CLONAZEPAM: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Bipolar Disorder: “Since a teenager I was thought to be just depressed (2 suicide attempts and months in hospitals). I spent my early years on Welbutren(sp?) at 18 after another episode, I was switched to Zoloft. I stayed on that for almost 2 years, but would go from feeling nothing at all, to pacing in my room not able to sleep for days. Scared to death about everything. After I’d come out of these phases, that some times lasted months, I would sit back and be embarrassed for all my outrageous actions (quitting colleges, acquiring far too many ferrets, because I honestly believed they’d save me, only wearing one outfit but insisting to do my laundry every day etc…) Finally at the age of 24 I was prescribed Klonopin. .05 mg up to 3 Times a day. 90 a month. Suddenly I could sleep again. I didn’t believe in mysterious rituals, I could actually hold down a job. I was diagnosed with Bipolar depression and got prescribed Klonopin paired with lexapro. It has literally been life changing.”

Marissa K. March 13, 2018

For Insomnia: “I was on 1 mg for a night for about 10 years. I started to cut the dose as I wanted to quit. The side effects are horrible. Shaky, not grounded my head is all fuzzy. I have been trying to quit for 9 months now. I’m getting there. This pill is very addicting and horrible to quit. Stevie Nicks once said that this pill was tougher to quit than cocaine.”

Coca (taken for 10 years or more) March 8, 2018

For Anxiety: “I was struck by lightning 4 years ago and finally saw a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with PTSD on top of the untreated bipolar and anxiety disorders that I already have. She prescribed clonazepam for anxiety which I’ve taken in the past with no problems at all. (Also meds for bipolar and PTSD) The anxiety from the lightning strike has altered my life completely. I’m obsessed with monitoring the weather and will not leave the house if I know a storm is coming. I’m constantly reliving the strike and I live in an area where it storms regularly. This whole experience has been completely debilitating as I constantly live in a state of fear. I really want my life back so I hope this helps!”

Nikki March 4, 2018

For Anxiety: “It works pretty good for anxiety but not panic attack’s and it helps me sleep”

Babe (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 1, 2018

For Anxiety: “Was on Xanax and then Klonopin for 10 years. Then I ran into a doctor who refused to prescribe it anymore and cut me off pretty much cold turkey. It’s been the worst year of my life. Have been experiencing a lot of health issues that I do believe are due to anxiety now. I’ve had heart problems, major depression, severe anxiety disorder. My new doctor today said she could try a week’s worth to see how I felt and if I felt like it was working I could go to a psychiatrist and get on a plan. I’ve only taken one but I’m already more relaxed, my heart rate is down my blood pressure is down and I can actually think. Plan to keep it as an as-needed drug but with only a half a milligram I feel normal tonight. I’m almost 60 and I really don’t care if I have to take it the rest of my life. I just want to feel normal”

CJ (taken for less than 1 month) February 24, 2018

For Insomnia: “The idiot doctor who prescribed this to me for a sleep aid. He told me nothing about the dangers and he had me taking this for three years and eight months. He never said anything about having to taper from this until the end when he refused to renew my prescription because he said I “was no longer his patient.” I said I don’t have enough pills left for a taper. All he said was that I better find a new doctor soon. That was in December of 2012. By then I was out. I found a doctor who would give it to me for a taper. I tapered for 8.5 months. But it was too late. I got tinnitus in the third month and then two weeks later the derealization began. I have been living in hell since then. That’s right…I have been in a complete horror show of derealization now for a little over five years. And it is worse today than ever. That alone is so hard to fathom because all of the days are a horrifying hell. Good luck to all who are suffering with this terror. “

docblade February 23, 2018

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