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      | 389 |      LEAD PLAINTIFF: silentjealousy      Case Filed: 2010-01-31
Case Summary:
My name is Brian Baxter and I live in Albany, NY. I have been injuried by taking generic Xanax (Alprazolam) a benzodiazepine.

Benzodiazepines are drugs such as Xanax (Alprazolam), Librium (Chlordiazepoxide), Klonopin (Clonazepam), Valium (Diazepam), and Ativan (Lorazepam) among others.

Over the past year of being sick after coming off Alprazolam I have seen countless doctors and have received no help except the denial that these medications can injury people in the way that I have been. Turning to the internet I have found 1000's of other people that have taken a benzodiazepine and have been injured in the same fashion that I have.

To hear my full story up till August 2009 please what my story http://blip.tv/file/2507763/

Everyday I continue to get emails from others who have been injured by this class of drugs and the forums I have become a part of have new members all the time looking for help. People stay sick on average for 6 to 18 months and indeed longer.

If you have been injured or damaged by a benzodiazepine please sign up for this class action.

To date if I stand I get very high heart rates 120+ beats per minute. Taking a shower my pulse is 140+ beats per minute. I have severe fatigue and severe gastric disturbances along with a list of other medical issues that were not present before being on Alprazolam.

My hope is to go after the companies who make these benzodiazepines and bring public awareness to this problem. People have suffered alone in silence too long.

Case Detail:
My name is Brian Baxter and I live in Albany, NY. I have been injured by taking generic Xanax (Alprazolam) a benzodiazepine.

Benzodiazepines are drugs such as Xanax (Alprazolam), Librium (Chlordiazepoxide), Klonopin (Clonazepam), Valium (Diazepam), and Ativan (Lorazepam) among others.

Over the past year of being sick after coming off Alprazolam I have seen countless doctors and have received no help except the denial that these medications can injury people in the way that I have been. Turning to the internet I have found 1000's of other people that have taken a benzodiazepine and have been injured in the same fashion that I have.

To hear my full story up till August 2009 please what my story http://blip.tv/file/2507763/

Everyday I continue to get emails from others who have been injured by this class of drugs and the forums I have become a part of have new members all the time looking for help. People stay sick on average for 6 to 18 months and indeed longer.

If you have been injured or damaged by a benzodiazepine please sign up for this class action.

To date if I stand I get very high heart rates 120+ beats per minute. Taking a shower my pulse is 140+ beats per minute. I have severe fatigue and severe gastric disturbances along with a list of other medical issues that were not present before being on Alprazolam.

My hope is to go after the companies who make these benzodiazepines and bring public awareness to this problem. People have suffered alone in silence too long.

2014-12-09  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Halcionvictim
 

Case Details:
Severe and repeated cold turkey benzo withdrawals caused by medical professionals who refuse to taper off after keeping family member on benzos - and increasing doses - for a year. If her doc left town, no one else would refill prescripts - or if she changed therapists the one prescribing cut her off. This can be deadly and has caused severe adverse effects -- protracted for many months.


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2014-10-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
alevievans
 

Case Details:
Klonopin has taken all that was good about my life do to its ability to completely take all ambition and drive out of life... not only this I have been hospitalized multiple times do to the fact that the agency that started me on this medicine abruptly made a policy to no longer prescribe these medications. It is my belief that they realized how many people they were getting hooked on these magic pills without proper explanation of long term side effects, how addictive they are and the severe psychological torture one endures for up to years in withdrawl.


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2014-10-11  
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Case Details:
I have taken clonazepam consistently every day for the past 7 years. During this time, I went from a healthy person to being one of the most unhealthy people I know. I went from being extremely active to severe physical impairment. After a minor fall 3.5 years ago, I had pain in my neck and shoulder that would not go away. This led to hundreds of physical therapy visits, shoulder surgery, hip surgery and nearly an upper cervical fusion (thank god for the doctors at Mayo who concluded I did not need this surgery) since. Clonazepam has contorted my body, as I have muscle spasms throughout. This has led to joint damage (surgeries listed above) and chronic pain throughout my body, but worse in my neck. I had many injuries prior to starting on clonazepam and every one healed with no problem. However, ever since starting, hypersensitivity and myofascial pain syndrome (I was diagnosed with both) has led to chronic life consuming pain for every single minor injury I encounter. I fully attribute these conditions to the medicine, as there is an unremarkable correlation between the onset of my symptoms and my consumption of clonazepam. During my time taking this medicine, I have become severely depressed and extremely anxious. symptoms get worse the longer I am without the medicine, which I attribute to withdrawal. I am hoping that in an attempt to stop this medication, I may one day be able lead a normal life again. Until then, I am suffering through benzo withdrawal hell. I strongly advocate banishment of this medicine from the U.S. and other nations.


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2014-08-31  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Halcionvictim
 

Case Details:
Dentist overdosed Triazolam, and since this caused SEVERE anxiety, insomnia and other severe symptoms, other doctors prescribed Klonipin for symptoms. Withdrawal has led to misdiagnosis and more severe symptoms only to have doctors AGAIN prescribe benzos --- without ever helping to understand adverse effects, withdrawal hell, or how they are not appropriate after TBI.


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2014-08-11  
Class Action Investigation Member:
zackwhite
 

Case Details:

My mother took xanax as prescribed for 20 years. She has been sick with paranoia and fear, along with completely isolating herself. She stabbed my son to death in our own bathroom. When she came out the bathroom. She smiled and told my son that she had a surprise for him too. She is going in front of a grand jury for the death penalty this week. Xanax was THE cause of this . we will be raging war on this company. See you in court xanax.


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2014-08-11  
Class Action Investigation Member:
debswim8315
 
2014-07-02  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kennywats
 

Case Details:
I almost died due to being prescribed Xanax and Ativan. Was only on this crap for about 15 weeks, but that's all it took. I went through 5 weeks of hard withdrawal, and it took me over a year to be symptom free. I still have a high (120 bpm) heart rate. Other side effects included:


UNBEARABLE EXTEME PAIN
ELECTRIC SHOCKS
DELIRIUM
CONFUSION
ISOLATION
DEPRESSION
FATIGUE
INSOMNIA
MANIC BEHAVIOR
LOSS OF WORK
LOSS OF FRIENDS
LOSS OF RELATIONSHIPS
INABILITY TO WORK
SEVERE PAIN!!!!
SWEATING
SHAKING
HAND TREMORS
SEVERE RASHES ON MY LEGS
HUNDREDS IN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL FEES
UNEXPLAINABLE FEAR
DIZZINESS
AGITATION
RAGE
SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
SENSATIVITY TO LIGHT AND SOUND
RINGING IN MY EARS
LOW ENERGY
LACK OF MOTIVATION
COULDN'T FOCUS OR CONCENTRATE.
DEREALIZATION
DEPERSONALIZATION
PSYCHOSIS
YELLOWING OF SKIN AROUND MY EYES
EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS (40 LBS IN 5 MONTHS)


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2014-06-29  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Teesyg
 

Case Details:
I now suffer from nocturnal epilepsy due to klonopin


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2014-06-29  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Renley7
 

Case Details:
Was prescribed Xanax by general practioner for trouble sleeping. Was Never informed that it was addictive or of the side effects from withdrawing! Experienced Weight gain, severe hair loss, gastro issues, memory loss, joint aches, lower back pain, naseau, and insomnia. Currently going through severe withdrawal symptoms after tapering from Xanax. Took Xanax for 3 years 1x .5mg. It is absolutely evil and nominee should have to go through this... Ever!


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2014-06-20  
Class Action Investigation Member:
featherjade
 

Case Details:
My class action against Klonopin and other drugs like it. http://www.sueeasy.com/class_action_detail.php?case_id=522


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2014-06-19  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Alice
 

Case Details:
He started taking xanax in 2012. He died in 2013 due to I believe depression and suicidal intent. He was trying to taper off xanax using valium for the second time. He couldnt sleep, couldnt concentrate, was missing deadlines and work. He became agoraphobic. He combined xanax with valium (attempting to cut down) and cocaine one night and it killed him I am not in the USA. This is a terrible terrible drug. It should be off the market. Even when they stop taking it, the side effects linger on. It completely destroys people. I have selected Canadian states but I am in Australia. This potential lawsuit whould be world wide. Its an evil drug and the company knows it is.


