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CAN YOU TAKE PRESCRIBED BENZODIAZEPINES Every Day? (For Depression & Anxiety)



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I, Noah T. have been legally prescribed clonazepam to take as needed for my diagnosed anxiety.

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My Story

My name is Noah and on May 18 2011, I had a rare reaction to a vaccine called VIVITROL and consequently spiraled into a major, agitated, suicidal depression with depersonalization. I lost 25 lbs in 4 weeks and was in full panic or near panic for 8 weeks straight mixed with the darkest most painful depression I cold have ever imagined. I immediately could not work and had to move in with my parents who along with many siblings and friends had to watch me 24/7 as I was so suicidal. I was eventually hospitalized. Getting through each day seemed truly unbearable and I knew I would surely die. I have been put on many many different SSRI’s SNRI’s Tricyclics, Mood stabilizers, anti psychotics, holistic meds, acupuncture and even a form of shock therapy called RTMS. I barely saw any improvement in my condition for a full year. It was decided I had treatment resistant depression and I spent nearly every moment in tears. Weeks after starting my newest round of medications (Seroquel & Nortryptaline) as a last ditch effort, I had my blood drawn for possible hormone imbalances and my Testosterone levels came back 200 ng/Dl and 150 ng/Dl. The average 25 year old male has 750 ng/Dl. With this discovery I for the first time had any type of possible explanation as to why I was not getting better and why I might be so so sick. The symptoms of such Low T are very similar to those of major depression. I started Testosterone replacement therapy soon after and have been checking in with the world and documenting my experience with treatment as well as giving my insight and perspective on various topics of mental health. I am blessed to say that I have slowly, over the last 4 years, been improving and becoming more stable which I never thought to be possible. My low T manifested itself in the form of Major depression, anxiety, and depersonalization/ derealization for over a year. Gaining some mental stability back is nothing short of a miracle as I was near death for what felt like forever. I do not consider myself to be totally healed yet but I am closer now then ever before and aim to use what I have been through to help or at least offer support to others in need I was able to successfully come off my Seroquel and Pamelor.

I work out all the time as a part of my mental health recovery!!! Weight training and all kinds of cardio rule much of my free time!

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46 comments

  1. Marijuana strains like harlequin are better.

  2. I've been on this for three years and it help me with my muscle spasms and anxiety during the day. I Take 1 mg at night is calms me enough were I can get 8ours of sleep where I get anxious some times and it helps relieve my axioms thoughts. But do not mix this with other CNS Depressants such as  alcohol  and Paracetamol  MOAI and certain opioids suck as Vicodin if you don't not have a tolerance builds quickly to these meds so be careful and do not mix with other anti depressants such as SSRI and SNRIS  that can cause overdose and seritioon Syndrome which is not good ad cause suicidal thoughts as well  Warning anyone now with any new schedule med take at home so you know the affects because when though there prescribed to get pulled over by law enforcement if they suspect your on alcohol our under the influence of any  substance you will have to do a sobriety test and fail even if show you have a script they will charge you for driving under the influence.

  3. I have been on Xanax for over 10 years now 2mg. I had an experience 2 years ago where I had to go cold turkey for 16 days. I t was the most difficult thing I have ever experienced in my life. I started Hallucinating by the 5th day and by the 10th days was totally Psychotic. My behavior was that of a paranoid Schzophrenic, wouldn't eat , believed i was being poisioned as was my mother and roommate. By day 14 wouldn't drink water and believed my reality was I was trapped in a underground, huge pinball machine that I couldn't escape from. Could only recognize my friend Jeff and Mother whom were totally afraid of me. My mom said only time in her life she ever locked her bedroom door. I don't believe I slept from the 4th day on. My world was totally surreal not like a dream but larger than life more brilliant and colorful like going from black and white to Colored movie. I was constantly in a state of hallucinating visually, auditorily, Sweating profusely , than just being so cold. I told Jeff on 16th day I was going to die I couldn't take one more day of this, my mother went to hospital and got a pill for me. when she brought it to me I didn't want to take it but after I took it I got my ability to use a computer back enough to notify people that I had know for more than 20 years to call 911 on me, 9 people called in. I told them I was trapped in the GAME. Police came than ambulance and was rushed to emergency room had lost 26 lbs and they gave me another pill and I started to come back to myself again. I consider myself strong in mind and body and I would never , ever have taken one of those first pills if I ever new I would have to experience what I went through. My dream is to get off of them but am so fearful, the pain is unbearable, and Hallucinations unimaginable. Felt like I was in Hellraiser , seriously.

