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August 12, 2008
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I have been reading a lot of these conversations today. I wonder though, what does anyone know about klonopin? My psychiatrist prescribed it for me today, and I am worried a little.

August 12, 2008
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Sidekick,

This medication is used for anxiety and seziures.

Clonazepam, Name Brand: (Klopin)is used to treat seizure disorders and panic attacks. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. This drug works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).

I cut pasted this for webmd.com. You may to visit this site as there are 2 different forms of the medication and I do not know which one your doctor perscribed.

August 12, 2008
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In can also help calm mania in people with bipolar disorder

August 13, 2008
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Thank you for the responses

They are prescribing it to me for anxiety. I have a lot of it. The xanax (which is what I have been taking for a long time) isn't doing it for me right now. This is a stressful time in my life.

My big concern is how addictive it can be. I have never struggled with any kind of drug addiction or alcohol and I don't want to start now. The only things that I have ever been addicted to is caffeine and nicotine. Those are both bad habits, and I understand that, but it is all I have at this time.

August 13, 2008
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Clonazepam is very addictive. That's Xanax and Klonopin. I think it's some pretty bad stuff.

http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/gene.....naz_ad.htm

"Klonopin

Side Effects & Drug Interactionsfont sizeAAASIDE EFFECTS

The adverse experiences for Klonopin are provided separately for patients with seizure disorders and with panic disorder.

Seizure Disorders

The most frequently occurring side effects of Klonopin are referable to CNS depression. Experience in treatment of seizures has shown that drowsiness has occurred in approximately 50% of patients and ataxia in approximately 30%. In some cases, these may diminish with time; behavior problems have been noted in approximately 25% of patients. Others, listed by system, are:

Neurologic: Abnormal eye movements, aphonia, choreiform movements, coma, diplopia, dysarthria, dysdiadochokinesis, “glassy-eyed” appearance, headache, hemiparesis, hypotonia, nystagmus, respiratory depression, slurred speech, tremor, vertigo

Psychiatric: Confusion, depression, amnesia, hallucinations, hysteria, increased libido, insomnia, psychosis, suicidal attempt (the behavior effects are more likely to occur in patients with a history of psychiatric disturbances). The following paradoxical reactions have been observed: excitability, irritability, aggressive behavior, agitation, nervousness, hostility, anxiety, sleep disturbances, nightmares and vivid dreams

Respiratory: Chest congestion, rhinorrhea, shortness of breath, hypersecretion in upper respiratory passages

Cardiovascular: Palpitations..."

It's very addictive and makes you feel bad.

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