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2014-05-03  
Class Action Investigation Member:
mindash
 

Case Details:
i was repeatedly given benzos for chronic anxiety and they would put me into a state where i would loose concious control and end up in a psych ward wondering days later what i had done only to find out i had overdosed, slit my wrists to the point of requiring reconstructive surgery forever damaging my ability to play guitar , i have not once tried or really even talked about being suicidal unless on such medications, currently taking a very low dose of valium still and this spans over a decade


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2014-04-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kalley59
 

Case Details:
No friends
Called crazy
Headaches
Fatigue
No sleep
Delirious
Got degree but I can't get a job
Major ongoing tremors never stop
My GMA died of Alzheimer's..I don't want that
2 mg xanax twice daily
Jail assaults
Society thinks I'm on drugs
Throw up daily
Pasted to my chair crying always
Family hates me
I pace in circles
Confused
Can't remember 30 seconds ago
I lose all my stuff BC I can't remember
Anger
Suicide thoughts but don't want to
I want peace
My old life back
Delayed thoughts


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2014-04-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kalley59
 

Case Details:
No friends
Called crazy
Headaches
Fatigue
No sleep
Delirious
Got degree but I can't get a job
Major ongoing tremors never stop
My GMA died of Alzheimer's..I don't want that
2 mg xanax twice daily
Jail assaults
Society thinks I'm on drugs
Throw up daily
Pasted to my chair crying always
Family hates me
I pace in circles
Confused
Can't remember 30 seconds ago
I lose all my stuff BC I can't remember
Anger
Suicide thoughts but don't want to
I want peace
My old life back
Delayed thoughts


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2014-04-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sanderella
 

Case Details:
During my 8 yrs addiction to Klonopin that my Psychiatrist never informed me about the quality of my life declined dramatically, significantly & rapidly. Klonopin tolerance withdrawals caused My anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, panic attacks, migraine headaches, severe sinus problems, stomach problems prompted more Doctor visits for more medications to treat Klonopin tolerance withdrawal symptoms. Due to high Klonopin induced anxiety my alcohol use escalated out of control. My suicide attempts INCREASED to escape the misery of the Klonopin induced high anxiety. I used to be happy, outgoing & active but shortly became totally agoraphobic. But Klonopin saved the best for last. I was told by healthcare professionals that it was just 'fine' to abruptly stop 'cold turkey' after 8+ yrs of use almost killed me. For 6 weeks I suffered pounding irregular heart rate, severe paranoia, extreme anxiety, panic and fear of dying every moment, excruciating headaches (your head actually felt like it was being tightened in a vise every single day.), sweating profusely, uncontrollable body shaking, hallucinations, severe Urinary Tract Infection, severe insomnia going up to 80 hrs with no sleep with terrifying nightmares & obsessive thoughts, depersonalization, psychosis, and seizures. I ended up in the Psyche Unit for 4 days plus a trip to the Emergency Room. Klonopin withdrawal forced me to have to make the decision to either continue living in this world of such extreme anxiety I never knew the human mind could tolerate or comprehend, intense unrelenting fear, continued panic attacks or DIE and I prayed for death every single second of every single day for weeks. I actually believed I had completely lost my mind and gone insane while my Healthcare Professionals refused to treat me. My GP refused because she thought I was Doctor shopping when I desperately wanted help and never received it. This Klonopin withdrawal was the most traumatic experienced I've ever had in my 57 yrs of existence. I suffered PTSD from it along with severe memory problems & insomnia. I am now 9 months Klonopin free but I have no hope what so ever that I will ever be well again because there doesn't appear to be any Doctors or Mental Healthcare Professionals that are equipped or educated enough to help in a 'recovering' from a Benzodiazepine withdrawal. Benzodiazepine withdrawal doesn't have any hero's, it only leaves survivors. I would love to hear from others who have suffered so greatly at the hands of taking their own medicine as prescribed-Benzodiazepines. (sanderella57@att.net)


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2014-04-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Ness1112
 

Case Details:
Both psychological and physical (and I never had any of these before)

Abdominal pains, cramps, diarrhea, bloated, diarhea, constipation, cramping, Dry throat, Dyspepsia (indigestion)
jaw/mouth/head Aching or painful jaw, dental/tooth pain, band around head, Bruxism (teeth grinding), Dysphagia (difficulty eating or swallowing), Increased or decreased saliva, Painful or tingling scalp, pains in temple, migraine, severe headaches, twitching of the head
joints/muscles Aching joints, aching muscles, shaking. myoclonic jerks, severe muscle rigidity
Behaviour Aggressive behaviour, Agitation, Hyperactivity, hysterical or inappropiate laughter, Irrational rage, Irritability, obsessive behaviour
Phobia's Agoraphobia, fear of being alone, fear of insanity, fear of losing control, fear of water, monophobia (fear of being alone)
Allergic reactions hayfever, rash, blotches on skin
Anxiety Anxiety, Dyspnea (breathing difficulty), Fear, feelings of impending doom, Nervousness, Panic attacks, thoughts and feeling that you are dying
emotions Apathy, Hostility, Rapid mood changes, unusually sensitive (unable to watch the news on television or read the newspaper)
Depersonalisation arms and legs feel detached from body, feel like you don't exist, look strange/unfamiliar in the mirror
Urinary Tract System Bladder incontinence, Bleeding between menstrual cycles, urinary frequency and urgency, (continence or incontinence)
eyes/vision Blepharospasm (eye twitches), Blurred vision, seeing spots/flashes of light, vivid vision, double vision, dilated pupils, rapid eye blinking, waves, sparks and
perceptional disturbances body feels like jelly, objects appear to be leaning, distortions and inanimate objects moving, feeling of the ground moving, hypersensitivity to light, sound, touch and other stimuli, sensation of brain moving within the skull, feelings of extreme cold or hot, itching
Respiratory System Breathing difficulties, breathlessness, hyperventilation (overbreathing)
Sensorary Burning, electrical shocks,
Balance clumsiness, Dizziness, Gait disturbance, Lack of co-ordination, Loss of balance, vertigo
Appetite Increased or decreased appetite, extreme thirst, Rapid weight loss, nausea, vomiting
Mental status changes Delirium, confusion, psychosis, disorientation, hallucinations (auditory, tactile, visual), Dysphoria (inability to feel pleasure or happiness), Excitability, Paranoia
Depression suicidal thoughts, negative thinking, lack of hope for teh future, early morning waking
Derealisation Feelings of unreality
Skin itching, tingling, burning, electrical sensations
Peripheral Nervous System Electric shock feelings, Burning sensations, numbness, altered sense of touch, nerve pain, neuralgia, Paraesthesia, Pins and needles
Energy levels Extreme lethargy, Flu-like symptoms, tiredness, energyless
Hallucinations feelings of worms under scalp, Formication (sensations of bugs crawling on skin), fuzzy feeling in head (tactile hallucinations),
Memory/Cogitive function flashbacks, impaired memory, inability to comprehend the simplest things, inability to cope with a lot of information, Lack of concentration, amnesia, short-term memory impairment, Speech difficulties
Heart Fluctuations in blood pressure, Heart palpitations, Heartburn, heavy pounding heart, Mild hypertension (See doctor about these symptoms to be on safe side)
Nervous system responses Hyperreflexia (Exaggeration of reflexes.)
Sleep disorders Hypnogogic hallucinations (usually auditory of a single loud voice or bang as drifting off to sleep), Insomnia, Nightmares, restless legs in bed
Sexual Impotence, Libido disturbances (usually decreased sex drive rarely increased)
Body neck and shoulder pain, Loss of control of the movement, Muscle spasms, Muscular aches and pains, muscular rigidity, pains in neck and shoulders, perspiring, night sweats, severe sweating, Pseudo-Multiple sclerosis (Medically documented cases of misdiagosed MS who have recovered after withdrawal), Tremor, feeling of inner vibration, shaking (occasionally epileptic seizures from abrupt withdrawal from high doses) Speak to doctor if you suffer seizures these can sometimes endanger life!
Personality Severe changes in personality, loss of interest in people and things, loss of self respect, total loss of confidence, vulnerable personality
Taste and appetite Loss of taste or metallic taste, reduced or increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss or gain
Female problems Menstrual irregularities, Menstrual problems (painful periods, irregular periods, cessation of periods)
Thought problems Morbid thoughts, Obsessions or obsessional repetative thinking, Persistent, unpleasant memories, suicidal feelings (see doctor if you feel you will act on them)
Motor System Restlessness, Shaking
Hearing Altered sense of sound (Louder or distorted), Tinnitus (buzzing or ringing in the ears


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2014-03-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
brotherf
 

Case Details:
I was rushed to the hospital two years ago for a horrible pain in my arm. I was given a script for Xanax as I wasn't having a heart attack, and the pain stopped. It took less than a month at less than the max dose to develop tolerance and dependance, two things I have never experienced before. I was moved on to generic klonopin, so I could function, as I lost the ability to speak properly, control BP, stand or use my arms, devoloped severe light sensitivity, and medically induced glacoma. It took my GP a year and a half to figure out that the Benzo's were the cause of my systematic decline, and they damage to my life was already done. I have spent 6 months on a taper, and now I am three months free. I now have developed severe limb weakness and they can't tell me if and when I can return to normal. I am in the hospital at least twice a week now with stroke-like symptoms and my insurance is dropping me next week. I should have never been prescribed this poison in the first place.


