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Re: ADD medications Geno

Posted by Viridis on July 19, 2004, at 1:26:02

In reply to ADD medications, posted by Geno on July 17, 2004, at 6:34:48

Sounds great! Although people throw the term "addiction" around pretty loosely, I'm not aware of any data to show that Klonopin is addictive (I've taken it for years at the same dose). It ranks very low on the World Health Organization's list of drugs that are difficult to discontinue (the widely-prescribed antidepressants Paxil and Effexor are at the top). People say this with no evidence or understanding of addiction whatsoever, and from what I've experienced and heard from my pdoc, this is an extremely safe med. Of course, if you should choose to quit it you'll have to do so gradually, just as with many blood pressure meds etc.

I also take Adderall, and find that it goes very well with Klonopin. Again, I haven't had any problem with it, and can go on and off it whenever I choose with no withdrawal.

I wish that people (including doctors) would stop calling these meds "addictive" when they don't even understand the meaning of the term. These drugs can be extremely helpful, and even (or especially) for those with a history of substance abuse they can be life-savers.


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