Quote from adrbassplyr:I have dealt with depression for 2 1/2 years and have tried many medications, only two of which helped. I went through ECT treatment 3 months ago b/c medication just wasn't helping me. Anyways, one of the only medications that helps me is Klonopin, but it makes me so tired during the day I can't function. My psychiatrist has tried lowering the drug dosage as much as possible but I still experience side effects b/c I'm very sensitive to medication. I've tried many other anti anxiety drugs in replacement of Klonopin, but they don't help. I recently just got off of Klonopin and started taking Restoril, but I feel worse than ever now. I feel more tired than ever, I have horrific headaches, I am more non functional than when I was on the Klonopin. So what I'm trying to figure out is why Klonopin is the only medication that is actually helping with my depression and why the other anti anxiety pills aren't. And I'm trying to figure out how I could take it w/o the horrible side effects; like maybe taking a very low dosage one night and not taking it the next night (b/c of the linguering effects). Any advice w/ this medication? Also, how does Klonopin effect the chemicals in one's brain?
Klonopin is a benzodiazepine, a family that includes Valium, Xanax and Librium among others. They are depressants, or downers....they relax a person but can have dependancy, addiction and tolerance issues if taken everyday.
There is a free online manual called The Ashton Manual with alot of info. These drugs are anesthetics, effect the GABA receptors in the brain in a simular but not exact way that alcohol does. It is best to only take them a short time or very rarely to avoid tolerance.