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2014-03-25  
Class Action Investigation Member:
pjmattern
 

Case Details:
Formerly a practicing attorney, public speaker, Judge in three jurisdictions, and practiced before the United States Supreme Court. Lost house, career, family essentially homeless, attempting to get long-term disability due to mental impairment. Starting physical therapy to see if gross motor movements can be decreased with guided exercise and treatment instead of self-monitored exercise. I don't believe I'll work again. I have strong and professional treatment network. I'm just not getting better. At all. My children and wife have greater damages. No money to even start family counseling. I took this because I thought a "prescription" was safe - but never tried street drugs because I felt they were dangerous. I was wrong.


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2014-03-18  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ck1jc4
 

Case Details:
This drug caused me to do all sorts of things out of my usual nature. I became uninhibited. I also became very irritable, with the slightest thing bothering me. Prior to this, I was "known" for being a person who lets most things roll off her back. That was my claim to fame.
Nowadays, if the doorbell or the phone ring, I go into panic. I tapered and quit the benzos 6 months ago. After three months, my panic and suffering were so bad that I was given ativan for a week. I am 3 months clean from that. Life is hell now. I can't function. I suffer from chronic anxiety, panic attacks, depersonalization, and a feeling I'm on the verge of psychosis. I shake and twitch. I never had these feelings prior to becoming physically dependent on clonazepam, then quitting, and now join through protracted withdrawal. I am so sorry to all others that suffer from this as well. It is difficult to maintain hope. I wish we could unite to get these awful benzos off the market. Just think of the lost time, the disability checks the government is writing to others like me! What if my husband couldn't support us? There is no way I could work outside the home at this point.


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2014-03-16  
Class Action Investigation Member:
maxamx390
 

Case Details:
I was at having my yearly physical with my primary care physician. He had prescribed me Lexapro many years earlier for anxiety and depression. He asking me how my anxiety was and my response was that I was feeling a little more anxious as of late........I wish I had not told him that.......He suggested that he would prescribe me a "very effective" drug for those times when I was feeling a little more anxious then normal. He never explained to me the dangerous side effects or the addictive nature of the drug Xanax.....he prescribed me 90 tablets per month. Everything was great for about 3 years. Then my life turned to a living HELL! Started to get extremely anxious and depressed. Unable to sleep more than 2 hours a night. Unable to concentrate, became very aggressive with friends and co-workers. I withdrew from any social events......I finally discovered it had to be the Xanax. Then began the worst 6 months of my life. I tried to wean myself off the drug slowly. You can't do that safely, at least I could not. I could not work, I could not sleep, I could not eat. I am of slight frame and I lost nearly 25 pounds. I became suicidal and at one point I was sitting at home late at night crying uncontrollably and had a 357 magnum pointed at my head.....It was all I could do to not pull the trigger. Thankfully I thought of my mom and dad and could not put them through that. I went to the emergency room. I ended up there two times and ultimately was checked into an Acute Partial Health program for three weeks......It is now 6 months since I was in the emergency room and still not the same person I was "pre-Xanax". I lost my job and still suffer from awful side effects and have to take 4 different drugs to help me through the day and to get a decent sleep at night. Just so you know this is a very short and incomplete description of everything I have gone through........jim k


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2014-03-05  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Badlandsbabe
 

Case Details:
My very good friend had been suffering a bout of depression & anxiety... Klonopin is supposed to be used to treat seizures (my friend did NOT have) & panic attacks (my friend did NOT have) the side effects state may cause anxiety & increase suicidal thoughts. My friends dead thanks to this crap.


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2014-03-01  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Dmaldo86
 

Case Details:
I have been taking clonapine and xanax for the last 8 years and have many horrible side affects including Heart palpitations, Trouble sleeping normally, Major memory loss, increase anxiety., seizures. ect. These drugs have ruined my life with out a doubt and if lucky will be off them someday but nothing will ever be the same.


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2014-02-28  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Spencer4Hire
 

Case Details:
2011I took one 1 mg. when left pharmacy and by the time I got home (20 minutes later), I had wrecked my truck on the side, fell out in driveway and didn't know what happened till next day.
2013 After taking 1 Xanax pill had blackout and took about 10 Xanax pills, totaled my car in accident and hit a brand new Mustang ($13,000 in damages) and a ticket from a State Trooper.


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2014-02-27  
Class Action Investigation Member:
jerjo2014
 

Case Details:
Im going on a taper from the benzodiazpine Ativan. No one seems to care that this is a fast taper and im likely to feel severe withdrawal and seizure. I had a Psychiatrist who actually cut me off as a patient nd called me an addict doe to the fact that I asked to be tapered off. Dr's don't seem to know, or understand, or even care about the long term withdrawal effects of these medications


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2014-02-26  
Class Action Investigation Member:
tallpaul
 

Case Details:
was never informed by ANY psychiatrist of the risks.
became addicted within 4 weeks.
cognitive impairment.
suicidal thoughts/attempts
severe, rapid weight loss (42lbs in 12 months, first year of taking it)
muscular atrophy
depression
insomnia
vision impairment
migraines
dui, was not informed of Illinois controlled substance act.
near fatal risks with 2 failed weenings.
horrible, life threatening heart risks during this brutal detox/recovery (last dose jan 25, 2014)
unable to walk/equilibrium complications
destroyed family/employer/personal relationships
disassociation from self
inability to perform any healthy behaviors prior to becoming addicted.
left out in the cold to recover a totally destroyed life.
rendered me bankrupt after trying to salvage survival in the last 3 years.
...should I go on?


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2014-02-25  
Class Action Investigation Member:
fbfiii
 

Case Details:
I was sent to a behavioral health center and was prescribed Klonopin and have been on Zanax, Atavan and Valaium since I was 20 and am 50. I weighed 135 pounds and an 190 now and almost died. Had a Psyc test done which showed my memory was really bad and had the brain of a 70 year old man. There is a lot more to my story.


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2014-02-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
angela
 

Case Details:
I was prescribed Xanax, then Klonopin for anxiety. After a while, I developed daily migraines and was hospitalized twice. I was under the care of a neurologist, but none of the treatments phased my migraines. I made many trips to the ER, and spent almost five years in bed. After leaving my Klonopin on a trip, I experienced HORRIBLE withdrawal symptoms, which landed me in the ER. I was given Valium to wean myself off, and that totally changed my life. Since quitting benzos, I haven't had a single migraine. I lost five years of my life that I'll never get back. I had no idea the benzos were causing my migraines until I stopped taking them.


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2014-02-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
crdocox
 

Case Details:
Loss of work, physical and emotional pain, numbness and tingling in legs, inability to process information, isolation from family and friends.


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2014-02-08  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Abbetira
 

Case Details:
I was put on this medication due to severe heart palpitations and anxiety at the onset of peri-menopause. I was never informed that the drug was so addictive or that coming off it abruptly could be life threatening. The doctors just kept prescribing it after I had a head injury and numerous traumas that resulted in PTSD. When I became tolerant they continued to increase my dose until I was on an incredibly high dose. I started to wean down, but have had terrible withdrawal symptoms and have not been able to work in over three years. I suffer from terrible stomach problems, rebound anxiety, insomnia and severe fatigue. I am one step away from being homeless because my friends do not understand have all disappeared and I am unable to work. I am a college graduate, award winning songwriter and have worked hard all of my life. These drugs have severely robbed me of everything, and I don't know if I will ever fully recover.


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2014-02-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
jfgsmurf7
 

Case Details:
Permanant scarring from 1st-3rd degree burns to my face after falling into a campfire during a benzo withdrawal seizure. I have split both of my eyebrows open and received stitches. Memory issues and problems with blackouts. Nervous and panic disorders as well as other psychological problems.Many other seizure related injuries due to benzo-withdrawal symptoms. Seizures are increasing in severity and recurrence. I am getting worse with no acknowledgeable brain trauma to account for them. I have had CAT scans, EEG's, and EKG's which have all shown that I am NOT epileptic and no trace of an epileptic focus has been found. I have been treated badly by my neurologist as well as other doctors and believe it's directly related to their malpractice. My neurologist dropped me as a patient without decreasing the dosages of my medications to prevent withdrawal after I confronted her about misdiagnosing me for an undeterminal amount of time. I have been prescribed to xanax for 8 years. They are not trying to help me and deny the fact that they could possibly be damaging me permanently. They have lied to me and my emergency contacts (girlfriend/mother) about why and when they discharged me as a patient. I have done my research and I'm very confident I have a case of medical malpractice. I have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medical bills and am sinking farther into debt each year. I am fighting for my life here... I think I am losing due to the utter incompetency of these doctors. Please help.


