Klonopin: Pros and Cons
For a long time I have been thinking if trying klonopin. Please also post any negative experiences. Ty for starting this thread Chris
Well, you asked for it. :Retro smile:
Yes, klonopin can help, or seem to help to greatly relieve some of the most annoying symptoms of ME/CFS. It was the first drug prescribed for me back in 1998, and within a day or so of taking it, I thought (like Chris) that it was a miracle drug. Seemed too good to be true. It was...
I would just caution that if at all possible, do everything you can to try not to take it on a daily basis.
Or at the very least, take it for maybe 2-3 days, then skip a day, so that tolerance doesn't build up. I was able to do this for several years, but eventually needed it on a daily basis (by 2004), which leads me to the one of the main downsides of klonopin: It temporarily helps dampen the excitoxiticy (sp?), but doesn't address WHY the HPA axis is so out of control. In other words, it doesn't get to the root cause(s) of the problem...just bandaids it, while the patient develops a tolerance to the drug...which can be very, very difficult to taper off of.
(I got off the "k", 2 years ago, and have been doing a valium taper ever since (per the Ashton protocol for benzo withdrawal), and still suffer side effects (tingling, agitation, increased anxiety, etc.,) whenever I try to cut the dose by more than 10%. I've decreased it quite a bit, but still have to go very, very slow.)
The other problem unique to klonopin, is that it is the ONLY benzodiazepine that has ANEMIA, LEUKOPENIA, and NEUTROPENIA as "side effects". The only one. How can our immune systems function properly if we develop anemia, or low white blood cell counts?
So from experience, I would strongly suggest caution, and/or possible (more natural) alternatives...plus also trying to determine the specific cause of causes (which may be other amino acid imbalances (like low glycine or taurine levels and/or HIGH glutamate levels), trace mineral imbalances (manganese and b6 helps convert glutamine/glutamate to gaba), fungal or yeast problems (which can cause huge anxiety problems), salicylate, phenol, gluten or other intolerances, etc.........