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A drug to remember my dreams

Two nights ago I dreamed that C and I had an argument about signing up for premium cable. C signed up for premium cable without telling me, because he wanted the SciFi channel. I was extremely annoyed and a bit mystified since C doesn't like scifi that much. I woke up a bit grumpy, because of it. Then I read that Jed signed up for this very service. How strange.

I don't think this means that I sleepwalked in the night and read Jed's blog. Usually I rarely remember my dreams and when I do, my brain is trying to tell me something. So I tried to figure it out what it all meant. I came up pretty blank, except that I kinda wanna move and C doesn't.

Then last night I remembered my dream again upon waking. I remembered dream recall was a weird side-effect of clonazepam when I tried it for short time last year. A search online reveals clonazepam is also used to treat sleep disorders.

Clonezepam is one of those kitchen sink drugs that seems to help a whole host of brain problems and no one quite knows why. Pretty interesting and scary.

I'm ramping up very slowly on clonazepam to see if it will help with my myoclonic dystonia. It helped before, but also made me bipolar, but my dose was probably too high. So far nothing but remembering my dreams. Not bad as side effects go.



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Oct. 20th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
(nod) Prozac will cause me to remember my dreams when I usually do not. The literature lists this side-effect as "vivid dreams." Fortunately, they tended to be good or interesting ones, not scary. I kinda miss this side effect.
Oct. 20th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this side-effect with me. Interesting!
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
From anonymous
I left you that anonymous message the other day, and I just felt I had to register so I wasn't leaving you anymore anonymous messages because I feel so drawn to your blog for some reason...maybe because you seem so much like me....but like 10 years older...I hope I got that age right..haha...anyway I just want to say that I tried clonazepam for my myoclonic dystonia and I felt the same way, and very sedated. Right now I am taking Keppra, Inderal, in the process of weaning off of Topamax because my dr. told me its nickname was "dopamax" and that's what it really makes me feel like. I am going to try something that is used to treat glaucoma callled Neptazane...will let you know how that goes. I just feel the need to let you know about this drug that is fairly new that a neurologist told me about that I have not have a chance to try yet called Xyrem that is currently used to treat narcolepsy but in studies has been shown to be very successful in treating specifically m.dsytonia. If you look it up it sounds like a pain to use, you need to take it many times a day, (why I have not tried it, but probably will soon if this new stuff doesn't make much difference) but to me but it sounds very promising. I haven't seen much research on it except on pubmed so that's why I wanted to spread the word.
Oct. 20th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: From anonymous
Oh I'm so flattered! I'm so pleased you found my LJ. Our disorder is so rare. It's so wonderful to find someone else with the same thing.

Thanks for the info about the drugs!! Very helpful!! It's all a big drug experiment on yourself, isn't it?
Oct. 21st, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Klonopin/clonezepam is a benzo (which I guess you probably already know). If you're on it for more than 2 weeks, taper off slowly. People say you can't get addicted that quickly, but I became dependant on Xanax in 18 days. I didn't take the "taper slowly" advice, and had horrible gut-wrenching, skin-crawling, shaking drug withdrawls. It made me understand why drug addicts steal to get their next fix.

I frequently remind women on svppmd that taking drugs is an experiment. You take them, and then you've got more data about what does or doesn't work.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that withdrawal sounds horrible.

Yeah everything I do to treat my disability is an experiment on myself. So little is known about myoclonic dystonia. Even the name is just a fancy Latin functional description of a symptom.
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