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2014-02-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Justice4all
 

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In 2006, I was convinced that i could trust a doctor in regards to using an anti-anxiety medication due to the fact that I could not do my normal work because of an arm injury.
It was intended to be "temporary" and I asked of all the risks with its use, only to be lied to from my assigned psychiatrist. As I had become dependent with this drug for sleep, of which I had asked time after time of its danger, more and more psyche issues arose. Using it for 2 years during a retraining option, it became everyday use. Two years after my retraining, I asked my attending physician if I could use pain medication in assistance with weaning off this drug that I could not successfully wean because of the insomnia. I asked this because I noticed that in-between surgeries on my arm, I didn't need to take clonazepam for sleep, and I never had a problem quitting pain-meds, in-contrary of the general public. She said "yes". This was a very big mistake. I was taking this drug for years and it should've taken years to get off of this medication, all, knowledge through hindsight. My doctor weaned me as a temporary user as opposed to long-term user as I was. I went through seizures of chomping down on my jaw, breaking teeth, severe panic attacks, serious stuttering speech, lack of coordination, horrible thought processes, suicidal episodes, many emergency visits, as well as many other clear, too-sudden elimination signs. I told my doctor, only to be discarded as having any correlation since she didn't really know. I had to search for help, but all the MD's were denying such possibilities, more than 20. Even sleep doctors are ignorant about this drugs adversity.
It's very wrong for these doctors to prescribe such a dangerous drug so loosely. I now suffer immensely from Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Not feeling pleasure anymore and many other once healthy psyche relations feels like it's for the rest of my life. It's been almost 3 years since my last clonazepam, but I am still dependent on pain medication in order to sleep. I have been searching for help all this time because it has been obvious that my attending physician wasn't going to take responsibility for her mistake and help find me help. I now am totally isolated since my significant other of over 12 yrs has left me because of my struggles. Sometimes I still think that ending my life is the only way out of my misery. I have therapy every week or I would not be alive today.
I would very much like to be a part of putting the human back into the doctors egos and put in place many systems to avoid such neglect and avoidance of disclosing all information for its use. My life is too late but doing something for others to avoid this should help.
I anyone needs support or can provide some support when in need, feel free to contact me at mwcordle@gmail.com . I know it’s not easy to survive through this very real fight for sanity and hopefully an enjoyable life will again be in control. Best Wishes to all, Matt


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2014-01-25  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Ks1994
 

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I have suffered greatly both on this class of drugs and trying to get off. The psych who put me on them was very ignorant about their addictive quality. I wasn't informed about it until I found out a year after being on it and am now going through hell trying to get off. I don't know how much more of this I can take before I just off myself, I really don't. I was not this bad before going on ativan.


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2014-01-24  
Class Action Investigation Member:
DariaJaen
 

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I was prescribed klonopin in 1994 for anxiety and was not warned of the effects on the brain from long term use. Approximately 5 years after beginning the drug and continued use on a daily basis, I began to have memory problems, concentration difficulties and difficulty functioning in my job as a RN. By September 2005, I was completely unable to work as a RN due to memory loss and loss of ability to concentrate and remain on task. I became severely depressed and took an overdose of medication and was hospitalized for this. I was diagnosed with severe major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder. Subsequently I lost complete ability to work and function in life and was hospitalized numerous times for suicidal ideations. I lost my job and was labeled incompetent unofficially. I was taken off klonopin in February of 2013. Since that time I have been unable to function at all due to severe anxiety. I have been home bound, unable to drive or take care of my basic needs in life. I continue to have a plethora of withdrawal symptoms that are well documented but MD's deny their existence. Therefore I have been unable to get ANY medical help for this condition. Also after discontinuation of klonopin I developed symptoms of several anxiety related disorders such as social anxiety and phobias. I am able to think much clearer since going off klonopin completely and realize that all my difficulties point back to the use of klonopin. I feel that the drug companies and MD's prescribing these benzodiazepines should be held ultimately responsible for the damages I have suffered due to long term klonopin use.


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2014-01-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
KlonoPain
 

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In December of 1993, I was prescribed Klonopin after my first panic attack. January of 2014 represents my 3rd decade hooked on this deadly drug. There is no way that a 41-year-old should have the memory of a 65-year-old, but that's me. My focus and concentration continue to worsen, and I can no longer read for school or pleasure because it's too painful, physically and emotionally. I tried tapering off (with the help of a doctor) a few years ago, and I paid the price with dizzy spells that lasted a month, and that was with going back onto my regular dosage. I don't feel as though I can continue on with my education until I get off of this medication completely, and I don't know if I can ever get off of this medication. Like so many others, I feel stuck. The original prescribing doctor did not say anything about side effects, nor did he offer alternative forms of treatment. Please help. Thanks for reading.


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2014-01-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sandyq51
 

Case Details:
Vision declining. Severe neck,and lower back pain, strange nerve sensations in lower extremities which are quite painful. at times. Extreme
poor short term memory loss,increased anxiety. Complete black outs several times. Unable to focus. Easilytf distracted.


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2014-01-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
belstar
 

Case Details:
Need to join Class Action to pay for this in Ontario , Canada. Please. I am doing odd things, just starting. I need help.


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2014-01-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
freespirit1972
 

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I have been going through the Benzo nightmare now for 20 years. Suicide attempts, cutting emotional problems. Now many physical and neurological problems. Specifically Kolonopin is causing serious problems with my eyesight and it get worse by the day. My vision is extremely blurry and i continually have to bring my eyes back into focus. I have also developed a twisting problem my body randomly jerks throughout the day it also affects my speech I seem to be developing a stuttering problem. I know these are all problems that are being caused from Kolonopin please help


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2013-12-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
klopinbad
 

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3 years of klonopin almost killed me. I quit cold turkey at suggestion of my doctor and suffered a severe phsycosis leading to commitment to mental facilities and even an arrest based on highly delusional thinking. I am 52 years old and was known by all to be stable. Please advise. Thank you.


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2013-12-24  
Class Action Investigation Member:
BrianLK
 

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I have tapered off the benzo for 7 years and now after 9 months free of the pill I am still having its effects.
25 years ago my neurologist put me on Ativan for a anxious state...which it was not...and he unqualified to diagnose or treat.
I have spent 12 years in mental therapy, which does qualify me to know that it was simple "stress" 25 years ago. Which I could have corrected with 6 months in simple therapy(drug free)
After taking the medication for 9 years I "developed" a "Anxiety Disorder" and more recently Bi-Polar disorder, mood disorder, sleep disorder, social phobia, paranoia, panic disorder, alcohol abuse, shame, guilt, blame, self doubt, low self esteem, severe memory loss, anger issues, delusion thinking, and numerous physical ailments
I lost a college education towards my BS in engineering after 9 years on Ativan when it created a "phobia" which manifested in to all my present drug(prescription Ativan) induced diagnosed psychological state.
My ability to work is lost, I am presently on SSI living with my mother with no future. My social life has been completely destroyed.


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2013-12-19  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Pamlea2
 

Case Details:
I should not be sick and I would still be working if I had had responsible medical care.

I was not told by my first Dr. that Clonzapan is addictive. The pharmacy where I fill my scripts always does an informal counseling for new prescriptions and addiction was not mentioned.
I would never have taken an addictive drug for this length of time had I known.
When I am prescribed pain pills, which I know are addictive, I take as few as I can and never for long.
The point is had I known I would probably have taken the Clonzapan for a few weeks then dealt with the problem that got me on it in the first place which was NOT a medical problem.

What this drug did to me:

In 2001 I was distressed due to a relationship break up. I went to a psychiatrist who said I had GAD and prescribed 30 days of .25mg Clonzapan . I was scheduled for a follow-up visit.
This next visit I was given another prescription for Clonzapan and Celexa was added. I continued to see the psychiatrist. Each appointment my prescriptions were refilled. I was not getting the benefit I did at first so the dose was increased until I was at 4mg.

I discovered I was addicted to this drug when I went on a 5 day trip and forgot to take my drugs with me. I had symptoms that were scary because I had never experienced anything like that before. When I got home I took 6 mg to relieve what was happening to my body.
I was frightened - looked it up on the Internet. I found a site that said a medical detox was required. My primary care doctor signed the papers to get me into rehab. That was the worst experience of my life. I was given Depakote for 3 days and then cut off from all medications. I was the only one there for this particular prescription drug. I do not believe the staff understood benzo addiction or they would not have taken me off cold turkey. I had to stay there for 21 days or my insurance would not pay. While I was there I probably slept five or six hours. I suffered withdrawal symptoms all 21 days and this continued when I was released.
When I got home I stayed off them for a short period of time but the withdrawal continued without lessening. I could not work effectively in my job. My thinking was clouded, I was shaky inside and out, I had fierce anxiety and was unable to make rational decisions so I reinstated with blessing of my psychiatrist who told me I "needed to be on them forever"

That psychiatrist retired and I was referred to another doctor who continued my drug regime. Sometimes I took more then was prescribed. I was fearful always that I would run out so twice I ordered pills from the Internet.

