I hope I'm not too late to chime in on this topic. MylesMom08, you asked what seemed to be a pretty simple question/statement. You felt some fear of starting a new medication. There are always going to be those that agree with a certain medication and those that don't. As much as I feel it important to be educated on the medications one takes, I also feel it important to make someone feel comfortable and not scare someone off medication just because it isn't right for them. What has been stated here, to be completely frank, shows that we really don't know if this medication will work for you or not. The reason for this (this is just me talking not the rest who have responded to this thread) is that no matter what way you slice it, we are all different and whether someone thinks benzos like klonopin is a bandage solution or that SSRIs, SNRIs, etc. can eventually change the balance of serotonin, etc., therefore one can go off it with the possibility of the change being permanent...this is all simply a crap shoot.
Lots of people are afraid of benzos because of the "addictive" nature of them and yet SSRI are extremely difficult to get off of as well. Having said that, so are many medications for various other disorders and diseases. We simply don't know enough about medications for anxiety to state what is consistently good and what isn't. More doctors who are invested in finding out what really helps people who present with anxiety as their primary issue (not depression which can become secondary because of the anxiety) are going back to the older medications...ie: klonopin, valium because they have found that some of their patients simply don't respond well to the newer SSRIs or SNRIs. I say new even though these have been around for many years now. Back in my mother's day, half the women carried valium around with them. When SSRIs came out, there was a big push for doctors to try the "new and better" way of dealing with anxiety. Well new and better for some, has been great but for a good many of us, it has been not so great. SSRIs and SNRIs were developed primarily for people with depression and then some of the them became noted to be helpful for anxiety sufferers. Paxil, at one time was the go to medication for this and was approved for anxiety disorder. Now, most doctor's have stopped prescribing it because they found for many of their patients, it isn't such a wonder drug. For those who are still taking it and having success, wonderful!, but for a very many, it hasn't been so great and is extremely difficult to get off of. Many reports have stated such. My own doctor who put me on it doesn't prescribe it to any of his patient anymore.
The bottom line here is, whether klonopin or any other benzo is a bandage solution, is kind of irrelevant, in my opinion. You tell me how many other drugs for other disorders or disease aren't bandage solutions. My daughter has epilepsy. She has been taking medication for it for over 30 years. Believe me, it is definitely a bandage solution. I've seen her EEGs and all the medication is doing is disguising that she still has epilepsy. Would she go off medication because it is a bandage solution? Absolutely NOT! If she did, frankly she would die. That is how many seizures she still has even with medication taken three times a day. I hope this puts things in perspective for those who worry about bandage solutions versus cure or rebalancing of neurotransmitters etc. In my opinion, if it makes you feel better by taking a benzo, especially a long acting benzo like klonopin, on a daily basis, then go for it. I'm of the opinion that, at least in my case, I was born with this disorder, it's in my genetic makeup, so I don't believe that rebalancing will happen. I went without meds for many years but as I've gotten older, I simply have a better quality of life with meds than without.
Personally, I've tried all kinds of SSRIs, SNRIs, and many other types of anti-depressants including beta blockers (which are really pretty good but just not for me) and I have now been on clonazepam (klonopin) .5 mg twice a day for over 3 years and it has been a Godsend for me. Sure at first, you may feel a little sleepy, but your body adjusts within a couple of weeks. Some people don't even have that feeling. I sleep well at night and it does the trick for me regarding my GAD and panic. By the way, klonopin was originally developed and used for epilepsy but generally isn't used for that today. It is best used as an anti-anxiety medication and used on a daily basis so that there is a constant level in the body. Taken this way, one generally never has to up the dosage as what can happen with the shorter acting benzos (ativan, xanax). Long acting benzos have been around for a long time so you will find there are people who have been on them for many years without having upped their meds the entire time. It isn't unusually to find people who have been taking it for 15 years.
Take what you want from what I've written, but I'm just telling it like I see it. If I were you and I have been in your position...terrified to go on this medication for fear of addiction etc., but from where I stand, I need the meds., they do what I want and if I ever want to go off (which is unlikely because I also take it for essential tremor because I can't take a beta blocker) I would go on a very careful stepping out programme to reduce side effects. One can get side effects from any drug they have been on for an extended period of time and would have to step out carefully to reduce the effects. So don't let that stop you from trying any medication that you feel may help you no matter what issues you are having.