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Old 02-22-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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Long term use of Klonopin for social anxiety: any tips?

I know that long term regular use of any benzos is not desirable: tolerance, addiction, problems with cognition and memory, etc. I know from personal experience. However, assuming I have decided to take Klonopin on a long term basis – as other treatments are just not adequate for me - do people have any advice on how to use Klonopin responsibly and prudently?

Some issues I am curious about are 1) are drug holidays useful to avoid tolerance, and how often 2) avoiding alcohol 3) using in combination with beta blockers like Inderal to minimize Klonopin 4) using cognitive behavior therapy in conjunction with Klonopin 5) is there another benzo that is more suited for long term regular use for social anxiety sufferers. Thank you.

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Old 02-24-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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Re: Tips for long term use of Klonopin for social anxiety

I would also be interested in hearing from people who have used Inderal or other Beta blockers over the long term for social anxiety.

 
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:07 AM   #3
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Re: Tips for long term use of Klonopin for social anxiety

Well, I have been on .5 mg Klonopin every evening for anxiety, I feel much better. I dont have any memory problems. I dont mind staying with this long term, I just dont want to increase it

 
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Re: Tips for long term use of Klonopin for social anxiety

beta blockers reduce the physical anxiety problems such as blushing, sweating, the shakes, hammering heart and go well with a benzo

re benzos long term, IMO its best to not take the same dose every day as outr anxiety levels usually vary a lot. a small insurance dose with more tablets carried with you when out is best, they work fastest if the tablet is disolved under the tongue
CBT will always help everyone

I dont think taking these meds j just before bed is helpful as this may stop your ability to fall asleep naturally, also IMO, none of them last 24 hours
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