In 2010 I realized I was sick and the pills were not working but I had to take them to avoid withdrawal.
I woke up in the morning with anxiety, I began missing days at work, I would stay in bed on the days I missed and on weekends when I was not working.
I lost all interest in my activities, my hobbies, and being around other people including my family
I was afraid that I would be fired if someone discovered that I was coasting so I quit my job -telling everyone that I was retiring early. Fortunately my husband was able to support me.

Over the next 3 years I continued to take the pills and I got sicker. My memory was bad, I felt depersonalized, agoraphobic, and woke every day with anxiety. I was terrified to drive. I felt something I can not describe - a kind of never feeling "right".“ I had headaches and often panic for no reason.

Going out to dinner with my family triggered my decision to get off this drug.
As we were talking my son kept saying " you already told us that" and they spoke of family times I only had a vague memory of. I love my family and all I wanted was to go home.

I am currently tapering off this terrible life sucking drug with the help of a Dr. and I belong to a "benzo" support group for recovery from this category of drugs

After my first cut I started feeling better - more awake. As I taper down WD gets worse and I no longer feel more awake.
I have withdrawal symptoms on a daily basis. They are not constant but I have them every day: memory loss, abdominal pain, low pelvic discomfort that feels like a bladder infection coming on, frequent need to empty my bladder, intermittent diarrhea, dizziness, I get hot to the point of sweating followed by chills, a crawling feeling in my forearms and hands, headaches, anxiety-especially in the morning, a startle reflex and trembling inside and out. I have intense craving when it gets to be time for my taper dose, insomnia, taste of metal in my mouth, fatigue to the point I don't get dressed , leave the house, don't do self care, brain fog, more

My taper will take a year or longer to get completely off this drug. I am told that complete recovery could take up to 5 years

This should not have happened to me


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2013-12-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
mariejones
 

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I have lost 10 years of my life thinking there was something wrong with me. I have had numerous uncomprendable symptoms and wanted to die and in the begging did try to kill myself. I am now withdrawling from these drugs which is another hell and have CNS damage from taking them. This all because of greed. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering and more that will if this does not stop. Jonesie65@hotmail.com


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2013-12-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
anugent1
 

Case Details:
before benzodiazepine:
panick attacks

after benzodiazepine:
Severe disequilibrium
Dizziness
Lightheaded
Cog fog
Severe disassociation:
Derealization
Depersonalization
Tinnitus, sound of bells ringing ears/sound of air pressure
Voices
Visual hallucination
Body pain
Brain zaps/body jolts
Nausea
Intrusive thoughts: sexual, violent, racist (absolutely do not belong to me)
Feeling of wanting to scream
Homicidal ideation
Suicidal ideation
Depression
Anxiety
Rage
Extreme sensitivity to light/color
Extreme sensitivity to sound/echoey buildings
Extreme sensitivity to silence around others
Sound repeating over and over
Intrusive Image appearing over and over
Rapid waking

Accessibly:
Inability to make eye contact easily
Inability to see my face in a mirror without distortion
Inability to go into a store
Inability to drive
Inability to meet new people




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2013-11-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
beeman
 

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Was originally prescribed for panic attacks. Was never informed of other therapies like CBT. When asked if they were addictive, my dr. told me, "air is addictive, water is addictive, you need them all to live". I am now undergoing a slow taper. I experience insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and intolerance to exercise. I have gained 30 lbs due to inability to exercise and now have sleep apnea.


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2013-11-14  
Class Action Investigation Member:
nancyg
 

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I have major issues with fatigue, restless leg, insomnia, brain fog, IBS, fibromyalgia, neck pain, sensitivity to light and sound, suicidal thoughts, and the list goes on.


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2013-10-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kathyrenee72
 

Case Details:
DEPENDENCY, LOST FRIENDS, LOST JOB, SUICIDAL, DEPRESSION, FAMILY LOST ME.WHO I USED TO BE... DAUGHTER SUICIDAL


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2013-10-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kathyrenee72
 

Case Details:
DEPENDENCY, LOST FRIENDS, LOST JOB, SUICIDAL, DEPRESSION, FAMILY LOST ME.WHO I USED TO BE... DAUGHTER SUICIDAL


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2013-10-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kathyrenee72
 

Case Details:
DEPENDENCY, LOST FRIENDS, LOST JOB, SUICIDAL, DEPRESSION, FAMILY LOST ME.WHO I USED TO BE... DAUGHTER SUICIDAL


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2013-10-28  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Benzoskill
 

Case Details:
Given klonopin for insomnia. Was never told the real risks. I have been sick for 3 years. Was given 3 HORRIBLE taper schedules from my doctor. Was prescribed other medication that interacts with klonopin making things words. I have everything from such severe withdrawal symptoms. I have spasms everyday all over my body, severe OAB, IBS, severe health issues, and I have been complaining to my doctors continuously who don't even acknowledge I'm going through this because of the klonpin. I need help!


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2013-10-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Chelsea
 

Case Details:
Trama from withdrawal from klonopin, Xanax and currently Ativan. PTSD because of emergency visits for withdrawal induced seizures due to Doctors ignorance of benzo tolerance, their side effects and how to safely discontinue.


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2013-10-11  
Class Action Investigation Member:
steeleshetp
 

Case Details:
I ran out of medication and 2 days later I had a seizure. I went to the emergency room via ambulance and was treated. Very scary and scared my Mom bad.


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2013-09-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sunnydaze
 

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I was prescribed klonopin for minor anxiety, however, I did not take them until I was involved in a car accident and suffered from vertigo. I was put on .05mg twice daily, however I split the pill in half and only took .25 twice daily. I was on this dose for 5 years. I started to feel quite ill after a year as the drug constantly wants an increase in dosage. I was suffering from interdose withdrawal at that time. I constantly asked my doctors (more than one) if I should stop taking the klonopin and they assured me it was better to stay on it. After 5 years I decided to wean myself off of the drug. Not knowing any better, I lowered my dose over a weeks time and then stopped. I ended up in the emergency department at the hospital. The doctor I saw put me back on klonopin and advised me to see my regular doctor to have a schedule done up for me to wean off of the drug correctly. I was advised to wean off the drug over a 4 months period. I have been off klonopin for 30 months now and am suffering from protracted withdrawal symptoms. They are as follows:

derealisation
sensitivity to light and sound
insomnia
racing heart
daily anxiety
vertigo
digestive issues
neck stiffness
over stimulated central nervous system
can not have caffeine, sugar, supplements or any minerals
unable to work
high blood pressure
suicidal thoughts
depression
loss of interest in life
memory loss
loss of sexual desire
flu like symptoms
facial and neck numbness
isolation
loss of friends
nausea
sweating
shaking
unexplainable fear
poor coping skills in daily life


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2013-08-31  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Pambenigno
 

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I lost a great job because I had to go on disability as I ended up having blurred vision while on Lorazepam and didn't realize that it was the medication. I saw numerous specialists and had several tests and had to go on temporary disability and got fired eventually. when I read on line about the side effects and that blurred vision is the first one listed, I stopped taking it and my vision started to improve. It has been hell losing my vision, my job, my income and becoming even more depressed.


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2013-08-09  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Lesley23
 

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My brother was diagnosed as bipolar/schizophrenic and had recently had an episode of delusions and was unstable so he was hospitalized in a clinic. He met with a new doctor that without any questioning or background check put him on a medication for anxiety, Klonopin, and after a weeks stay released him to come home. My brother voiced that the medication made him feel terrible and uneasy and didn't help his anxiety but rather made him feel unstable. After talking the drug for a few weeks my family and I noticed a terrible turn for the worst in his behavior, he was acting nervous and fearful and couldn't carry on rational conversations. Before he could make it back to see the doctor he committed suicide in our home 2 days before Christmas. I know my brother would still be here today if not for this terrible drug and negligent doctors who hand it to patients without close observation of side effects. If anyone has any advice please help us take this drug off the market.


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2013-07-27  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ashleychavis26
 

Case Details:
Seizures, Memory loss, severe anxiety, depression, inability to focus, lack of motivation, electric shocks, muscle spasms, teeth clenching, loss of relationships, loss of jobs, loss of homes, loss of control over life.


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2013-07-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Coasterguy02879
 

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I had a small fracture in my neck that did not show up on an X Ray or CT scan. I spent 3 months trying to convince doctors that something was wrong with me. There was constant pain in the base of my skull, swelling, and a strange dizzy / faint feeling. I was prescribed Valium because I was told it was a "subconscious anxiety disorder".

I got a doctor to get me an MRI. It found the fracture and I was put into a cervical collar... 3 months late. After 7 weeks, my neck was all better, and that's when all hell broke loose.

