3 of the Most Popular Anti-Anxiety Medicines

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My psychiatrist had barely reviewed my case when it was decided that I should began klonopin therapy to control my anxiety. I quickly started on the pills.My psychiatrist had barely reviewed how long does 0.5 mg klonopin stay in your system my case when it was decided that I should began klonopin therapy to control my anxiety. I quickly started on the pills.
At first things were looking up. My anxiety symptoms decreased, but within a few months the anxiety started to come back. I was taking klonopin everyday. But when I missed a dose terrible things started happening. I would become overwhelmed with headaches, trembling, and disorientation.
I realized that, within a very short time, I had become dependent on the drugs. I had not been warned about the high likelihood of dependence, and I’d never considered it. Plus my anxiety was back. The drugs weren’t working at all. But I didn’t feel I could stop the medication.
Finally, I brought my concerns up to my doctor who recommended that I stop taking the klonopin since it wasn’t really working and I had terrible withdrawal symptoms if I missed a dose. But I simply couldn’t stop taking because, due to my dependence, there was a risk of a seizure. I would have to take it slow, dropping a milligram every week.
Unfortunately, this proved easier said than done. Within a few days, the withdrawal symptoms became debilitating. I suffered from disorientation and couldn’t walk or sleep. I had nausea and struggled to keep food down. It was unbearable.
I got down to three milligrams with a tremendous amount of struggle. However, I couldn’t get any further than that. I decided I needed professional help.
I ended up in a detox center where I was given phenobarbital to ease the pains of withdrawal. It was very difficult physically and was quite expensive. Within a few weeks, I was off klonopin completely. However, I didn’t feel right. I learned that it could take up to 2 years for my body to normalize after being dependent on benzodiazepines.
It was demoralizing.
This drug is commonly prescribed, but I wonder if patients truly know about the risks. Considering the terrible klonopin withdrawal syndrome that I experienced, I wonder if the benefits truly outweigh the risks.
Traditionally Klononin has been used to treat epilepsy. However, one of the main reasons people use this medication is to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It helps relieve all types of fear and panic-related symptoms.
Some of the symptoms related to panic disorders that are treated with Klonopin include as follows:
• Extreme and excessive worry • Sweaty palms • Heart palpitations • Rise in body temperature • Tensing of muscles • Insomnia and interrupted sleep • Poor concentration • Shakiness or jittery feelings • Fatigue
Sometimes other disorders are characterized by similar symptoms as panic disorders. Additional anxiety disorders (besides panic attacks) that might be treated with Klonopin include the following:
Agoraphobia-This is a condition in which a person who has panic attacks may not want to be in public or open spaces. It is mainly because of the fact that they are embarrassed by the fact that they have had a panic attack publicly, so they fear going into these spaces.
Generalized anxiety disorder-This is a fear that is not really connected to any one event, person, place or thing. It is just a general apprehension about the future of mostly being afraid of what may never happen. It may be related to past trauma but often is not directly connected to that.

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