Originally Posted by dropanchor
What's so bad about it if I'm not addicted to the stuff? Opinions?
Well, I hate to say it, but you ARE addicted to "the stuff". In the sense that your body is physically addicted to it. If you would stop using it cold turkey
(please do not do this) you will suffer severe withdrawls that could include anxiety, insomnia, a host of other physical symptoms that could include seizures and even death.
On the other hand, you have been taking it a long time and it sounds like you are not having major issues, which is good. It would be good for you to do some reading and educate yourself on the issues regarding long-term benzo
use. Just type in "long-term use of benzos
" in a search engine, or look up the wikipedia article. Ultimately, it is your decision whether to keep on using klonopin
or to get off of it. My hound used klonopin for 3 years, sometimes off and on, and now is finally clean of it for an extended period of time. He feels much, much better overall now that he has been clean of klonopin for a long time. My hound feels that benzos such as klonopin do have value, especially for treating acute conditions in the short term. However, he feels that they should not be used for long periods of time.
Just because it is prescribed by your doctor, does not mean that there are no side effects
or risks. People often put WAY too much faith in doctors, believing that they are God-like in their knowledge. I work in the medical field, and let me tell you, there are good doctors, bad doctors and great doctors. The percentage of good doctors is fairly small, and the percentage of great doctors is tiny. Even good doctors are often misinformed about benzos, and continue to prescribe them over long periods of time even though the consensus now is that they should normally be used only over the short-term (usually 4 weeks or less).
If you decide to get off klonopin, make sure you do your own research and then if possible, work with a doctor that specializes in benzo withdrawl. Good luck!