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I was able to wean off Klonopin over time and now take xanax as needed. I do think something has affected my memory ability, as I am pretty much a basket case. But age is involved, too, now.

My suggestion is to take the minimum you need to cope and in addition, get therapy for anxiety. I've taken some version of these meds for years, and if you can, as I say, just take as little as you can. If you need it long term, then take it!
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Any one on benzo for years??
for severe anxiety.
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I have been on Klonolpin for many years as well as Seroquel. Anxiety to the point where I dissociate/ have tics/stutter. I have tried to get off both of them. Dependent yes. When these meds are at the normal level people say I am so much better. Is it me or the meds?
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I have been on Klonolpin for many years as well as Seroquel. Anxiety to the point where I dissociate/ have tics/stutter. I have tried to get off both of them. Dependent yes. When these meds are at the normal level people say I am so much better. Is it me or the meds?
Do you think you will ever lower the dose on them or ever get off them??
I've been on klonopin for years...
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Do you think you will ever lower the dose on them or ever get off them??
I've been on klonopin for years...

Eventually you will hit tolerance and either have to increase your dosage or get off of them. Unless of course you take it once or twice a week.
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I think in rather extreme cases/stable cases it can be done. It depends on the person. Any signs of abuse or over medicated behavior and I would pull the plug on them. As an alcoholic in recovery I avoid them. I used to take them for years prior to sudden onset of alcoholism so thankfully never mixed them. I didnt have any issues stopping. Now, in an acute situation I think its ok. When my 18 year old daughter ran away for nearly 4 months, I felt like I was in mourning for the first month so I tried valium and klonopin. I recently took valium for an MRI. But I an easily see myself liking them too much. Plus as a ten year successful post op gastric bypass patient I have become a rapid metabolizer. My doc did some genetic testing to confirm this. I process things so quickly I have to watch my tolerance. It happened with alcohol. Towards the end I was drinking three huge bottles of wine everyday to stave of the shakes and sickness. i think overall its safer to not take them regularly but I do not think doctors should be afraid to prescribe them nor do I think others should judge someone who does take them everyday. its the same for opiates. My husband has been in percocet for 2 months while waiting for his first surgery-ablation. His back issues are crippling. He is not addicted nor dependent and often will go days without taking them. But he was in pain management for a year jumping through all the hoops prior to getting them prescribed. So docs are afraid that everyone is going to get addicted and move to heroin. I am unsure if the causation is necessarily there. But at the same time in the AA circles I run in I know plenty of people who had pill issues prior to drugs. But also when they examined their historys they always had addict behavior so who knows really.
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I took Klonopin, Ativan, Valium for many years and am now off of them because the mental health place I go to refused to prescribe them any longer for anyone. One of the reasons was memory loss. It was difficult to withdraw and they didn't let me do it properly and I felt pretty bad for a few mos. But then I felt better. Here is some information on Valium or diazepam:

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I took Klonopin, Ativan, Valium for many years and am now off of them because the mental health place I go to refused to prescribe them any longer for anyone. One of the reasons was memory loss. It was difficult to withdraw and they didn't let me do it properly and I felt pretty bad for a few mos. But then I felt better. Here is some information on Valium or diazepam:



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Did the benzo meds help at all?
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Iím wondering what insurances donít pay for them and why one would pay for them and another wouldnít? Iím on regular Medicare the same that seniors are on. I canít see them refusing to pay for it.

I worry about my Xanax being taken away. I donít take it as prescribed. I usually just take one when I am prescribed two. But I get shaky and I get cold sweats if I go too long without one.
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Iím wondering what insurances donít pay for them and why one would pay for them and another wouldnít? Iím on regular Medicare the same that seniors are on. I canít see them refusing to pay for it.

I worry about my Xanax being taken away. I donít take it as prescribed. I usually just take one when I am prescribed two. But I get shaky and I get cold sweats if I go too long without one.



I do the same thing I have seven bottles of extra xanax saved up just in case I have to do a slow taper.
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