Do Patients know More Than Doctors
As someone that has been prescribed Klonopin a medication in the class of Benzodiazepines, I know the benefits and the pitfalls of this medication.
How could it be that blog after blog on this subject and the experiences of others be available to anyone, and somehow physicians don’t know how debilitating it is to withdraw, moreover how to properly withdraw.
Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) many years ago, I was prescribed Klonopin. It helped. It reduced my anxiety significantly to the point my personal and professional life benefitted greatly.
I remember the Doctor said you may have to take these the rest of your life.
Benzodiazepines Can Cause Alzheimer’s Disease
Many years later, we have learned with long term use the withdrawal is horrific, sometimes people will stay on them just to avoid the hell experienced from withdrawal, especially sudden withdrawal.
We know it can affect the G.I. system. We know it can cause cognitive decline, to include Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Pharmaceutical scientist want us to believe at the time this medication was manufactured and tested that they new known of this. I don’t believe that anymore than I believed that cigarette manufacturer’s didn’t know cigarettes were addicting years ago.. That of course has been proven to be a lie.
More importantly, in perusing this subject matter among many blogs, there are many people who are suffering from this silent killer. Due to the Opiate epidemic, it has gone unnoticed.
They won’t tell you there not Qualified
What strikes me is that lay people, people who have been prescribed Benzodiazepines, be it Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax and there are many more, seem to know more about the pitfalls, more about how to properly withdraw from these medications, the physicians do.
That may sound cynical, but my experience, and according to experts, there are not enough Doctors who thoroughly understand the agonizing experience it is to stop these medications.
Enough of my venting, it’s imperative that this subject come to the forefront. That this subject be addressed as seriously and with as much conviction as the Opiod epidemic. Opiates in and of themselves kill people, generally speaking Benzo’s don’t. Do people have to die, before anyone pays attention.
Pressure needs to be applied to the American Psychiatric Association, to Pharmaceutical companies,before any real action will and occur. They need to be paraded on the carpet, for allowing these medications to become the epidemic they are but no one is paying attention
Physicians need to be better educated on not only how to prescribe, but how to safely, and slowly reduce these medications, while remembering there is still an underlying issue of tGeneralized Anxiety Disorder. That stopping a Benzo is important, but having a solution to the underlying issue is equally relevant.
In closing Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood,Mac fame, and anointed spokesperson of the dangers of Klonopin, called Klonopin the drug from hell, further stating the withdrawal off klonopin paled in comparison to her withdrawal from a Ten Thousand dollar a day cocaine habit
I’m hear to tell you as someone that’s been there and done that, this sister is keeping it real. I know from my own personal experience and I never had a cocaine habit.
Most of us can’t afford the treatment she was afforded, and if was that difficult for her while having the best of the best at her side, how’s it gonna be for us average Joe’s