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Cam-Another question about Klonopin

Posted by AnneL on May 26, 2001, at 21:10:55

In reply to Re: Cam, I would really appreciate insight ..Gil, posted by grapebubblegum on May 26, 2001, at 15:37:34

Hi Cam,
Hope you don't mind another question on Klonopin.
I have been on Effexor XR for 3 months for depression. Current dose 150 mg. daily with a plan to titrate up slowly. I had several negative experiences with SSRI's in the past and always had a panic response so I was prescribed Xanax to be used prn in order to get past the initial side effects/anxiety. Within 1 week I started getting rebound anxiety, I was only on 0.25 mg at nighttime and found the panic attacks so extreme at night that I was needing more Xanax, usually within one or 2 hours of the first dose. So my doctor prescribed Klonopin due to its longer action. I have taken 1 mg. of Klonopin (clonazepam) at night for roughly 3 months, have no cravings or desires for it at other times of the day and sleep beautifully. I am concerned about coming off the Klonopin from the postings on this board and my own knowledge about benzodiazepines in general. Last week I reduced my dose from 1 mg. to 0.5 mg. to see if I could get the same quality of sleep and woke up at least 10 times during the night and generally felt pretty awful in the morning. Would it be advisable to slowly cut back on the Klonopin or should I follow my instinct which tells me, "if its not broke, don't fix it"? I worry about my dependence (if only psychological) on this medication to help me sleep through the night undisturbed by anxiety or insomnia. By the way is talking in one's sleep a side effect of the Effexor or the Klonopin? My husband tells me I have quite a few "conversations" every night. No nightmares or vivid dreams, thank goodness, but I wonder if I would even remember them anyway? I believe that the Klonopin is quite a short term amnesiac, at least for me. Thanks for your input.




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