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youre really starting to freak me out ifinally felt better than i have in months and now im horrified of what your telling me can it really be that bad if im only on them 4 to5 wks im so scared now because methadone withdrawal was a living nightmare and i dont think icould bare anything worse than that i dont know what to do now before i took klonopin i was a disaster i woke up every day thinking please dont let me feel like i have glass under my skin today and it just ran over and over in my mind then ithought please dont let me scream at my daughter for asking me a question that anyone else would find reasonable she would ask me questions like could you help me on the computer so i would then she'd again which usually was no big deal but let me tell i had panic attacks over those kinds of situations and i dont want to have that anymore if there was a way to go back and have my doc hand me that first meth script i'd tell him to shove it up his a--sorry this post is so long but everything you say is running through my mind constantly and i just dont know what to do if you can help please do thanks so much kelleigh :eek:
I am sorry but I have to speak up here. I have SEVERE anxiety and it sounds like you have a pretty hefty case of anxiety on your hands as well. Not so sure if it's from the methadone or if you had it prior to the drug use and just didn't realize it because it was masking the anxiety. Anyway, please do not freak out about Klonopin. This is the deal and as I said before - it can be addicting. When you were on methadone, how frequently did your doctor give you your script? Was it weekly, twice a month, every day or what? I'm just wondering how you were able to control your methadone use.

Let me give you a real life situation. I was on KLONOPIN for about two years and I was taking them everyday. Normally, about .5 - 1 mg per day, every day for two years. I got pregnant and went to my OBGYN and of course, told him my concern. He told me to take .5 every other day for two weeks and then stop. Well, I did and had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. Now, I was preg and in the early stages so I was tired and stuff but it was just like all of my other pregnancies (well, I was sicker but the entire pregnancy, not just when I got off of those pills... I think it was because I had a girl and I've heard you get sicker w/girls). Anyway, bottom line is I didn't really have withdrawals and I only weaned for two weeks. I'm sure this is pretty unusual but if you are on it and when you decide to get off you taper appropriately, I just don't think it's going to be a nightmare for you. If you truly need a benzo for anxiety, then take it AS NEEDED. Try to skip nights and just try to not get as dependant on it. However, if you find you need it EVERY day, then take it every day but no more than what is prescribed - EVER. And then if/when you want to get off, then you can taper VERY slowly (I would NOT recommend tapering in two weeks--- it was stupid for my doc to do that as I could have had a seizure) but it did work for me but I do think I'm unusual.

Bottom line, if you need it - then quit worrying about it (only make you need it more) and take it as prescribed. It's for anxiety and obviously, you have it. Just quit worrying about it. Think of it this way - I am on Suboxone because I cannot stop abusing pain meds without it. If I get off of it, I'm very afraid I will not be able to control my cravings so I stay on it knowing there will be withdrawals when I stop. However, I do what I have to do to be sane TODAY! That's all.
Quote from Banker:
I am sorry but I have to speak up here. I have SEVERE anxiety and it sounds like you have a pretty hefty case of anxiety on your hands as well. Not so sure if it's from the methadone or if you had it prior to the drug use and just didn't realize it because it was masking the anxiety. Anyway, please do not freak out about Klonopin. This is the deal and as I said before - it can be addicting. When you were on methadone, how frequently did your doctor give you your script? Was it weekly, twice a month, every day or what? I'm just wondering how you were able to control your methadone use.

Let me give you a real life situation. I was on KLONOPIN for about two years and I was taking them everyday. Normally, about .5 - 1 mg per day, every day for two years. I got pregnant and went to my OBGYN and of course, told him my concern. He told me to take .5 every other day for two weeks and then stop. Well, I did and had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. Now, I was preg and in the early stages so I was tired and stuff but it was just like all of my other pregnancies (well, I was sicker but the entire pregnancy, not just when I got off of those pills... I think it was because I had a girl and I've heard you get sicker w/girls). Anyway, bottom line is I didn't really have withdrawals and I only weaned for two weeks. I'm sure this is pretty unusual but if you are on it and when you decide to get off you taper appropriately, I just don't think it's going to be a nightmare for you. If you truly need a benzo for anxiety, then take it AS NEEDED. Try to skip nights and just try to not get as dependant on it. However, if you find you need it EVERY day, then take it every day but no more than what is prescribed - EVER. And then if/when you want to get off, then you can taper VERY slowly (I would NOT recommend tapering in two weeks--- it was stupid for my doc to do that as I could have had a seizure) but it did work for me but I do think I'm unusual.