I consulted my doctor about getting off the Valium. I had taken 15mg a day for FOUR months! He told me I can just stop because I hadn't been taking it long enough to become dependent. Boy was he wrong!

I had severe vertigo, dizziness, faintness, brain zaps, a tremor that wouldn't quit, trouble breathing, complete inability to stand up, severe derealization, severe fatigue, body numbness, mild hallucinations, light and sound sensitivity, tinnitus, severe chest pain, tachycardia, burning sensations, digestive problems, just to name a few. I've seen about a dozen specialists ranging from neurologists to cardiologists to psychiatrists.

I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and later found out that it is a fairly common withdrawal symptom. Some doctors say I'm going through typical withdrawal, others say my symptoms aren't related at all.

I've been analyzed for anxiety disorders multiple times and nobody has said I'm even close to having one. I've been to the ER dozens of times just to be told I'm having an anxiety attack and sent home with instructions to see a psychiatrist- even after seeing the same doctors and telling them I DID get evaluated. I tried to be admitted to a hospital but they don't find anything wrong. I tried to get into a rehab clinic but was turned away from 7 of them because it's not a street drug and is being prescribed.

The Internet has been a life saver. I learned about benzos and how they work, and about long term tapering. I'm still tapering. I began in Nov 2012 at 15 mg per day and today, July 22, 2013 I am stuck on 0.9mg per day. I have suffered relentlessly for over a year, with an indescribable maelstrom of symptoms starting within a day or so of reducing the Valium, and it never quit.

I experiment with my taper. The faster I go, the worse I get. I've made around 140 individual reductions and there is a concrete correlation between larger or faster reductions and feeling much worse.

I'm still suffering. I've lost my job, most of my friends, and over a year of my life to this drug. Not to mention the thousands of dollars in medical bills.

It's not an addiction by any means. I want nothing more than to be off of it, but that's just not how this stuff works.

These drugs need to be off the market, and those on them need to be responsibly tapered off. It's time the drug companies paid for their greed and for causing untold amounts of suffering.


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2013-07-16  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Loriburley
 

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I tried to commit suicide 22 months ago...by overdosing on the drug that I had been addicted to for close to 8 yrs. I was but on a 5150 hold at a mental facility for 72 hours and had to come off 8 mg of xanax per day cold turkey.. My heart still beats at a higher than normal rate. I experience electrical surges in my brain and my anxiety level has me failing at most all relationships, unable to hold down a job, I have constant headaches. While my symptoms have decreased over the 22 months that I have been off this drug. I don't feel good most of the time and I suffer from a lot of irrational thoughts and ideas. The doctor who prescribed this mediation to me. Took cash for my office visit. Never examined me and continued to increase my dose of Xanax until I was taking 8mg a day. In addition I had pulled my hamstring and went to see him he added prescribed 750 mg of Vicodin 3 times a day which I continued to get monthly until I overdosed on the xanax and had to come off that cold turkey as well. I had no idea what these medications were capable of. I hear voices in my head and ringing in my ears. I have the worst insomnia of my life and I just want to feel normal.


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2013-06-27  
Class Action Investigation Member:
iamfrankieman
 

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I was perscribed 2 mg 3 times a day of xanax roughly 9 years ago for anxiety. I never had any medications for anxiety before. Now I can not function in a social setting , no self esteem, scare easily more anxiety and stress then ever, high blood pressure, insomnia, inability to cope with normal day to day duties and prior to xanax I was able to handle all this. I was over perscribed and became addictied before I knew it, and was told just to stay on them. I put my self in rehab and I have not been mentally or physcally correct since then...


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2013-06-12  
Class Action Investigation Member:
feelingparanoid
 

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I am still paranoid at times since taking this medicine 5 months ago. I only took it for 2 weeks and got increasingly paranoid. I still have days when I can not be around people and crowds bother me.


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2013-06-11  
Class Action Investigation Member:
freespirit1972
 

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On my earlier post I described some of the damages i have suffered from Kolonopin. I have seen many others on here with complaints of health problems very similar to my ow. When I first went to the emergency room in 1991 having a panic attack and was given kolonopin I told the Dr that I was having a heart problem. They insisted it was only a panic attack. After being given kolonopin my anxiety got better but I never got better. My heart kept having problems and many years later I was diagnosed with tachycardia and had to heart ablations. Unfortunantley I have nothing but other health problems in which I believe are associated to kolonopin. Here are a few. Ulcers, irritable bowl, thyroid, difficulty breathing, serious emotional disorders feeling hopeless because I really dislike this medication and just don't want to take it. What a nightmare.


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2013-06-09  
Class Action Investigation Member:
DHolden
 

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my wife was an alcoholic and was prescribed xanax and clonazapam by her psychiatrist I told him on several occasions that I thought this was a bad idea and would end in tragedy if he kept giving her these drugs,but she was also prescribed antabuse by him also.All her pills were locked in a safe only I had the combination to.I would give her the pills she needed for the day each morning before I went to work.I came home from work at the end of the day and found her dead on the floor by the side of the bed, she had somehow gotten a hold of some alcohol.The worst part was when I contacted her doctor to tell him what had happened and he told me (even though he said it was a violation of patient confidentiality)he asked her one time what she does when she wants to drink while taking the antabuse and knowing she will get violently ill,she told him when she feels she is getting the urge to drink she won’t take her antabuse for three or four days and then drink.What I don’t understand is why he would tell me this after she’s gone.Had he told me this while she was alive I would have made her take her antabuse while I watched her,if she refused I would not have given her the xanax and clonazapam,she would still be alive and not dead at the age of 43 with 3 daughters left motherless


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2013-05-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
hannasbddy
 

Case Details:
I was started on Valium (Diazepam) back in 2004 when I was experiencing panic attacks. I was desparate for relief and turned to my psychiatrist. He never explained the dangers of physical addiction to this drug and put me on it right away. He also didn't explain how awful withdrawal would be and how it would suppress my immune system to the point that I developed infection after infection with a cascade of symptoms.

I quickly developed a dependence on the drug, not because of pyshcological addiction, but because I feared withdrawal after hearing about it. And my doctor never helped me to get off this drug. I did it myself over a course of 2 years around 2008.

During withdrawal, I developed severe reflux to the point where I had shortness of breath and almost passed out. I then had an EGD performed which revealed H. Pylori. At the same time I developed a urinary tract infection. All proof that the stress of benzodiazepine withdrawal wreaks havoc on the immune system.

I was then put on 3 weeks of antibiotics, none of which eased my symptoms. Then I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me. The antibiotics then caused a severe candida infection, which is now in my kidneys, heart, digestive tract, and who knows where else.

I deal daily with anxiety, vertigo, frequent urination, painful urination, dehydration, heat exhaustion, palpitations, low blood sugar. I'm not living the life I once did and not enjoying life anymore.

I had to go back on Valium in 2012 because of the severe reflux, without knowing that Valium can cause immunosuppression. Now I'm trying to get off of it again, this time more difficult than before. I'm dealing with more intense anxiety and high blood pressure, along with all the other symptoms listed above.

I've gone on antifungal medications for weeks, none of which worked. Since then, I've spent a lot of money on different supplements and on alternative doctors.

I recently started experiencing low blood sugar in the middle of the night, so now I have to eat more often and I'm gaining weight. I'm seeing an endocrinolgist in June 2013, and have not yet met my insurance deductible. I need some relieft.

I found an article on NIH's medical library that stress in any form can suppress the immune system and allow for candida to spread. They also found that benzodiazepines have a direct effect on candida growth.

Please help. Thank you for your time!


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2013-05-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
freespirit1972
 

Case Details:
II have taken Kolonopin for the past twenty years, It has been a nightmare. I have used it in a very close suicide attempt. I have many scares on my body from cutting. I have attempted to come off kolonopin many times only to experience the same results. Seizures uncontrollable twitching, blurred vision, over sensitive hearing and smell hallucinations. The worst nightmare of all is these withdrawal symptoms do not go away and are very slow to even lighten up. The longest time without it was 4 months of complete insanity. The insanity ended with me nearly severing my thumb from my hand as I came to repeatable slicing myself with a piece of glass. In the ER I was given ativan and almost instantly 4 months of horrifying withdrawal symptoms stopped, This is no joke my life has been damaged beyond words and so has many others, The Dr's must have known and we end up living with it for the rest of our lives. I would rather live my life in a wheel chair armless, legless at least with that i would know I was more than just existing


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2013-04-25  
Class Action Investigation Member:
jcammara
 

Case Details:
these drugs made my mother so depressed she took her own life. She shot herself in the head.


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2013-04-11  
Class Action Investigation Member:
xanax123
 

Case Details:
When taking Xanax I become addicted and increased to many pills.
4 – 8 1mg/day

my alcohol consumption increased significantly.

