Apr 02, 2008
I have suffered from panic attacks for 31 yrs., and am so tired of the roller coaster of drugs for this disease. I wish I'd have never taken my first prescribed drug, but you're so desperate when you are agorophic, a single parent with a baby and 4 yr. old depending on you, that you do what the professionals suggest. I started 31 yrs. ago on Valium, then was put on Xanax to get off the Valium, and 25 yrs. ago was put on Klonopin, then Clonazapem when that came out, and have been on it for 25 years now, and feel worse than I did 31 yrs. ago. I went inpatient in 07/06 for severe depression which I had developed, and kept questioning everyone, which I've done over the years, as to whether 25 yrs on the Clonazapem could be CAUSING problems. None of the professionals would give me an answer. I'm now on disability for the depression, and have no Medicare until 12/08. I want to get off of this drug so bad, and have tried to wean myself (I take 1 mg. 3 times daily) slowly from it, .5 mg at a time for about a month, but I get down to about 2 mg., and feel so awful. But I feel awful everyday on it, too, so what do I do? My Dr. is just a GP, and doesn't seem at all concerned as to how I am feeling or the length of time I've been on it, nor did the Drs. @ the mental health institution. I've never been a depressed person, and I've read so many posts from people saying that Klonopin/Clonazapem caused depression, and that's what I've always wondered with myself. I don't even feel like my mind is in my body most of the time. I hate taking drugs, and have asked so many times over the years about all of these crappy drugs, and am always assured they're not addictive, and that the warnings on that they provide with the prescriptions are just "rare", and they have to list them. What a load of ****! Has anyone successfully gotten off a 3 mg daily for 25 yr. addiction to this devil drug? I want my old fun self back. Heck, I'd take the panic attacks over the way I feel now. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!