I've been on Lamictal for about about 8 months, it works great.
BUT....(there's always a but)
I have developed an anxiety/panic problem...AND I DON"T LIKE IT!
I'm going to my PDr. at the end of the month and I want to go in armed.
How does Klonopin affect you and does it make you a vegetable?
M* - I see you are taking it, can you give me some advise? Have you tried any others? Is it better than Xanax? By the way, the double spacing is for you. (LOL)
I was on Klonopin for almost 15 years. I does NOT make you a vegetable. I took 0.5 mg. 2 x's a day. I was able to work..get married..have a child..and it helped my anxiety disorder a GREAT deal. The only problem is that it is a very physically dependant kind of drug and is hard to come off. I was finally weened off it almost a year ago, taking propanalol in transition, and I am fine now. Good luck and I think it did miracles for my life anyway.
Ditto what Melly said, I've been on klonopin 3x daily and it swats down an anxiety/panic attack in a minute but you don't become a docile child. You're very approximate to "normal" But the stuff really is addictive. I lost track of my script refills and went without for a couple of days. My the end of the second day I was curled up in a ball with a migraine, nausea, and shaking. It's not an experience I reccomend.
I am also on Lamictal and klonopin. For a while I had to try to use an alternative to the klonopin, as the person prescribing my meds couldn't prescribe benzo's. Once I got the klonopin back, things got soooo much better. I don't take a large dose, so never have experienced withdrawal. Then again, I get periodic migrains that sound like what reesie was describing, so don't know if I would recognize it. But, no, no zombification. I am just a non-panicked verson of who I am. And that is good.
My son takes 3 .5 mg of Klonopin a day and he is 9. He had severe anxiety problems and was afraid of just about everything. His quality of life changed dramatically with it and it has helped tremendously for him. My husband takes it as well and he said he felt a huge difference with it. I have seen no signs of veggieness at all with it. With my son we use an extra tablet if he is having an extremely agressive day and it calms him down within 10 or 15 minutes.
Good luck with what you decide.
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i have taken klonopin off and on for several years. i don't think it is fast acting enough for really bad anxiety attacks. it is the least addictive but still addictive. i have started taking seroquel and that seem to mellow my mood. not anxious or depressed.
if you are bi-polar you have to find the right combo of meds that help you function,i take prozac,wellbutrin klonopin and one other med,ihave taken these meds for 20 years.as a psych told me being bi-polar is a lifetime illness and to think about the meds i take to function the same way a diabetic thinks about insulin,i dont want to take any pills but everytime i tried to stop in the past i got in one hell of a mess,now i finally accept the fact that i have to take these meds for the rest of my life.your concern about the additive nature of benzodiazepines such as klonopin is like a terminal cancer patient not wanting to take pain meds because they can be addictive.