Anxiety became much worse.
Many terrible panic attacks. Woke up at nite and could not sleep w/o taking more Xanax

Anger became a major issue.
Confusion became a major issue.
Alcohol became a major issue.
Depression and suicidal thoughts increased.
Dizziness & lethargy.
Blackouts
Shakiness and unexplainable fear for no apparent reason
Became agitated very easily.
Crying.
Rocking in place.
Financial ruin due to the above things.
Ringing in my ears is much worse.

Weened myself off of Xanax while working with a psychologist.
Still many symptoms have remained. These are things I never had or which became much worse and pretty much permanent now.
They are:
Anger is still a major issue. With quick and unexplainable onset.
Confusion.
Alcoholism..
Depression and suicidal thoughts still persist.
Dizziness & lethargy. Very hard to make it through the day. On many occasions I will go home and go to sleep in the middle of the day or go lay in my car.
Shakiness and unexplainable fear for no apparent reason
Becaming agitated very easily.
Crying.
Rocking in place.
Ringing in my ears is much worse.


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2013-03-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Sillass
 
2013-03-12  
Class Action Investigation Member:
t7troutm
 

Case Details:
I have taken depression medication for years. I had also taken periodic small doses of Xanax for awhile for anxiety accompanying the depression. My doctor increased the dose after I struggled with the death of my stepmom, dad and good friend all within a year and a half. The higher dose was fine, but I was always tired and the drug lost it's effectiveness quickly.

My doctor told me KLONOPIN was safe, that it was just like Xanax. I started on 2 mg per day, a high dose. He didn't say anything about the side effects or to use caution driving... knowing that I am an already 'high strung,' aggressive person. The first week I was high as a kite. The second week I stopped talking to everyone except my husband (who I was just mean to), I crashed my car, got a ticket (I haven't had one in a decade), I quit my job, I cried hysterically every night, told my husband I wished I was dead, even told him how I would do it if I were to kill myself (I said I would walk in front of a bus) and what to do with my stuff. I became hostile, erratic, careless about any consequences, and I didn't even realize it until a while after I stopped taking it.

I stopped because my husband begged me to. That's the problem with Klonopin, it's a black hole that you don't even realize you need to get out of. What saved me is my inherent love of life, my loving husband and prayer. Alone I would be dead.

It is a travesty that there is an epidemic of prescribing these drugs as a quick fix for long term problems. My doctor never once asked if I was going to seek therapy and never suggested it. Why would he? What does he stand to gain? They give this stuff out and deny any responsibility for the aftermath. To me, it's as bad as assisted suicide. The Law needs to catch up with these medications, doctors and pharmaceutical companies.

They tell you if you have mental problems to comply with your doctors and take the medications as prescribed. After all, my doctor has been practicing for 40 years and I trusted him! It didn't happen to me, but also know that you can be charged with DUI if you are taking these drugs and have an accident, even if the drugs didn't cause the accident (they may not get a conviction, but still). Nobody tells you these things. No one tells you either that the withdrawal from Klonopin, even after short term use, can cause behavioral and cognitive problems that are just as severe as when you are on the drug. Someone should have to pay for these drugs ruining lives.

We just suffer from anxiety. We are often professionals, educated, we have families. We shouldn't be treated like we are expendable and we shouldn't have to endure more suffering.


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2013-03-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
baumgg
 

Case Details:
Extreme constipation, extreme weight loss, loss of appetite, insomnia, headaches, low blood pressure and dizziness. Symptoms occurred when the Generic drug manufacturer was changed wothout notice.


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2013-02-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
babbyla
 

Case Details:
Bad mood swings, confusion, dizziness and falls, lost driver's license, short term memory loss, suicidal thoughts, depression, etc.


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2013-02-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
babbyla
 

Case Details:
Bad mood swings, confusion, dizziness and falls, lost driver's license, short term memory loss, suicidal thoughts, depression, etc.


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2013-02-16  
Class Action Investigation Member:
tgmusser
 

Case Details:
My wife was given Benzodiazepine as treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome. After 4 years she became completely dysfunctional. She has been unable to work, keep up with chores, take care of herself, has auditory hallucinations, and many other symptoms.

She tapered off the medication 6 to 9 months ago. The remaining cognitive impairments may be permanent or may require many years to reverse. There is no known cure for protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome except time.

I am tired of seeing her suffer and my family suffer. I want my wife back! I want the irresponsible doctors and drug manufacturers to pay for harming my wife!!


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2013-01-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
genuinlydamaged
 

Case Details:

Genuinly Damaged is title to be used as Class Action Investigation Member:

Failure of manufacturer and FDA to adequately warn of the foregoing likely aspects of taking these medicines and of their withdrawal difficulties thereby causing literally hundreds of thousands of dollars loss.


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2013-01-15  
Class Action Investigation Member:
nataliems38
 

Case Details:
In 2006 my father was murdered. Seeking help I was prescribed 2.5 mil of xanax. Now it is 2013 and I am up to 3 2mg xanax a day. I did not have seizures nor high blood pressure before xanax and when I do not get xanax I am sick as a dog. I went to the hospital wanting to be treated for anxiety pleading to get off Xanax and the gave me more xanax. I am 40 and xanax has destroyed my life. Now I am receiving total disability and unable to work. PLEASE HELP ME!


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2013-01-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
REYMUNDO
 

Case Details:
I HAVE PERMANENT DAMAGE PHYSICALLY + MENTALLY+ WITHDRAWLS ARE HORRIBLE--- ANY HELP OUT THERE????????


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2013-01-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
mindash
 

Case Details:
not only did i experience ATROCIOUS withdrawal symptoms once i had stopped taking xanax lasting acutely for 2 weeks and for years following (finally may have level out over 9 years) but also there would be times where i would take a pill goto bed and wake up 2 days later in a psyche ward with some form of self inflicted injury i had no memory of and even required emergency serves and reconstructive surgery which has killed my guitar playing abilities ever since.

also every addictive substance taken for even sometimes short periods does have what is known primarily to opiate addicts as "post acute withdrawal syndrome aka PAWS"


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2013-01-08  
Class Action Investigation Member:
rileys1
 

Case Details:
Uncontrolled. Violent mood swings skitzo symptoms addiction to other drugs hearing of voices rage the fear people. Are following her loss in sexual desire headaches uncontrollable. Outburst damage passed on to our son cataracts. Dizziness memory loss this drug kills people


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2012-12-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
rhedin
 

Case Details:
Lost job, hospitalized three times, suicide attempts due to benzo effects and seizure when trying to discontinue taking. I am a wife, mom of three children, masters degree registered nurse with a stable work history as a public health nurse for ten years and now I am unable to care for my family, work, drive, focus, or function. Have all the lingering effects of protracted withdrawal syndrome.


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2012-12-15  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Medstu
 

Case Details:
Premed student 4.1 gpa. After being prescribed kpin for ptsd lost all cognitive function.


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2012-12-09  
Class Action Investigation Member:
MpKid
 

Case Details:
Withdrawals
Insomnia
High pulse that I have to take meds for
Increased anxiety
Electric shocks
Unnatural behavior
Lethargic feeling
Headaches


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2012-12-09  
Class Action Investigation Member:
MpKid
 

Case Details:
Withdrawals
Insomnia
High pulse that I have to take meds for
Increased anxiety
Electric shocks
Unnatural behavior
Lethargic feeling
Headaches


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2012-12-07  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kraftycounselor
 

Case Details:
Prescribed when my blood pressure was high due to stress of dealing with paralyzed spouse.
I lost:my marriage,children and successful career as a school counselor.
At a difficult time when my family needed me,my family not only lost me, but I lost myself. I became an anxiety ridden morally depraved mess and for 8 long years I stayed on this drug believing I suffered some bogus chemical imbalance from the crisis and never knew it was actually Xanax and all its disastrous side effects. My blood pressure rose to a steady 150+, and I fought suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. Four years ago I finally found a detox medical center that would take me (none would because I took it as prescribed) and after two horrid years filled with everything from severe sleep deprivation, extreme light sensitivity and muscle twitching, I decided to go back to work. I have been employed since at an inner city school where the stress is high and my anxiety level remains as it was pre-Xanax - NON_EXISTENT! Thankfully, my children are back in my life and they are very happy to have their mother back. Xanax took everything and everyone that meant anything to me and I want some justice for this crime against my life!



