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klonopin-new med for me, what can i expect?

LadyBugLLadyBug Posts: 851
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I know doc gave me klonopin for muscle and nerve pain, is this meds something like Valium? is it like a step up from xanax?


  • I was taking klonopin for anxiety,but it is used to treat other things I think.

    I took the .05mg and it made me very tired unless I took it when I was extemely stressed.Under those circumstances it just calmed my nerves.

    If you check this med list http://www.drugs.com/drug_information.html
    and look up your medication-then look down somewhat on the page on the righthand side you will see 'comments'.There you can read what others have to say about a specific medication and why they were prescribed it.
  • thankyou robin im gonna do that now, im just learnig how to use a cumputer, and im finding all kinds of good things,thanks again for your help
    bless you
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  • :) i use Klonopin for anxiety myself. ~X( no side effects except i occasionally get drowsy so i take it at night. good luck and i hope it helps you to feel better! Jenny :)
  • thanx jenny, i have noticed it might be making me a bit tired today )took a nap today first daytime nap in years but it was nice) i think it is helping to take away some of this muscle pain an spasms. so far im happy with it take care
  • I sent you a PM about this. Klonopin is highly addictive.
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  • thankyou, i read your pm and it was much appreciated bless you for caring to do this.
  • Klonopin is new for me as well. My doc has me taking it in the AM and PM. It definitely seems to be helping with the muscle spasms/tightness in my neck. At this point, I feel better than I have in a while. He has me taking Klonopin and 300 mg Ultram per day and Vicodin when the Ultram doesnt' cut it.
  • i also would have to say the new med is working great, im taking point5 mg 4 times a day, im having no muscle spasm while on it which is almost unbelievable my neck is sum what better, and helps me sleep better at night i also take ultram a couple times a day up to 300 mg if needed no vico for me though the ultram doesn't really help much these days, but i am very concerned at how addicting this klonopin is and that scares me i wonder if this klonopin is a newer drug? im not really into taking new drugs that are new to the market so im a little nervous i also take lunesta fur sleepi think i will talk to my family doc about the addiction part of this med, good luck
  • I have severe muscle spasms in neck, can't sleep. Ativan, which I had already tapered off in May, I'm back on for sleep. Dr. is giving me Klonopin tomorrow. Said I can take it right away, just don't take ativan and klonopin on same day.
    I'll be honest, with the pain I'm in, I don't care if I get addicted to either. As long as this goes away.
  • I'm prescribed clonazepam (here it's called Rivotril rather than Klonopin), and find it to be a good muscle relaxant. It is one of the strongest of the benzodiazepines, and can be quite sedating, especially when you first start taking it. I wouldn't recommend taking it in the daytime until you are more used to its effects. I take it at night time, an hour or two before bed. Some nights I take tizanidine (Zanaflex) instead, which is another (non-benzodiazepine) muscle relaxant. Clonazepam can be addictive and will result in some level of physical dependence, if taken regularly for a long time, as with all the benzodiazepines. Personally I find it more effective and 'smoother' than other benzos like Ativan or Xanax.
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