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Klonopin
Have a few questions about Klonpin.. I have been suffering from anxiety for a while now, and anyways, I could be starting Klonpin this week. but im kinda worried...

First off how effective is this drug for pretty servere anxiety? Also are the withdrawls bad? thats whats causing me to worry the most. Iv read that withdrawls can last for weeks causing even more anxiety, and ughh I dont know, I want to beat this, but im really worried that meds might make it wrose in the end. If I just try a little dose and never up it, just to see how it works, could I suffer withdrawl from just trying it for a month or so?

Any help would be great.
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Withdrawal is a problem when people take high doses for extended periods of time.  Perhaps try a low dose and see if it helps.  Be sure to discuss your concerns with your prescribing doctor.  
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The class of drugs called benzodiazepines are very addictive. You will start to have tolerance after a month. They most cause rebound aniety, terrible withdrawls that can last a year or more. They cause extreeme relaxation and are incredable at taking away anxiety. Why do you think they are so popular on the streets, illegally?  I have been over a year now withdrawaling and hate the doctor that gave me the xanax. Every time I told her how awful I felt she just kept giving me more. Never under estimate how powerful benzos are.


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Ignore what Abby says.  Clonazepam is a long acting benzo.  I have been taking 0.5 mg twice daily for a while now and have built no tolerance.  It is currently believed to be the best drug of choice for long term anxiety treatment, especially panic disorder.  Because Abby had a bad experience with a SHORT ACTING benzo, which is quite different from a long acting benzo, and therefore has negative views toward all bezodiazepines.  Anyway, I wish you the best.

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Hi.  I tend to agree with Joe.  I have never been on xanax or any of the other short acting benzos.  But I am on Klonopin, .5 3 times a day.  It has really helped my GAD.  I also suffer from depression.  It is addictive but it is the one my doc likes the best because it has a longer half life.  I tried to taper down, on my own, but anxiety and nausea started to come back.  I like it but also would like to see a day, some time, when I don't need it. I also take 60 mg. of Celexa daily, as well.
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~quote~  From  Mr.  Joe -  October 7, 2008

I have been taking clonazepam 0.5mg b.i.d. for about a year now. It seems that I have built a tolerance to the medication.

~quote~  From Mr. Joe -  October 26, 2008

Ignore what Abby says. Clonazapam is a long acting benzo. I have been taking 0.5mg twice daily for a while now and have built no tolerance.

Joe where are you???? why are you ignoring me????????????
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