I take Klonopin, to me a miracle drug compared to Xanax as the withdrawal symptoms are far less severe. The problem is, like Xanax, its street popularity has made it an act of congress just to get a prescription now, and the last few doctors seem to think that Celexa, or Prozac, or Zoloft, will do what Klonopin does. That is a lie. Even if added with Klonopin, I have found all thre only reverse the positives Klonopin offers to me: relief of anxiety of many kinds, a better handle on depression, and the ability to relax and sleep better. The others only killed my appetite, destroyed my sex life and robbed me of sleep every night.
I am not a doctor, but I think the answer for me was an increased dose of Klonopin. In Texas, I was given a script for 2 mgs twice daily. In North Carolina, I can only get 1 mg twice daily and the choice of the SSRI's I mentioned above. I have told every doctor I felt my best on the 2 mg twice daily regimen, but due to the new laws regarding benzodiazepines, no doctor will go above 1 mg. Instead, they offer anti depressants which, for me, seem to counter the very things they are being prescribed to me for. I have chosen not to take Prozac, as it appears to be quite similar to Celexa, and again I don't feel like losing sleep, losing sex, losing my appetite and the other side effects from taking Naproxen and Tramadol, since doctors are also afraid to prescribe the other drug that helps me with my chronic back pain: Soma.
When I was on both Klonopin and Soma, I felt the best I've felt in years. I have also tried Depakote, Effexor, and more, all of which failed miserably. So now I have a stockpile of Zoloft, Celexa and Prozac because I want to see what my doctor says next month at my appointment when I lie and say I'm taking the Prozac and having the same bad side effects as I was with Celexa, which are plainly posted on the info sheet attached with the medication.
It is causing me anxiety which I'm supposedly being treated for having to live month to month on a refill. This is stupid to me and quite counterproductive to my treatment for anxiety. I just wish I could go back to the 2 mgs twice a day, and the 2 350 mgs of soma and get a 1 year script so I don't have anxiety or pain having to grovel for a lousy one month prescription. I'm not a drug dealer or a drug abuser. I am a regular person just trying to live a more normal life but the dealers and abusers are ruining it all for the people like me.