  4. My Doctor prescribed Xanax 0.5mg/twice a day indefinitely. I've been taking it for about 7 months now and it's not working like it used to. I'm going to start tapering off and using it only for emergencies. I found it weird that he prescribed it "forever." I don't know…

  5. Want all the benzo's, opiates, anti-depressants, etc. out of your life. Use marijuana. Both CBD and THC. Pot, for me works better than ANY man made benzo. Not to mention you can take it in many different forms. It is a lifesaver for me.

  6. No-one wants a part time 4 month cure that they take back..It makes,zero sence..They don't have it so this idea seems fine,to them. I faught anxiety all my, life. I,say give, what works , and be done. You will come off, when you want, as,I did. Many times..to keep me ok. Take magnesium, and three sips of wine when really scared. These people don't have it and, if they did, they would have a med that works that you can just be done with it, by now.

  7. Depends on the person on if it will help or not. For me I found Valium about 5 years ago and have known since it was something that can help me greatly… Almost unbelievable for a long time. I've been off and now I'm back on them and have taken as prescribed tho I do need the diazepam daily due to the complexity of my situation (ptsd, panic, ocd, mood disorder, concussions and bodily trauma). It helps me so much it's scared me bcuz of risking addiction and rebound anxiety. For me it's a no brainer at the point it's needed for me, maybe not for the rest of my life but for now 👍

  8. Y is ur head on upside down 🙃

  9. Every other day at most everyday HELL no

  10. Also Dr's don't know or care money man that's it not me

  11. Sure you can you will be a hopeless addict better off doing coke or opiates not a joke people

  12. No! went you need a drug to feel normal then you lost the ability to ever live a normal life
    5 years on 3 benzos
    16 months of cold turkey withdrawals
    15 years free of any drugs, except caffeine 2 cups in the morning

  13. Jesus comment section is scary. Benzos were not meant to be taken long term. Ever. The point was to aid with panic/anxiety & then get to the psychology of why the attacks are occurring as a tag team effort. Instead drs just Rx them for YEARS while ppl are destroying almost every normal functioning part of the brain: the prefrontal lobe, hypocampus, etc

    It’s insane to me that ppl would risk this. I understand debilitating panic attacks etc. but in the long term (sometimes it takes yrs bc it happens) these drugs do far worse.

  14. Just stop drinking. No need for benzos if you do that.

    I recently weened myself off booze and the anxiety and tight-chested panic attacks sucked. Lavender oil stopped that in its tracks. I think called Calm Aid. Bought at Sprouts. A gel-cap.

  15. I take them everyday, have for years on and off. I'm aware of the horrendous and potentially deadly detox. I'm prescribed 120 valium 5s per month. I'll be honest though I take more of them the first week or so and then take extremely low doses the last week or do before refilling.

  16. Panic / anxiety took my life by storm and I’ve been taking 0.5mg of Xanax every day for 6 months I was almost about to kill my self because no doctor could help me get rid of this terrible feelings. But Xanax brought me back. But now I’m afraid to get off and fall into that state of constant fear any advice????

  17. Yes, and I'd venture that many people take them daily. I myself have been taking Valium (5mg three times a day) from 1974 to now in 2018. Without Diazepam (generic name), I would have many more panic attacks and daily anxiety that is debilitating. When I started taking this drug back in 1974, the MDs (and the Pharmaceutical companies) claimed that there was absolutely no problem with building up a tolerance &/or withdrawing later on. My current MD prescribes this for me since he knows that I've been taking this for so long (without any major problems) and he also knows that the only way I could get off of this would be 6 to 12 months in hospital clinic. And at my age there is just no reason to suffer. Besides, I'd get back anxiety and panic attacks.

