Well what my doc and psychologist said was that most of hte time klonopin is used while waiting for an SSRI to become effective and that is when the klonopin is weaned off. Buspar is a lot different than an SSRI and is a lot more milder. I had horrible side effects with SSRIs (lexapro and paxil) and I told my doctor there is absolutely no way I am taking those again so please prescribe me something that is not like that. So she gave me buspar.
Problem is... the buspar isn't enough. I think its for people with milder everyday anxiety but not to the extent I have (hypochondria). I'm not mild anxiety, but I don't think I am full fledged awful either. It does help with the physical symptoms (I no longer have tightness in my chest, or wake up grinding my teeth, and overall am just calmer) though I still have panic moments and freak out sessions. It does not prevent everything. I like it because it does not alter my mood and I do not feel like I am someone else (like I did on SSRIs) I feel like myself and I enjoy life for the most part. But I still have bad anxiety at times. So the doc prescribed my klonopin. She gave me 45 pills plus 1 refill. I don't know. I've seen people on it for a long time and heard others say you shouldn't because its addictive.
Personally, I would never abuse this drug. I worked in a drug and alcohol rehab center and know just what addiction can do. I would take the anxiety over wondering whether I am becomin addicted. I am more afraid of taking medications than anything. I was so hesitant about these two... but they both seem to be working great together. I know I posted that i was REALLY sleepy earlier... but that effect seems to have waned. I do get sleepy and depending on how I am when I take it, sometimes it will put me to sleep and others it won't.
I hope that I will be able to get a refill on klonopin because honestly it has helped tremendously. And I don't feel the need to take it everyday. I know the anxiety will be short term. My attacks never last longer than a year (and I'm going on month 5 now) The root cause of my anxiety (my mole/dermatalogy issues) have started to taper off and I"m seeing a psychologist now. So hopefully it will be over soon. But I can't tell you how much this combo of meds has helped me. And how grateful that I still feel like myself. I feel like I can go out and live my life again since I started taking them together. I go out with friends, have a great social life and I don't worry so much about my fears. Isn't that what it should all be about?
I am also taking only 1mg. I've read posts where people are up to 4 or 5mg. 1 mg seems to do the trick for me and I've been on it about two weeks. I think not taking it everyday prevents me from needing to up the dosage. Because it works everytime and I've read that usually you are addicted to it by week 2. And I don't feel that. I don't know, but this combo is amazing!