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Question: Klonopin dosage


 luckie_couture - Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:33 am

Hi. I'm a 21 y.o. male. I have never had any surgeries or other medical conditions. At the age of 19, I began having strong panic attacks, which led me to believe that something was terribly wrong with my heart. Finally, after countless trips to the ER, and having numerous EKGs (all of which came back normal), I was diagnosed with Severe GAD, and panic attacks with agoraphobia. I stopped flying, taking the subway, traveling, and well...I just stopped. I had my medication (which at the time was Xanax .25 TID), but I was too afraid to take it, often just getting it filled and throwing it away. I've finally found a Doctor who is listening to me and actually trying to help me, but I am having the same problems. She has prescribed to me Klonopin 1 miligram TID. I am too afraid to ask her if this in any way will affect my heart. After being told several times(and having EKGs, labs, o2 saturations done, all coming back healthy) that nothing is wrong with my heart, I cant bring myself to take it, because I am afraid it will hurt my heart. I really need to take this medication, but I'm too afraid too. Will this hurt me? During one of my numerous ER visits, I was given a shot of ativan, and I was petrified until it took affect. I'm so confused and scared. Please help.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:58 pm

User avatar Hi Luckie_couture,

Klonopin is a medication that is related to ativan or xanax. It is safe for the heart. It is often used for anxiety and panic disorders.

This medicine may help you significantly. In addition I would recommend you seek a counselor to help work through this issue with. Often psychologists (highly trained therapists) can help patients with anxiety disorders learn ways to cope with the disorder and bring it under control.

Best wishes.

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