  18. There are doctors, children of God, many and good. But of the devil … there are, there are.
    ADVICE FROM THE DEVIL TO YOUR MEDICAL CHILD:
    1 .- "My son, the most important thing in life is money, look for it and it will open all the doors and you will get everything you want, all the tips that follow have as a final goal that you get money.
     2 .- "In your profession as a doctor keep this important concept in mind:" Neither cure, nor kill, but keep sick. "If you cure or kill, the client is finished and the money is finished. Try to have your clients in a disease not mortal and you will have your money insured. To this end tend the following tips. "
    3 .- "Create addicts. Recipe medications that generate physical and psychological dependence and so you will have hooked your client and you will ensure your periodic visits. If he tries to become independent from you, he will feel so bad that he will return home. "
    4 .- "Side effects are the most important, take care that the drugs you prescribe, while it seems to cure part of the body, get three or four, so you will have more consultations, more money and more time sick to the client "
    5 ..- "Always be" angel of light. "Do honor to your name:" Lucifer. "Everything you do or say should appear: truth, virtue, wisdom, altruism, love of neighbor, you are a representative of medicine You are the doctor, the one who knows, demands blind trust and whenever you can discredit any other alternative medicine, your true interests must go unnoticed: you already know that you are the son of the inventor of the "lie".
    6 .- "Keep in ignorance, so that your prestige does not take risks keep as much as you can in ignorance to your clients, the one who knows is you, always speak in difficult so that it is practically not understood, like your letter. Avoid prescribing medications that specify in detail the side effects and contraindications because the client can stoke and you will lose it. "
    7 .- "Start with the complex, do not ever start with simple things, like listening, getting your tongue out, researching what you eat or similar things, because it can happen that a simple and small thing solves the problem and you will stay without taking advantage of those devices that you have bought and how many dollars they cost you: you have to make them produce ".

  19. I am in the process of weaning and am down to .25 mil per day, I was at two mil per day. I was also on 50 mil tramadol which was a piece of cake to quit compared with benzo.
    I decided to get off the meds when I realized the good doctor was using meds on me as a chemical leash (Keep you coming back for more) .
    I have found that exercise and diet help with getting off benzos, things that make it worse are alcohol, junk food, sugary drinks, and coffee.
    When coming off benzos you can expect blood pressure spikes, irritability, and worse than these, you lose your inhibitions and self control becomes difficult.
    This is whet I have found

  20. I would describe this Drug as the lament configuration box from Hellraiser. The start feels amazing then drops you into the abyss of Hell especially when trying to come off this stuff is pain that cant put into words. I knew people that are mentally tough and strong willed that took as prescribed by their doctor for treating muscle cramps then they were bed ridden due to developing a tollerence and trying to come off cold turkey with out being advised how super addictive they are. not everyone experiences but there is a huge fraction that does if you have that genetic code.

  21. Got into Valium and Xanax (among others) in 2004, to this day still struggle with it. I can’t seem to let them go, I’ve been arrested over 10 times while on Xanax or because of having it on me, been to prison twice for theft because of it. It unlocks the dark side in people, creates antisocial behavior.

  22. XANAX IS THE FUCKING SHIT

  23. faggot you dont have anythying but some sort of personality disorder that requires you to draw too much attention to felecomfortable. maybe look into borderline or whatever. until i that despise your kind

  24. I will never understand the "as needed" phenomenon because I'm an addict. I "need" happy/numbing pills every minute of my life. I've been on the benzo roller coaster. I think a person is either an addict or they're not. And an addict will struggle with benzos.

  25. If ur strong willed and am not a yes person (easy addictive, don't hav control over prescribed meds)yes I think it's ok…i was on zopliclone for 5 years at a very dangerous level of mgs..now I've been put on diazepam to ween me off of zopliclone, been on benzos for 6 months 5mg 3x a day…i myself hav tried to quit benzos and man oh man!!! The withdrawals are the absolute worst…dont take them unless you hav proper support and weed out the enablers..im now an addict I see it..it sucks life now is revolving around my med due date..torture….

  26. I think benzos should be taken with care on an as needed basis only when needed. Benzo withdrawal is horrible and I don't think daily use is ever worth it.

  27. Ativan 3 years and suffering now once I hit tolerance! Tapering off and my life is a mess. I should of done therapy instead. Big pharma needs to show the warning labels!!!!! It makes you feel normal and great until it turns on you. That's exactly what happened to me. Then it turned my anxiety into hell! Benzos don't descriminate 2 days a week is still too much! See how easy it helps you watch how fast it destroys you. Its a central nervous system controlling medication and causes brain damage. Watch the benzo Dr. ASHTON video!

