Anxiety Community
Is it alright to have a script for both Valium and Klonopin?
About This Community:

A community of people with Anxiety offering support through your health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: sleeping, mood swings, panic attacks, and disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Is it alright to have a script for both Valium and Klonopin?

I take Klonopin to function day to day with a tremendous anxiety diagnosis and because the with the terminal illness I have (HIV) it is very unsafe to carry around stress, it can even cause my "count" to worsen, causing my medication to not work as well, as it would if I were stress free. It's been a life saver (literally). Although It keeps me on an even keel, It does not prevent the SEVERE panic attacks I suffer from on sometimes a daily basis. I asked for a prescription of Valium to ease the attacks or nip it in the bud when I feel one coming on or as a preventative measure when I know I'm going to be in a stressful situation. I take 10 mg of Valium when needed and 1 mg of Klonopin  2 times a day. Sometimes the thought or fear of a panic attack will bring one on. I had been prescribed Xanax for my panic attacks but it altered my perception and caused memory loss, but Valium works well for me and I don't feel "zoned out" like the Xanax made me feel. I've never felt better, I've never lived so peacefully. Is what I am doing harmful in any way. By the way. I'm a non-drinker and completely "drug" free. Almost everyone I know smokes marijuana, I can't, don't, and won't smoke it, not because I feel there is anything wrong with it, it's just the 3 or 4 times I've tried it, (mainly for friends who think I would benefit from it) I have NOT enjoyed it at all. In fact it's caused paranoia and almost caused a panic attack, one of the very things I fear most. Am I putting my health in jeopardy by using these 2, seemingly very helpful, quality of life enhancing medications. As you may perhaps have picked up on, I'm hoping the answer is that I'm doing the right thing here, lol! Thank you :)
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
8221281_tn?1397574572
MY OPIINON is that is highly unlikely you are harming yourself.  Let your pharmacist know your concerns she should be able to put your mind at ease. It is not uncommon to have an anchor med and a breakthrough med. I'm glad to hear Valium is working well for you. Just take it as directed and maintain open communication with your doctor.  Try not to take Klonopin and Valium at the same time. If you were drinking I might have a different opinion.
Blank
480448_tn?1426952138
It's not unheard of for someone to be prescribed two benzos concurrently, but it IS something you should be vigilant about, adhering to the dosage instructions, and taking the as needed Valium only when absolutely needed.  Has your doc suggested an increase in the Klonopin?  That may have made more sense initially.  How long have you been taking the Klonopin?  Who prescribes these meds for you?  A psychiatrist?  Your ID doc?

Just make sure you are keeping the lines of communication open with the prescribing doctor, and I would also recommend maybe trying something a bit more appropriate for longer term management of anxiety, like an antidepressant.  

Take care, let us know what the doctor says and what the plan is!
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
RhaRha123 added the Anxiety/Panic Tracker
7 mins ago
13415927_tn?1430705118
Blank
zoe_zozo physical pain is a welcome ... Comment
10 hrs ago
13841903_tn?1432257394
Blank
kallieek added the Sleep Tracker
10 hrs ago
Blank
Anxiety Tracker
Track Anxiety Symptoms
Start Tracking Now
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
480448_tn?1426952138
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
LRon
MI
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
anxiety860
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
DYSLEXIC
notts, United Kingdom
Anxiety Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
20 hrs ago by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
20 hrs ago by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
480448_tn?1426952138
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
LRon
MI
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
anxiety860
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
DYSLEXIC
notts, United Kingdom