Originally Posted by jim_morrison
Ok so I've been prescribed Klonopin to take daily before bed, for anxiety, mainly SA, thing is I'm also on mirtazapine and it deals with my insomnia, and "at-home" anxiety fine, So I'd rather take my klonopin in the morning before I have to go out somewhere, to give me peak plasma levels for the situation.
So to all benzo users, I'm curious to know a)what time of the day do you usually take your benzo? and b)does it cognitivly affect you to the extent where performing daily tasks such as driving, shopping, concentrating in class etc are majorly negativly effected?
(note: no need to warn me about risk of addiction etc, I'm well aware of the pharmacokinetics of this drug.)
First of all you will hear no warnings from me about benzo addiction. I can't stand when people preach that crap.
I was on Klonpoin for a while but it didn't really do the job for me. I suffer from panic attacks and it would seem like forever before it kicked in. That and the only benefit I got was being able to sleep soundly. I was prescirbied 1mg 2X day as needed. So I tried taking it before leaving in the morning, not a good thing; I was drowsy as heck. And as far as the panic attacks, I managed to have a full blown one after taking 1mg prior to going to the overcrowded Walmart here. Anyway, I had no choice but to go back to Xanax. Some docs refuse to prescribe it. One Pnurse I talked to at VA said it was " dirty drug" and had all these side effects and potential for abuse. Well, heck they alll have the "potential" to be habit forming, even Ambien, the sleep med I take sometimes.
I guess what I'm getting at is everyone is different as far as their reactions to certain benzos. I had to just stop taking Klonopin in the morning because it would make me so drowsy. Xanax, on the other hand is quicker acting but has a shorter half life and doesn't seem to have quite such a sedative quality, but keep in mind, that's me!
I don't know what dose of K you're on, but if you already have the other drug that helps you to sleep I would do my best to forgoe it in the morning. Of course this is coming from someone who has been unemployed for almost two years due to mental illness so you might do just fine. I think it's a lot of trial and error and it all depends on the person. I take Xanax (only .5mg at a time) for anytime I have to go out into public. I've been given 60 1mg pills a month, and it's been a life saver for me since I have really bad agoraphobia, as well as SA. When I was on Klonopin and was taking 1mg before going out, again, did nothing for me but make me sleepy.
So again, it all depends on you, what your situation is and what you're dealing with, etc. Just keep in mind that Klonopin (at least form me) takes like an hour to kick in.
Hope this is of some help at least.