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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-04-11 11:19 AM
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Is Klonopin the Most Dangerous Prescription Drug?
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Its not as famous as OxyContin, but the prescription drug Klonopin can be just as dangerous.

Around since 1975, Klonopin (clonazepam) was first prescribed to help epileptics control their seizures. Eventually, though, the medication was given patients who were subject to panic attacks and to addicts trying to get off drugs or alcohol, because of its ability to prevent seizures and control the symptoms of acute withdrawal. The latter decision led Klonopin and other benzodiazepines to become the second most abused class of prescriptions, after opioid painkillers like Oxy.

But what Klonopin can do to a patient is pretty horrific. Its effects have been described as beginning with an energized sense of euphoria but ending up with horrifying sense of anxiety and paralysis, akin to sticking your tongue into an electric outlet, or suddenly feeling that your brain is on fire, according to Christopher Byron in his upcoming book Mind Drugs, Inc.: How Big Pharma and Modern Psychiatry Have Corrupted Washington and Destroyed Mental Health in America.

Among the celebrities who have taken benzodiazepines with unfortunate results are:
Actress-model Margaux Hemingway, who died in 1996 from a benzo-barbiturate mix;
Actress-model Anna Nicole Smith, who died in 2007 after an overdose of Klonopin and other drugs;
Author David Foster Wallace, who had Klonopin in his body when he hanged himself in 2008;
Singer Stevie Nicks, who has said, The only thing Id change is walking into the office of that psychiatrist who prescribed me Klonopin. That ruined my life for eight years.