  28. I believe in taking as needed. I think everyone should have benzos in their medicine cabinet but only as needed. I am going though a nasty divorce and I take them DEFINITELY when needed. Otherwise I would be pulling my hair out. But to make you feel better? I am neutral on the subject..

  29. There's no problem taking them it's the same with Oxys as long as you keep that coming. It's when you stop taking them and you have to go through withdrawals that's when the problems starts

  30. i have had the worst anxiety for so long in my early twenties nothing helped i was in the emergency room 4 times a week just for the doctor to tell me im fine and healthy and thats it. then a friend of mine who has almost the same symptoms of anxiety as me offered me xanax so i took it and holy shit i could go hiking i could go out and swim in the summer go to the beach i could go to the gym i could be normal without thinking i was having a fucking heart attack everyday it was truley perfect he was giving me 2mg xanax bars and i would take 1/4 some days and somedays 1/2 a bar depending but it was perfect and i was on it for 3 years self medicating and dosing then but because i was not getting it from doctor and getting it from a private online retailer that person ended up getting picked up by i guess the police so i was left with nothing and no where to get it cause i didnt trust anyone els and i went to the doctors i told them that i was on it for 3 years and it helped me perfect but i didnt have a way of getting it anymore ALL OF THEM ALL 10 FUCKING PIECES OF SHIT SAID sorry to bad i dont prescribe that or omg never sorry thats bad blah blah blah until on the 3rd day i had a major seizure and ended up in the hospital for 2 days and they still WOULD NOT GIVE ME ANY BENZO they said if i had another seizure in hospital then they would give me ativan through the IV in my arm i said fuck you left then my friend appeared again like an angel with real clean tested 2mg xanax like i was taking before so i took it and litterally all symptoms went away and i was fine iv been taking it maturely not abusing it for now 6 years and the only side effect i have noticed is because i take it I NEVER PARTY I NEVER DRINK im healthy all health tests recently i took for everything heart brain liver kidneys everything completely healthy but still NO doctors will prescribe it they would rather say im depressed and need some fucking horrible poison anti depressant that has ten times worse side effects and also MAKES U DEPENDENT BUT THEY WOULD RATHER HAVE U ON THAT THEN THE ONE THING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR YOU its a joke the medical system is broken and ill tell anyone having anxiety or if you are self medicating and it works for you as long as your healthy and u are not abusing it and you are mature and being responsible then do what works for you cause no one no doctor can actually feel how u feel you know yourself best period. but if u cant be responsible and u cant be mature and u abuse it then u need help and u shouldn't be taking it that is my story in a nutshell and that is what i think

  31. I was on Valium for back pain and ended up developing anxiety. I noticed I was a different person while on them, and I was lucky I had an understanding wife that pulled me up on it. I went round in circles trying to come off them, with little help from my doctor. In the end I saw a naturopath to come off them. I have not seen a GP since. My brother was also prescribed Valium for his anxiety for "short term use only", ten years on, and a couple of near death experiences, failed relationships and lost jobs he is still struggling to with them. Benzos downregulate your GABA receptors and the longer you are on them, regardless of dose, the harder it is to come back from. Kava Kava has been scientifically proven to heal your GABA receptors. Don't try coming off them yourself, go see and naturopath or herbalist that can work with your GP to come off them. Your doctor alone is very limited in the tools they have to help you. Just weening alone is painful and unnecessary.

  32. No the body/brain builds up a tolerance to it and you end up needing more, which is when it becomes detrimental. It's a band aid.

  33. Benzos only as needed Only you will get hooked fast and withdrawl symptoms are Brutal long lasting can kill you with seizures. They are more addictive than heroin or better yet Meth yea I said it meth I did them also but at least withdraw only last few weeks .not benzos will take you years even tapering . Play with fire you Will burn and burn and burn x100 to the second power ! Low dose high dose no different if you can take it 2 times a week yea but you will fall in love quick safety warm blanket,security,feel soooo good .beware make sure your doctor will give you an exit plan valium helps but most doctors will just up up your dose or give you fucking depression medication just as bad but withdrawals don't compare to Benzos .choice your poison wisely or end up in a psychiatric ward like I did

  34. As needed works. But some weeks i need every day. .25 twice a day.
    Also vistaral is good for sleep.
    When you get some good sleep it’s easy to stop.

