Mikie or someone, klonopin ? please

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by joannie1, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. joannie1

    joannie1 New Member

    Hi, I have finally talked my Doc in to klonopin after all these months of practically begging, but I have a new Doc I am seeing in the clinic who had no problem giving it a try. Yahoo..
    Here is the problem, the half of a pill wasn't helping as much with the restless leg and sleep as we would of liked so we went up to a full pill at night. Now I can sleep good but, it is like I am so groggy all the time. But my pain has decreased, thankfully with the fibro. However it gets me so relaxed that my restless legs bother me even more then when i don't sleep so well. The klonopin eventualy wins and knocks me out. Do you think that I haven't given it enough time to work it being about a week. Or do you think that I need something more for my restless legs at night? And do you think that eventually the grogginess will let up eventually. It is wonderful to actually "sleep" but now that is all I want to do.
    Thank you for taking the time in reading this.
  2. babyjoan

    babyjoan New Member

    I have been on Klonopin for several years. It will make you very groggy for awhile but that stops after its been in your system a few weeks. Don't give up on it yet. Try to give it a month and if you still don't like the effect then tell your Doc. Hang in there.

    [This Message was Edited on 08/27/2003]
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Joan has given you good advice. Many experience some grogginess in the beginning. You have to stick with it for a while. If after three or four weeks, you are still groggy, talk to the doc about trying something else.

    For those for whom the Klonopin works, it is wonderful as it addresses so many of our symptoms and the longer you take it, the better it works. I wish you luck with this and let us know how you are doing.

    Love, Mikie
  4. joannie1

    joannie1 New Member

    I appreciate the advice you have given me. I just was a bit nervous and wanted to be sure this was normal side effects to it.
    Again thank you so much.
  5. FranWi

    FranWi New Member

    I was just prescribed klonopin today after visiting with a sleep specialist. My study didn't show apnea, as my physician suspected, but rather a lot of micro-awakenings which are associated with fibro.

    The specialist is starting me on 1/2 a pill that I can take right when I go to sleep. He said 1/2 might not do much, but suggested I work up to 1 whole pill. He said that if that dosage makes me groggy - take it an hour and a half before going to bed. Maybe you can experiment with when you take it?