Posted by Breck on March 12, 2001 at 11:07:44:
In Reply to: Re: Clonazapam and Sleep disorders posted by mntwister on March 01, 2001 at 00:13:45:
I have been on both sides. I've suffered with Chronic Pain which induced my insomnia in 1995. At first, doc put me on the maximum of serax!! I built up a big tolerence and was eating them like candy, didn't know any better. They took me off of it cold turkey and I went 1 week without sleep and ended up in the "happy farm." Well, was a very good vacation looking back, no STRESS!!! Well, I left there with paxil and trazodone and did well for awhile, pain went away. But 3 years ago my wife ran off with a older man and left me with 2 young daughters. The chronic Pain set back in and now I suffer with prostatits which cause me to get up several times a night, boy, that helps with insomnia!!! I've been taking clonazapam on a low dose of .5 to 1.5 per day for 2 1/2 years without tolerance problems and I manage it since I DO KNOW how addicting benzo's can be. (been there, done that). But, I have quit klonopin cold turkey several times without one withdrawel at all. On the other note, I have quit paxil 3 times and after 5 or 6 weeks, nearly ended up in a nervous breakdown!!! My case being tinnitus, IBS, Prostatitis, insomnia, klonopin (being managed) is worth taking as long as needed and I will. I write down each day my intake of klonopin, take a couple holiday's from it and average .88 mg over the last 8 weeks and my prescription is 1.5mg per day. My point is that you can manage the benzo's or let them manage you. I've done both and seen the good and evil of them. I started recording my klonopin when I noticed I was taking on more days this past december more than my doseage per day. Now I'm controlling the amount and I'm taking half the doseage with the same effect. Hope this helps..
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