  35. They stop working after a while.

  36. I have been on Clonazepam for 15 yrs. No matter how hard I try I cannot fuction without this medicine. I went a yr without and the withdrawl and panic never left for a yr. I had to tap!

  37. I started taking kolonopin when i was pregnant with my 3rd child for my anxiety. And i continued taking it on and off for about 5 yrs after i had her. I found myself taking it not bc i needed it but bc it made me feel good. Like you said, you feel like when you put it in your mouth everything is gonna be ok and you're just going to have an awesome day. Then i begin to realize that i was becoming emotionally dependent on it and i knew that wasnt good. So i gave my pills to my husband to keep for me and he would give them to me when i felt like i needed them. But even then i was wanting to take them everyday. I would take 2 to 3 just to get the same high i got when i first started taking them. Eventually, my husband just got fed up with it and flushed them down the toilet. That just hsppened recently so im hoping i dont have any negative side effects from withdrawal but i think it was for the best. My advice to anyone taking these drugs is dont take them if you dont REALLY need them! To me, these drugs should only be taken if someone is having a really bad panic attack or something like that. They're just very highly addictive drugs. Right now im kind of going through a depressed state bc i dont have my pills anymore and my dr stopped prescribing them so i have no choice but to stop but i think it was a blessing in disguise bc theres no telling how much longer i would have kept taking them. Good luck to anyone trying to stop these drugs. You can do it!!

  38. I have been on Klonopin for 5 months now and it has helped me so much. I take it as needed and not every day. Antidepressants do not work for me. They make me worse. But I only take one a day if I need it. I don't feel high. I just calm down. I can even work and drive on em. I am on 1 mg bit break it in half and only take .5

  39. So far I've been taking Valium 2.5 mil tablets for months. I'm very aware of it's dangers. But its the only thing that's working.

  40. So many horror stories with so many variables.
    Yes, benzos can cause grief, but only for a few. I have been taking 1mg per day ativan for 8 years since PTSD ruined my life. I could not sleep because of racing thoughts about the horror of that day. But benzos should not be the first choice for daytime anxiety. I have found great herbals that do just as well, when high activity does not help. But for racing thoughts at night, my Dr and I tried all the families and Ativan was the only fix. He said that long term use of benzos is a disaster for those with an addictive personality and that I am not one. The recommended beginning dose for sleep disorders is 2 mg. But, because the moment your blood contains 2 mg, your receptors adjust, and 1 mg will not work anymore. So he started me at 1. The perfect choice. They have a half life of 5 hours, which is when my bladder disorder requires I get up anyway. Then, to make sure I never have more than 1 mg in me, I top up the remaining half life with another 1/2 mg, which takes me to normal waking time. They create a natural sleep pattern, that is, you think for a half hour they are not going to work, then you get instantly switched off for 5. When you wake up, you are not groggy. Full speed ahead.. If it was a rough day, and the dose does not seem to work well, a tablespoon of wine or liquor interacts with it and boosts the effect.
    Without them, my health would be ruined with sleep deprivation. For lo dose users, withdrawal horror is overrated. If I forget my dose, I am simply unable to sleep much as was the case before I went on them.

  41. I use .5mg lorazepam as needed up to 3 if i feel like I need to. I don't abuse the dosage. I don't drink smoke or anything else . I eat healthy. I should exercise more…. but i don't. I would like not to take anything. But an anxiety attack is scary and i have depression on and off…. i don't realize i am in it then i realize it. I feel okay on this RX….and it has been years. I feel this has had no side effects where as another RX that i first tried gave me brain shocks….. if i don't take this…. it has no residual effect…. so as needed works!!!

  42. I’m currently bedridden from benzo tolerance/withdrawal. 13 years on clonazepam and only taken as prescribed. The panic i experience now is the definition of hell. Soon as you hit tolerance you are f*cked.

  43. Alprozolam (Xanax) helped me tremendously but when your not on them everything comes back, they stopped me from committing suicide, with the right psychologist and having a plan will get you to the right places

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