i take sertraline and clonazepam they help me out alot :)
thank you for your answer. I've taken sertraline in the past, and I'm sure it'll help, but I can't help feeling a little anxious about Clonazepam. I've heard horror stories about people getting addicted to it and suffering from withdrawal and rebound symptoms. Hence the worry.
You can experience withdrawal symptoms from practically any psych med.
i don't get withdrawals :)
what is your dosage of clonazepam?
and how long have you been taking it? i mean, you get to hear the usual horror stories about people getting used to a low dosage, then having to take more and more, etc. what is your experience? me, i take 0.75-0.5 mg, make tiny fragments with a pill-cutter, and keep having those thrice to four times a day, along with a Zoloft 50mg at night. I was recommended Zyprexa as well, but I'm not having that anytime soon.
Those horror stories you hear is called building a tolerance most likely. Some people are unlucky enough to experience this to all meds and have to constantly swap meds which I know one person who is in the psych ward a lot because they go there to be in a safe environment while their meds adjust because they develop tolerance to the meds. Also, when you relapse you generally have to have your meds increased or changed because they lose effectiveness.
i know about tolerance i take the pill to sleep if i had to cut the pill i would not :)
I hope I won't be that unlucky :-) The pill-cutting method is working fine so far, and I'll switch over to titration (dissolution of clonazepam in hot water and ingestion of progressively smaller amounts of the solution) when my doctor recommends me to go off it. anyway, I am waiting for the zoloft to kick in. It was a big help the last time.
Antipsychotics and anticonvulsants are sometimes prescribed for anxiety. I was also given zyprexa (used off label) for anxiety and depression. Please make sure to ask your doctor about side effects of this medication. I gained 50lbs while on zyprexa and developed glucose tolerance problems.
We really do not know how these medications work, or the long term effects. At the end, it is a chemical you are adding to your brain. However I do not think they cause schizophrenia in non schizophrenics. Everyone is different though.
I think it will be smart to ask about other alternatives and the pros and cons of each one.
I used clonazepam years ago for anxiety/panic attacks. I was told to take it only for 6 months since it can cause dependence.
I was a panic attack sufferer. It is very important that you try to find the source of anxiety in your life, as well as do exercise or breathing techniques. (That helped me). Do not only rely on the medication. If you do not find the cause of the problem, all you will be doing is to mask the problem with medications.