Bottom line, if you need it - then quit worrying about it (only make you need it more) and take it as prescribed. It's for anxiety and obviously, you have it. Just quit worrying about it. Think of it this way - I am on Suboxone because I cannot stop abusing pain meds without it. If I get off of it, I'm very afraid I will not be able to control my cravings so I stay on it knowing there will be withdrawals when I stop. However, I do what I have to do to be sane TODAY! That's all.

banker thank you your awesome i have a daughter also shes 7 years old and let me tell you the klonopin has helped me treat her the way she should be treated i couldnt stand yelling at her for her asking me questions thats when isaid ive got to do something peace kelleigh
no patience...if i may ask.......why was your detox off methadone so bad?.....how did you wean down,mg.'s and relate any other part of your experience if you will....back in 1984 i was on methadone...32mg and when i detoxed,i did it 2mg a day and then when i got to two the next day i was at zero....didnt sleep for 11 days...it was hell too,but i did it all wrong....thats wher i think meth gets a bad wrap...anyways let me know would ya....chef
Quote from Banker:
I am sorry but I have to speak up here. I have SEVERE anxiety and it sounds like you have a pretty hefty case of anxiety on your hands as well. Not so sure if it's from the methadone or if you had it prior to the drug use and just didn't realize it because it was masking the anxiety. Anyway, please do not freak out about Klonopin. This is the deal and as I said before - it can be addicting. When you were on methadone, how frequently did your doctor give you your script? Was it weekly, twice a month, every day or what? I'm just wondering how you were able to control your methadone use.

Let me give you a real life situation. I was on KLONOPIN for about two years and I was taking them everyday. Normally, about .5 - 1 mg per day, every day for two years. I got pregnant and went to my OBGYN and of course, told him my concern. He told me to take .5 every other day for two weeks and then stop. Well, I did and had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. Now, I was preg and in the early stages so I was tired and stuff but it was just like all of my other pregnancies (well, I was sicker but the entire pregnancy, not just when I got off of those pills... I think it was because I had a girl and I've heard you get sicker w/girls). Anyway, bottom line is I didn't really have withdrawals and I only weaned for two weeks. I'm sure this is pretty unusual but if you are on it and when you decide to get off you taper appropriately, I just don't think it's going to be a nightmare for you. If you truly need a benzo for anxiety, then take it AS NEEDED. Try to skip nights and just try to not get as dependant on it. However, if you find you need it EVERY day, then take it every day but no more than what is prescribed - EVER. And then if/when you want to get off, then you can taper VERY slowly (I would NOT recommend tapering in two weeks--- it was stupid for my doc to do that as I could have had a seizure) but it did work for me but I do think I'm unusual.

Bottom line, if you need it - then quit worrying about it (only make you need it more) and take it as prescribed. It's for anxiety and obviously, you have it. Just quit worrying about it. Think of it this way - I am on Suboxone because I cannot stop abusing pain meds without it. If I get off of it, I'm very afraid I will not be able to control my cravings so I stay on it knowing there will be withdrawals when I stop. However, I do what I have to do to be sane TODAY! That's all.
Quote from chefob1:
no patience...if i may ask.......why was your detox off methadone so bad?.....how did you wean down,mg.'s and relate any other part of your experience if you will....back in 1984 i was on methadone...32mg and when i detoxed,i did it 2mg a day and then when i got to two the next day i was at zero....didnt sleep for 11 days...it was hell too,but i did it all wrong....thats wher i think meth gets a bad wrap...anyways let me know would ya....chef

chefob my detox was cold turkey then on a fentanal patch to wean for 15 days i think thats why it messed me up so bad the duragesic patch masked the withdrawals a tiny bit i went from 30 to 40 mgs which doesnt seem like alot to zero and had been taking it for about 2 to 3 years and also my doctor said oh when you end the patch you'll be fine yeah right the physical lasted another 3 weeks and im still going through hell almost 3 months later i dont know why its been so bad but i wish to god it would end its made me a totally different person i liked myself better on methadone than off i know that sounds bad but i cant help it thanks for asking kelleigh
Quote from howard678:
Kayleigh,

If the Effexor and Paxil did not curb your anxiety then why does your doctor believe Lexapro will? All are SSRIs. Did you ask them? I am just curious, do not know a whole lot about SSRIs. As to the Trazadone, I take it that is for sleep, as it is a sedative non-SSRI AD.

P.S.
I am not surprised at all that the Klonopin is helping you. Is some powerful stuff.

i dont know why they think lexapro help they just said they've had alot of good results and think the effexor was causing some of my anxiety cause i guess that can happen in certain people and me be on methadone at the same time they figured the methadone was kind of masking it and the paxil i was only on for 3 weeks because they thought i was starting to get serotonin syndrome i take my trazadone for sleep also 200 mgs thanx kelleigh