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Old 01-02-2007, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default klonopin has no effect on anxiety

it only sedate,no anti-anxiety effect.
this is what my doctor told me.
paxil has the effect to anxiety.
xnaxa also has effect.
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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lol whatever, your doc doesnt know what he is talking about. I am willing to bet that benzos are a class of drugs that have the highest success rate in treating SA. I use ativan as needed and it works wonders. Xanax and klonopin are both benzos so i dont know why the doc would say that.
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Hahahah ok then....
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it only sedate,no anti-anxiety effect.
this is what my doctor told me.
paxil has the effect to anxiety.
xnaxa also has effect.
Your doctor is clearly a moron.
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Your doctor may be speaking from his/her own personal readings or practices with Klonopin. Technically, none of the benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, etc.) are approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder (or so I've read), yet SSRIs like Paxil are.

However, there is a general (yes, I said general) consensus among most anxiety sufferers that benzos are much better at relieving and controlling anxiety than SSRIs are. I suspect that is because benzos tend to work noticably within minutes or hours rather than weeks or months.

Your doc might also be referring to the fact that benzos affect the same neurochemicals as actual FDA approved sedative-hypnotics (Ambien, Lunesta, etc.) The neurochemical GABA and its actions in the brain are thought to play major roles in sedation and sleep, and if you've ever read anything even slightly analytical about any benzo, you'll know that their main method of action is by modulating GABA (just like those FDA sedative-hypnotics ).

I hope that made sense. I was just trying to play devil's advocate for a second. If your doctor made it through college, med school, and residency, then s/he isn't stupid. S/he probably just has a different approach to anxiety and its treatment than many other doctors do.

Yours isn't the first to downplay the usage of benzos for anxiety, though. Many people can attest to that, sadly. It's been my personal finding that benzos work for anxiety relief. Sure, they cause sedation, but that's just what comes with the package. The only SSRI that's had noticeable anxiety relieving effects on me was Lexapro, and it sedated me, too. It might just be me, but sedation and anxiety relief/control just seem to go together.
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benzos sedate some strongly, thus only a small dose is needed, eventually this sedation can go away, leading to an increase of the dose, but the med is still helping although in a more subtle way

some arent sedated at all however and take large doses from day 1 with almost no side effects
I know of 2 psychs who specialise in anxiety and panic attacks, their med of first choice is
generic valium
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i found taking klonopin make me too dull.so has no courage as paxil gave me.
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that is why klonopin is called a anticonvulsion meds,not a anti-anxiety med.
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
 
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GET A NEW DOCTOR!!!

You are missing out...

...and remember, many different meds are used for different things...Are you going to try and tell me that Tenex is used for blood pressure only and has no positive effect on anger mgt...

I know a few adolescent males I work with that would have differring opinions!
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clonazepam, klonapin, although originally developed and promoted as an anticonvulsant, is just another benzo, stronger than some

when listed as an anticonvulsant, some cunning anxiety sufferers complained of convulsions or epileptic type siezures to get the stuff, it took years for the establishment to wake up and restrict it
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that is why klonopin is called a anticonvulsion meds,not a anti-anxiety med.
Klonopin, like all the other Benzos, has been generic for years. There is no financial incentive to get an FDA approval for anxiety at this point. That being said, many people have found it to be marvelous in helping their anxiety. Some use it on its own, some combine it with other meds.
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Klonopin, like all the other Benzos, has been generic for years. There is no financial incentive to get an FDA approval for anxiety at this point.
Exactly. It has everything to do with economics and zero to do with pharmacology. If any of the FDA approved SA drugs -- Paxil, Effexor, Zoloft -- were put head to head in a clinical trial against benzos (using a serious dose) we all know which drug class would win by a landslide. Of course, no drug company is stupid enough to produce a study showing their new & expensive drug is far less effective than a cheap old benzo.

Xanax is FDA approved for both GAD & Panic.
Klonopin is FDA approved for Panic.
Valium is FDA approved for GAD.
Ativan is FDA approved for GAD.

If a drug works on GAD and/or panic odds are it will work on similar anxiety disorders like SA even if the FDA hasn't officially stamped it to say so.
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It works for me. I got 90 more 2 mg pills on the way. The key is to take caffeine or an energy drink along with it if you want to feel relaxed, but not TOO relaxed to the point where you're drowsy.
If I take it alone, I can sleep all day.
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Well pracitcally any benzo for me acts like a sedative which is fine for something like making a presentation in front of a class or a speech in front of a graudating class, but it's not fun when you're going out to the club and get a couple of drinks together with that sedative effect. It's a recipe for disaster. And I have come to the realization that it really doesn't help for SAD. Maybe it will calm down your nerves a bit, but if you're still awake, you still need to make the initiative to talk to people.
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that is why klonopin is called a anticonvulsion meds,not a anti-anxiety med.
Im just going to stop responding to you.
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Well pracitcally any benzo for me acts like a sedative which is fine for something like making a presentation in front of a class or a speech in front of a graudating class, but it's not fun when you're going out to the club and get a couple of drinks together with that sedative effect. It's a recipe for disaster. And I have come to the realization that it really doesn't help for SAD. Maybe it will calm down your nerves a bit, but if you're still awake, you still need to make the initiative to talk to people.
Definitely, the drug is not going to literally speak for you. You still have to put forth some effort, it just makes it easier.
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Today I had a serious case of self-loathing and compulsive thinking. It was torture. I just couldn't let go of those negative thoughts and I couldn't rest. I took a Klonopin and it really helped to stop all of that, then I got some rest. I was so thankful for that because I was driving myself insane...
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I'm not going to slam your doctor b/c I don't know him / her but I will tell you from hearing many doctors and spending many years in therapy and online help and self help books, and being hospitalized that Klonopin IS a neighbor to all the anti anxiety meds. I guess its just what works best for everyone. I take Paxil and Xanax and still have panic/anxiety attacks and frankly they are pretty bad, I know I could up the dose, but I'm getting by.. If I have one really bad I take an extra pill or just try to talk myself out of it or rest, but that’s not the point, the point is, it wasn't very nice to say that, for you or your doctor. I know a lot of people on klonopin and it works excellent for them. Has your doctor REALLY seen that many people have "bad" or "no" effects w/ it? maybe he or she should weigh the good w/ the bad. Infact, when I just had a medication re evaluation, guess what they suggested for high anxiety and scary thoughts.. BINGO KLONOPIN, this man was a doctor for 17 years a councilor for GAD panic and depression and now a psychiatrist. To each their own I guess.

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I have been on klonopin Xanax Valium and Ativan klonopin is the least effective drug I was on I have agoraphobia along with bipolar and Ptsd all from my tours overseas in Iraq. I've been on Zoloft Effexor and only about a hundred types of medications and combinations klonopin had no effect on me it was like I never took it. Ativan I was given in shot form that had me staring at a wall disoriented for a few hours. Xanax wasn't helpful neither Valium. Benzos hat supposed to be one of the top drugs for my conditions but they did not work. Which left my doctor kinda clueless about what's happening to me. The put me on depakote I've never had seizures before but depakote caused me to lose my hair I'm pretty much hopeless on medication side and with agoraphobia makes therapy hard to handle and the techniques they teach makes me wonder if they even know what they are doing. But this is just one story everybody's different so what's bad for me may be good for others. Don't give up till your in my boat and have tried it all.
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