I want to ask you about Klonopin. I talked to my psychiatrist about it and he prescribed it to me. He wanted me to take .5mg 4x a day! With possibly taking 1mg for the 4th one at night for sleep. After research I decided to just take .5 or 1mg at night for sleep and not take it during the day. I've taken .5 a couple times during the afternoon just to see. I saw him again today and he is really wanting me to follow his original plan. 4x a day and try to get outside more and go do things. He said I wont get addicted and he'll help with that, where we kind of burst with it and then taper off over time, but that I may need that initial burst to get me going.
How does that sound to you? I don't really know that klonopin is going to have me out singing in the rain or anything. On the average I kinda stick to myself, and hten occasionaly i'll go do whatever I want. I would figure I'd just take it then instead of being on it all the time...
Any advice is appreciated.
I'm no doctor so take my advice with a grain of salt, but your doctors plan sounds like a bad idea to me.
First - if you are taking 2mg of Klonopin daily you WILL get addicted. Addiction varies from person to person but I can assure you it will be difficult to get off it.
That being said, addiction is often a risk people are willing to take if they are seeing the benefits.
The second thing I take issue with in terms of your docs idea is starting high and bringing you down slowly - absolutely if you are coming off you will need to taper super slow. But if you are treating anxiety and DP you may need benzos for a while. You will develop a tolerance and have to increase your doses to get the same result - so why START high?
My advice would be to take a low dose - maybe once in the morning and once in the evening and see if you feel improvement. If you feel you are getting some improvement and could benefit from a higher dose THEN take the next step.
Hopefully this makes sense to you. I found benzos extremely effective - but my DP was strongly anxiety driven. They may or may not work for you.
Edit: I also should have said that many people I know (including me now) take benzos exactly as you said : when needed. If you aren't living in a constant state of terror like I was, this might also be the best course for you.