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Old 11-07-2008, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Day 23 and having panic attacks. Please Help


Im at day 23 without opiates, howver the panic attacks are brutal. Ive been taking 1.5 klonopin a day and it seems that its not working. Should I ask doc for valium or what. I just feel like Im dying. So freaking scarey. I know benzos are highley addictive, but I dont care right now. Once I get past the opitae problem, I will get off benzos.

waking up at 4 in the morning with full blown panic bites chit.

God Bless for this website. I love all of you and know what your going through.
My prayers are with everyone of you,
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Micheal the anxiety from opiate withdrawal or from just not using will go away.
I really feel for you as i too am going thru major anxiety. I stopped using/drinking on monday.

I have to tell you that benzos were the worse thing i have ever weened off.
Yes they are very addictive but addiction will be the least of your worries with that stuff.
Hopefully you have a doctor that is knowlagable (sp) about benzos.

I puked for 2 months coming off klonopin. I too started with a small amount that grew to 13.5 mg daily and more......much more.
I really thought i was going to die from that stuff.

I have to tell you that it does work for anxiety but your doctor will probably have to increase the dose now and then as the body builds up a tolerance to it quickly.
That's where the danger starts.

I guess what i'm trying to get across concerning benzos is BE VERY CAREFUL,
not all doctors give a crap about what happens to their patients.

We're all here for you my man.
You'll get thru this as will I.

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Old 11-07-2008, 07:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Aww....Michael sorry you got such bad anxiety...
I just don't know about the klonopin..it doesn't help some people..maybe you could get valium instead???
Forgive me for prying but...is there something imparticular that you are thinking about ??? Is it the wierd sense of reality that slaps us in the face when we quit opiates?? I felt that way for a long time..like I was back in a world I had been away from ..and had neglected my self so much..Mind you I don't know anything here...I am just going off my own experience...High anxiety is normal for opiate withdrawal...
Try talking to us here more maybe..if you can drum up some words...we will be here for you.
What was the reason that you decided to get clean from opiates if I may ask..We all have different reasons...some loose their kids..their wife..legal trouble..or in my case I was almost DEAD and it was obvious..I was so dependant on opiates to live...
If it seems like a stupid question..don't answer ...just trying to ge tto know ya ...
Thinking of you ...
You can always go to the ER if you feel really bad...I think it would be a good idea right now...
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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North is good to talk too about this Micheal.............she is really a wise gal.


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Old 11-07-2008, 09:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Aww....Michael sorry you got such bad anxiety...
I just don't know about the klonopin..it doesn't help some people..maybe you could get valium instead???
Forgive me for prying but...is there something imparticular that you are thinking about ??? Is it the wierd sense of reality that slaps us in the face when we quit opiates?? I felt that way for a long time..like I was back in a world I had been away from ..and had neglected my self so much..Mind you I don't know anything here...I am just going off my own experience...High anxiety is normal for opiate withdrawal...
Try talking to us here more maybe..if you can drum up some words...we will be here for you.
What was the reason that you decided to get clean from opiates if I may ask..We all have different reasons...some loose their kids..their wife..legal trouble..or in my case I was almost DEAD and it was obvious..I was so dependant on opiates to live...
If it seems like a stupid question..don't answer ...just trying to ge tto know ya ...
Thinking of you ...
You can always go to the ER if you feel really bad...I think it would be a good idea right now...
Here for ya!!
love north
About a month ago I went to dinner with wife and we had a few magaritas. Then, we decided to drive 2 hours to the casino and spend the night. I had takin 3 lortabs with dinner and then had a few more on the way to the casino while drinking a few beers on the road. very stupis, I know. We got to the casino, took a few more pills. had several beers and 4 margaritas. I was higher then hell. It was 5am so I thought Id pop a few zanax to get some sleep. MAN, I woke up in a living hell. puked blood and was so disoriented I started to freak out, but knew I had to check out and get home. So, I took a zanax and a few lortabs to make the trip. I made it home and thats what made me decide it was time to quit. I didnt have a choice. I thought I was dying and a good chance that I could of that night. Im so freaking ashamed of myself leeting this addiction get so out of hand. Anyhow, thats what mad me decide to quit. Its been a rough month. What doesnt kill you, makes you stronger I hope. I know Im messing around with the klonpin and shouldnt, but, Ive had suicide thoughts when the panic is so bad so I decided to take the benzos for a wile longer until I get a bit better and can cope with life. I know it going to be a bitch to get of them, however, Im going to an addiction pycriatrist next week to try to get on a taper plan. Im taking approx 1.5 mg a day. Thanks for all the help y'all have been giving me. God Bless all of you. Love, Michael
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Oh wow..thanx...now I feel like we know ya a little better..
Yeah that incomprehensible demoralization that addiction brings really can be a waker upper!! What a miserable trip huh??
Well thank god you DON'T have to do that again...and if you do ..well it will always be there for you if you get tired of sobriety...our misery is always still there for us to pick right back up where we started..
Your wife must be ..hmmmm..mother teresa???? Some of us on this board are blessed with "heavenly mates"..I swear!!
Thank god for other people out there...that care about us huh??
Thank god you can go see the addction doc...
Thank god you have people to talk to and mostly..
thank god you are ALIVE ...by all rights most of us should NOT be!!
Thank god you are here!! We realy are like surivors of a shipwreck sometimes...that bond....stay close..
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Micheal the anxiety from opiate withdrawal or from just not using will go away.
I really feel for you as i too am going thru major anxiety. I stopped using/drinking on monday.

I have to tell you that benzos were the worse thing i have ever weened off.
Yes they are very addictive but addiction will be the least of your worries with that stuff.
Hopefully you have a doctor that is knowlagable (sp) about benzos.

I puked for 2 months coming off klonopin. I too started with a small amount that grew to 13.5 mg daily and more......much more.
I really thought i was going to die from that stuff.

I have to tell you that it does work for anxiety but your doctor will probably have to increase the dose now and then as the body builds up a tolerance to it quickly.
That's where the danger starts.

I guess what i'm trying to get across concerning benzos is BE VERY CAREFUL,
not all doctors give a crap about what happens to their patients.

We're all here for you my man.
You'll get thru this as will I.

..Joe
I will pray for you. God Bless. Love You
Ive been taking benzos for approx 6 years. low dose like .25 a night to sleep until last month when I went up to approx 1.5 a day. I know this is going to suck coming off. But, I will.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ahhhh...now the anxiety really does make alot of sense with your benzo use !! The MAIN symptom of benzo withdrawal is SEVERE ANXIETY!!! Worse than opiate withdrawal in my humble opinion...
Dang I feel for you!. Glad you are seeing the doctor!! You would probaly really benefit from a taper.

Joe...two months puking...well the fun just never ends with outr beloved drugs huh!!!! I hate this disease...
thanx for sharing what you have Michael...we are right here for ya anytime..it helps so much to have this place huh??
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Michael,

You might ask your doctor about a beta blocker for the anxiety. I take a tiny dose of tenomin and it keeps my heart from beating so fast. I feel much calmer. I've been on it for years with no problem due to mitral valve prolapse but I understand it's used for "stage fright" at times. It makes a world of difference for me.

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If you've been taking the klon for awhile then you might've hit tolerance with it and you're in a state withdrawal from the benzo. Worth talking to a doctor about.
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