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  -Is Klonopin the Most Dangerous Prescription Drug? Donnachaidh  Jun-04-11 11:19 AM   #0 
  - All benzodiazapines are extremely addictive.  blue neen   Jun-04-11 11:28 AM   #1 
  - You have to respect it.  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 11:37 AM   #4 
  - Yes. As long as it is used correctly, it's okay.  blueamy66   Jun-04-11 11:38 AM   #5 
  - visteral is a better option for Xanax  Donnachaidh   Jun-04-11 11:44 AM   #8 
  - I've never heard of that drug.  blueamy66   Jun-04-11 11:50 AM   #10 
  - Big Bro told me about it  Donnachaidh   Jun-04-11 12:10 PM   #13 
  - The generic name is hydroxyzine pamoate.  blue neen   Jun-04-11 01:16 PM   #20 
     - What did you call me? n/t  leeroysphitz   Jun-04-11 08:45 PM   #47 
  - My autistic daughter has found relief from panic attacks with medical marijuana  K8-EEE   Jun-04-11 03:05 PM   #32 
  - Yep  ohheckyeah   Jun-04-11 03:26 PM   #36 
  - I went into full blown withdrawal in a chat room of all places  Donnachaidh   Jun-04-11 07:02 PM   #41 
     - it really is nasty  ohheckyeah   Jun-04-11 08:39 PM   #46 
  - I take that for my sun allergy - makes me too tired to scratch  REP   Jun-04-11 07:09 PM   #42 
  - I was for a shorter time and as you say, I respected it.  blondeatlast   Jun-04-11 12:11 PM   #14 
     - This is where I am coming from.  blueamy66   Jun-04-11 02:44 PM   #29 
  - Agreed.  blue neen   Jun-04-11 11:44 AM   #9 
  - Benzodiazepine withdraw is one of the most difficult drugs  ChromeFoundry   Jun-04-11 02:53 PM   #31 
     - Another great site: Beyond Meds  roxiejules   Jun-04-11 10:57 PM   #53 
        - Wow....Very informative  OhioChick   Jun-04-11 11:05 PM   #54 
           - Benzo drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago  roxiejules   Jun-05-11 02:18 AM   #59 
  - Here's a link to a UK site about these drugs.  Overseas   Jun-04-11 11:33 AM   #2 
  - More interesting info on Benzo's from Professor Heather Ashton  OhioChick   Jun-04-11 03:28 PM   #37 
     - And more from the same Professor on SSRI withdrawal  Cetacea   Jun-05-11 07:25 AM   #61 
  - I am on Klonopin.  Akoto   Jun-04-11 11:35 AM   #3 
  - I had to go off of it because of money but what I found is  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 11:41 AM   #6 
  - I'm on the same drug with the same dose (.5).....been 12 months.  BlueJazz   Jun-04-11 02:23 PM   #26 
     - Yup. The article is hysterical propaganda/yellow journalism  Cetacea   Jun-04-11 11:58 PM   #55 
  - Stevie Nicks talks all about being prescribed this dangerous drug  float upstream   Jun-04-11 11:42 AM   #7 
  - My experience was totally opposite.  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 11:59 AM   #11 
  - From the way you are talking, I take it you are off it now?  float upstream   Jun-04-11 12:01 PM   #12 
     - I've been off of anything for about five years  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 12:12 PM   #15 
        - Yes...the breathwork is great.  float upstream   Jun-04-11 12:13 PM   #16 
           - I always thought so. It was the only time I took a deep breath!  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 12:20 PM   #17 
  - Oh, it wasn't the vast amounts of Cocaine that she took for years?  Cetacea   Jun-05-11 12:12 AM   #56 
  - Depends.  Kceres   Jun-04-11 12:30 PM   #18 
  - it makes me calm when i have a panic attack  lazarus   Jun-04-11 12:36 PM   #19 
  - I died from an overdose of aspirin (plus heroin and Jack Daniels)  Cetacea   Jun-05-11 12:15 AM   #58 
  - Article is Irresponsible?  ChromeFoundry   Jun-05-11 12:08 PM   #63 
     - Yes. It is misleading.  Cetacea   Jun-05-11 12:44 PM   #64 
        - ...............  OhioChick   Jun-05-11 12:59 PM   #66 
  - I have taken it too without any side effects or withdrawal and the  Glimmer of Hope   Jun-05-11 06:37 AM   #60 
  - Absolutely the worst thing I've ever kicked. (klonopin and provigil combo)  NightWatcher   Jun-04-11 01:26 PM   #21 
  - I took clonazepam for several years with no ill effects  The Unawriter   Jun-04-11 01:37 PM   #22 
  - It's a god-send for my daughter.  Dappleganger   Jun-04-11 01:41 PM   #23 
  - +1k  Cetacea   Jun-05-11 12:14 AM   #57 
  - My doc. prescribed Lorazepam  formercia   Jun-04-11 01:43 PM   #24 
  - Mine too. My husband was fighting cancer and I kept waking at night  SharonAnn   Jun-04-11 08:36 PM   #45 
  - Ativan. I actually like the effect of this drug at a low dose. nt  Skip Intro   Jun-04-11 10:50 PM   #52 
  - Dangerous drugs......  OhioChick   Jun-04-11 01:56 PM   #25 
  - The withdrawal for klonipin is 10 days long.  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 02:26 PM   #27 
     - 10 Days? Maybe according to big pharma......  OhioChick   Jun-04-11 02:38 PM   #28 
     - That's horrendous.  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 09:13 PM   #50 
     - Not entirely true...  ChromeFoundry   Jun-04-11 03:12 PM   #34 
        - If you withdraw the meds for panic attacks, it's not unusual  EFerrari   Jun-04-11 09:05 PM   #49 
  - My husband was having seizures and they didn't know what was causing it. All  southernyankeebelle   Jun-04-11 02:52 PM   #30 
  - My doctor prescribed this drug for me...  one_voice   Jun-04-11 03:09 PM   #33 
  - As with many things, the answer is "it depends"  Paula Sims   Jun-04-11 03:21 PM   #35 
  - Xanax withdrawal probably a factor in Sean Levert's death, expert says  OhioChick   Jun-04-11 03:37 PM   #38 
  - OK, so thaaaaaat explains it  TrogL   Jun-04-11 03:45 PM   #39 
  - Depends  RobinA   Jun-04-11 04:17 PM   #40 
  - I took it when I stopped smoking and I think it helped me.  dogday   Jun-04-11 07:14 PM   #43 
  - Benzodiazepines are a critical, indispensible part of my sedation and  kestrel91316   Jun-04-11 08:36 PM   #44 
  - It may be dangerous.  sendero   Jun-04-11 08:49 PM   #48 
  - All I can say..  Ramulux   Jun-04-11 10:44 PM   #51 
  - amen (n/t)  BOG PERSON   Jun-05-11 08:38 AM   #62 
  - Well at least we are being protected from medical marijuana  Bjorn Against   Jun-05-11 12:50 PM   #65 

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