Originally Posted by kaykay5
what do you think of being prescribed Klonopin at bedtime to get to sleep? I have had insomnia for 2 months and was on AMbien for a month and now Klonopin for a month. Both only keep me alseep for 2 hrs. before waking up. Anyway, I've been reading how terrible Klonopin is and how hard it is going to be to withdraw so I'm now scared. I asked the dr about it and he said yes, It willl have to be tapered off for a couple months. Great, why did he give it to me in the first place and keep me on it for a month when it obviously wasn't working.
Anyone have experiences with Klonopin and weaning off?
Sometimes doctors can be jerks, eh? They don't give the patient the bottom line on some of these drugs but they should. There is a free online manual called "The Ashton Manual" by an expert on benzodiazepines like Klonopin. Perhaps you will not have alot of problems tapering if you do it really slowly since you've been on a short time.
It is better to get to the bottom of sleep problems (medical conditions, stress, poor diet, no exercise, some medications, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.) than using a pill which only complicates the matter. Some bouts of insomnia throw off the natural sleep pattern for awhile; if the brain is allowed to go about it's business, drug-free that is, it will re-adjust in time. The problem is it can take awhile and it's hard to wait it out.