Health QuestionsCategory: TreatmentsAre ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Late4MyLife asked 3 years ago

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong place or repeating a previously addressed topic but I need help for my current situation.
On Klonopin 1 mg 7 years for intractable insomnia. Recently started Lamictal for “cyclical mood disorder”, titrated up as advised to 100 mg then my hair started falling out significantly. Advised to lower Lamictal so I’ve backed down very slowly, now at 62.5 for past week. With this I am having the same exact symptoms I’ve had every time I have tried unsuccessfully to get off Klonopin: extreme lethargy, dizziness, diarrhea/upset stomach, head feels like a lava lamp, twitching, muscles are on fire. I have tried to read all the good info on this site about ACs, Lamictal, benzos and have visited the benzo sites (since I haven’t been able to leave the house in 2 weeks). I know I am addicted to Klonopin. Is this now an anticonvulsant withdrawal from Lamictal because anticonvulsants hit the same place in the brain as Klonopin does? I’m afraid I’m caught in a vicious cycle and terrified I wll need serious detox intervention. I would really appreciate any insight.  Thank you.

3 Answers
Kassiane answered 3 years ago

Re: Are ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Lamictal doesn;t hit the same receptors Klonopin hits, its withdrawal just SUCKS. And Klonopin withdrawal sucks. Adding the two together is just miserable.
 
Kassiane

Late4MyLife answered 3 years ago

Re: Are ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Thank you, Kassiane, for your reply. Apologies for sounding like I’m totally freakin’ out. I was not clear whether ACs can have their own withdrawal. I guess I have to figure out where to go from here. Again, thank you.

jookeyman answered 3 years ago

Re: Are ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Withdrawal is a tricky subject. Normally you would think that the symptoms the drugs treat will rebound but not necessarily so. I do have rebound anxiety from Klonopin withdrawal but I had a severe manic reaction w/ psychosis when I stopped taking Lamictal on two occasions. From what I read most people have severe depression. Maybe it has something to do with being BPI and not BPII, I don’t know.
 
Everybody’s different because we all have our own brand of craziness (to some extent).
 
Jook

Late4MyLife asked 3 years ago

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong place or repeating a previously addressed topic but I need help for my current situation.
On Klonopin 1 mg 7 years for intractable insomnia. Recently started Lamictal for “cyclical mood disorder”, titrated up as advised to 100 mg then my hair started falling out significantly. Advised to lower Lamictal so I’ve backed down very slowly, now at 62.5 for past week. With this I am having the same exact symptoms I’ve had every time I have tried unsuccessfully to get off Klonopin: extreme lethargy, dizziness, diarrhea/upset stomach, head feels like a lava lamp, twitching, muscles are on fire. I have tried to read all the good info on this site about ACs, Lamictal, benzos and have visited the benzo sites (since I haven’t been able to leave the house in 2 weeks). I know I am addicted to Klonopin. Is this now an anticonvulsant withdrawal from Lamictal because anticonvulsants hit the same place in the brain as Klonopin does? I’m afraid I’m caught in a vicious cycle and terrified I wll need serious detox intervention. I would really appreciate any insight.  Thank you.

3 Answers
Kassiane answered 3 years ago

Re: Are ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Lamictal doesn;t hit the same receptors Klonopin hits, its withdrawal just SUCKS. And Klonopin withdrawal sucks. Adding the two together is just miserable.
 
Kassiane

Late4MyLife answered 3 years ago

Re: Are ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Thank you, Kassiane, for your reply. Apologies for sounding like I’m totally freakin’ out. I was not clear whether ACs can have their own withdrawal. I guess I have to figure out where to go from here. Again, thank you.

jookeyman answered 3 years ago

Re: Are ACs and Benzos the same to the brain?
Withdrawal is a tricky subject. Normally you would think that the symptoms the drugs treat will rebound but not necessarily so. I do have rebound anxiety from Klonopin withdrawal but I had a severe manic reaction w/ psychosis when I stopped taking Lamictal on two occasions. From what I read most people have severe depression. Maybe it has something to do with being BPI and not BPII, I don’t know.
 
Everybody’s different because we all have our own brand of craziness (to some extent).
 
Jook