion I think that Klonopin is much less dangerous than the other fast acting benzodiazepines like xanax, valium, etc. I think you just have to be really careful and constantly in communication with your doctor and things will be fine. If you abuse this medication it is dangerous.
Avgconsum - I was continually getting sicker and sicker over the course of years taking this drug and doctors could not connect the dots- they did not realize I was in tolerance withdrawal which can hapen after you have been taking this drug for more than two weeks consecutively. I now know that this drug supresses the HPA Axis, effects the following neurotransmitters either directly or indirectly: GABA, Serotonin, Dopamine, Noepinephrine, and Acetycholine- increases Glutamate levels, blunts CRH in the brain. If you look up 'Benzodiazepine Dependence' in Wikipedia you can read more about it. Another good resource is Pubmed. You may want to go to Benzobuddies.org to find out more information. I was taken off this drug too quickly and was plunged into a physical and mental hell that is litterally indescribable. It has bee 19 months since my last dose and I still suffer numerous prtracted withdrawal symptoms. Doctors iatrogenically addict patients to this drug then have no idea the withdrawal syndrome even exists past 30 days- and therefore disregard any ongoing complaints from their patients. The United Kingdom is aware of this problem and is the only country actively working on changing the prescribing laws. The Ashton Manual (which you can read on-line if you do a search) is a helpful tool ahich you can print out and bring to your doctor. It provides clinical informationon the withdrawal and tapering schedules. The Parliament in the UK is using this manual as a guide.