I have taken Klonopin on and off for several years. Along with mania and depression, I get these menacing panic attacks. I have gone as long as 2 months having constant recurrent attacks. I have also gone as long as 2 years with no attack. A recent trip to the pdoc brought some changes in my medication. I learned that Klonopin stays in your system a good while and it takes longer to work. When the fight or flight response mechanism occurs, that is when I fast relief. It has happened driving, in crowded stores, at work, on planes, in church, and many other places. The longer I go having these attacks the more house bound I become. Therapy has helped to extricate me from some of the effects and I use breathing techniques as well. My doctor decided to put me on Xanax. She says it is quicker acting and leaves your system easily. I have always thought Xanax to be a wicked drug, taking it’s victims prisoner through the continuation of need. I decided I will use the drug very sparingly, only when I am about to jump out of my skin.
I find comfort knowing that once again we will get these attacks under control. Years ago when I was first diagnosed, I visited the Anxiety and Panic Network(tAPir) perpetually. I appropriated myself with some suggestions from fellow sufferers and will take the days as they come. I remind my self evermore, “The alternative being . . . ?”