Hello, My Dear Fellow Bloggers and Freinds…
How are you this weekend? I truly hope you have all been enjoying it no matter what you have done.
I’ve actually been feeling rather lousy over the last week. I mean, other than the amount of stress I’m under, I have been feeling sickly. It didn’t dawn on me until Friday late afternoon what it was that was actually making me feel this way.
It was back on July 3rd., that I had seen my psychiatrist for the first time in months. She had taken me off Klonopin. It was originally prescribed to me for insomnia and anxiety that I was experiencing. I was on it for close to nine months or so. She had taken me off that, and in its place, I was prescribed Vistaril. Prior to this visit with her, I had run out of the Klonopin a week or so beforehand.
Well, I’m actually going through withdrawals from the Klonopin, and it’s like one of the worse hangovers is the best way I can describe it. My whole body is tense, I’m nauseated, I feel very anxious, my sleeping cycle is all over the place, and when I do sleep, it’s such an exhausting experience, the vivid, horrible dreams I’ve been having. I’ve been overly irritable, shaky, almost feel like I’m crawling out of my skin.
My self-care routine has been practically non-existent for close to a week. I have virtually no energy whatsoever, and I have found myself isolating even more so than before. My friends want to hang out and I just want to be left alone. I just want to crawl under a rock and hide.
I was chatting back and forth with a fellow blogger, Sue from “My Loud Bipolar Whispers” and she said that the withdrawals can last over two months. (Oh, Joy!) Had I known that it was going to be like this, I would have never taken this medication.
Has anyone else ever had withdrawals from Klonopin? What did you do to get through it?
It’s almost 2:30 pm EST, and I have got to force myself to take a shower and get something, anything accomplished today. Hell, this upcoming week, I have so much on my plate that I need to do in order to resolve the health insurance issue, the issue with the internet service I’ve been paying for so my mother can use her computer. Just seeing it from my perspective only, almost seems impossible feeling the way I do now.
The three things that have kept me somewhat grounded is reading other’s blogs, and playing catch up and writing, and my parrot, Peanut talking back and forth with him. He helps me so much, I don’t know what I would do without him. He is so intuitive in knowing how I feel. “Are you okay?” – “I love you, Mommy.” – “It’s alright.” Amongst all the other things he says to keep me calm.
Okay, enough of this rambling and obvious complaining. Yet, I would like to hear from you, the readers, if you have ever experienced withdrawals from this medication. What did you do to ease the horrible reactions?
Thank you for reading.
Take Care & God Bless,