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2012-11-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Jga6996
 

Case Details:
2 YEARS OF WITHDRAWELS
IBS PROBLEMS
HEAD AND NECK PAIN
JAW, LEG, & BACK PAIN
MUSCLE ACHES AND JOINT PAIN
UNBEARABLE EXTEME PAIN
ELECTRIC SHOCKS
DELIRIUM
CONFUSION
ISOLATION
DEPRESSION
FATIGUE
INSOMNIA
MANIC BEHAVIOR
LOSS OF WORK
LOSS OF FRIENDS
LOSS OF RELATIONSHIPS
INABILITY TO WORK
MAINTAIN A JOB OR HOME
BLACKOUTS
SEVERE PAIN!!!!
SWEATING
SHAKING
NAUSEA AND VOMITING
HAND TREMORS
ADDICITION TO PAINKILLERS
2 OVERDOSES ON OTHER DRUGS THAT ALMOST KILLED ME BOTH TIMES WHILE ON KLONAPIN
THOUSANDS IN LEGAL FEES
ARRESTS AND PROBATION
THOUSANDS IN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL FEES
UNEXPLAINABLE FEAR
DIZZINESS
AGITATION
RAGE
SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
SENSATIVITY TO LIGHT AND SOUND
LOW ENERGY
LACK OF MOTIVATION
CANT FOCUS OR CONCENTRATE.
I WANT MY LIFE BACK!!!!!!!!!! I WANT MY LIFE BACK!!!!!!


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2012-11-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ethan294
 

Case Details:
3 years of withdrawal so far
vomiting
diarrhea
manic feelings
terrible panic attacks
sweating
shaking
loss of sleep
loss of jobs
loss of relationship
shakes
anxiety
heart palpitations


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2012-11-18  
Class Action Investigation Member:
benzosuferer
 

Case Details:
nausea daily
hand tremor
depression
have been unsuccessful titrating
lethargic
increased heart rare


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2012-11-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
croman
 

Case Details:
i was prescribed xanax in 2005 due to anxiety and panic attacks in enclosed unventilated areas or in meetings, gatherings etc. After a period of time of being in this I started to develop bizarre behavioral patterns such as reckless sexual indecency for which I was arrested, convicted and sent to jail. I have no recollection whatsoever of me doing such an act. I was also arrested for disorderly conduct in a bar of which I also have no recollection. When I mentioned these to my doctor she said; "Oh I stopped prescribing xanax to all my patients because they all have had similar symptoms as yours" !!!! I am not longer in it after she took me off but not before going through hell! the following are some of the symptoms I had during the course of bein on xanax:

- erratic behavior; in my 53 years of age I never had any legal issues except in a 4-5 years of being on xanax.
-suicidal thoughts
-acute hearing loss and tinitus on my right ear of which hearing specialists can't find anything that caused it.
-loss of job due to erratic behavior
-arrests and thousands of legal fees
-divorce


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2012-11-09  
Class Action Investigation Member:
user3521
 

Case Details:
I have been on Klonopin for 15 years for anxiety attacks in small rooms with no air ventilation. I weaned myself off the medication January 2012 to Februrary. A screaching sound happened in my right ear. I have been to ENT's. No hearing loss. Now a slight ring in my right ear.


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2012-10-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
tparker
 

Case Details:
loss of work
loss of family
numerous withdrawal symptoms over 7 months and still going.
thousands of dollars in medical bills


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2012-10-15  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Bambi
 

Case Details:
I have been on Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin over the past 7 yrs. It has caused many trips to hospitals, specialists, rehab/detox centers, addictionologists, even tried acupuncture. The withdrawals are unbearable. My last trip to detox was March 2012 coming off of 10 mgs of Ativan. They cold turkeyed me in SEVEN DAYS!!!!!!! I staye there 3 wks and I was in such bad shape mentally and physically that I took an Ativan as soon as I walked out the door just to try and feel NORMAL again. It didn't work. I'm back up to 5 mgs of Ativan daily and the symptoms are HORRIBLE even being back on. Can't eat, sleep, work, leave my house, so dizzy I can barely function, unexplainable fear, psychosis episodes, can't be alone, manic episodes, agitation and rage, can't remember anything (long term or short term), vision problems, SEVERE depersonalization and derealization, severe anxiety, SEVERE CONFUSION/DELIRIUM, tinnitus, depression, SEVERE fatigue, agoraphobia, the list goes on and on....I am only 33 yrs old and have been on disability for 2 yrs. I want to work. I want my life back. I NEVER had these problems before taking these meds. My only problem before taking these pills was dizziness/vertigo. My doctor told me I'd be on benzos for the rest of my life for anxiety. He NEVER said it was addictive and would eventually take so many yrs of my life. Something needs to be done to stop doctors from prescribing these meds. I would give ANYTHING to go back 7 yrs and to be able to turn down that one prescription that has forever changed my life.


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2012-10-14  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sseals
 

Case Details:
I took klonopin for test anxiety once a month 1/2 .5 mg . It has been a viscious cycle of withdraws and severe pain. I was off it for a year and a half and then my body kept going back into withdraws and I had to reinstate twice for unbearable pain. I have been of for almost 6 months and still suffering terribly. i asked all my doctors if I could the pain was from withdraws and they said no. This last time, my doc just kept refilling it without any question and said I could just stop taking it when I want to with no clue as to how to get off them safely.


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2012-10-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
nwhite1979
 

Case Details:
I have been been off of xanax for 1 year. I have since had problems with anxiety, chronic Urticaria, skin problems, and other health related issues I cannot seem to figure out just yet. I have a hard time functioning in public etc. Im tired of this. The list goes on and on...


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2012-10-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
usfainc
 

Case Details:
I was under extreme stress and took 1 additional klonopin and blacked out.
I am told I added beer and soon wanted to commit suicide.
Went outside to shoot myself and shot into ground instead.
Soon after law enforcement arrived and arrested me for criminal recklessness.
Spent 5 days in jail and currently under probation.
This drug prescribed by my doctor was to relieve stress. Now under more than ever!


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2012-09-19  
Class Action Investigation Member:
MSSINCLAIR
 

Case Details:
EVERY PAIN STAKING SYMPTOM LISTED BY THE COUNTLESS OTHERS HERE: IBS PROBS, INCESSANT MIGRAINE HEAD PAIN, NECK AND JAW DENTAL PAIN PROBS, ELECTRIC SHOCKS, DELIRIUM, CONFUSION, LEGAL PROBS, LOSS OF MEMORY, ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSTION, ISOLATION, DEPRESSION, FATIGUE, INSOMNIA, MANIC BEHAVIOR AND THE CRASH AFTER, EVERY NIGHTMARISH SIDE EFFECT...INABILITY TO WORK, MAINTAIN A HOME, LIFE, OR FRIENDS, IM LIVING IN HELL IT WOULD FEEL...BEEN DROPPED BY THE VERY DOC WHO'D HAD ME ON A MAX DOSAGE OF XANAX,SOMA, OXY ETC.FOR OVER 5 YRS+


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2012-09-14  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Auslander831
 

Case Details:
In August of 2007 I was bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme Disease. After becoming very sick I approached a number of doctors and was misdiagnosed and told repeatedly that there was nothing wrong with me and that I have health anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder. I was placed on Klonopin in early 2008 and quickly became addicted to the medication. I was never told of the dangers. Finally in 2008, I was diagnosed properly with late stage Lyme Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy and treated with the necessary antibiotics. The Lyme symptoms and neuropathy cleared in a matter of months. Unfortunately, however, by then I was severely addicted to Klonopin and suffering horrifying side effects from the medication that were both psychiatric and neurological in nature. I withdrew from Klonopin in March of 2009 and suffered a intense withdrawal, which really has never ended. Today I live in a generalized state of hypertonic and hypotonic muscles, sustained and involuntary muscle contractions, twisting and wrenching muscle contractions, shortened muscles resulting from chronic electrical overstimulation and causing a malformed gait, electrical shocks to the brain and other parts of the body, intermittent psychotic and agitative episodes caused by electrical attacks to the brain, and a plethora of other debilitating symptoms. My life has been destroyed by this drug. I depend on the financial help of others to maintain my existence. I cannot work. I have seen multiple neurologists and have not received a definitive diagnosis. However, my hypertonia was confirmed and it was suggested I am suffering from an extrapyramidal syndrome resulting from Clonazepam. I am visiting a research hospital soon. I have been looking for a diagnosis for four years now.


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2012-08-20  
Class Action Investigation Member:
PrincessTamera
 

Case Details:
*Repetitive panic attacks
*Anxiety
*Muscle aches and joint pain; it was so severe in the first month that I was walking as slow as an 80 year-old with both fibromyalgia and severe arthritis.
*Crying spells and alternately no emotion at all; Four months out and I still deal with this.
*Suicidal and ideology
*Electric zaps throughout the brain that were so scary I thought I was having a stroke
*Feeling like a prisoner in my own mind
*Sensitivity to light and sound; to this day, I have trouble with light because of dilated pupils and still jump out of my skin at the least little sound
*Dizziness/Vertigo; I couldn't drive for the first month because of the severe waves of dizziness that immediately followed a turn of the head
*Nausea
*Loss of appetite followed by large gain of appetite
*Hearing things that were not really there; I was fortunate that I did not have any visual hallucinations.
*Insomnia that still plagues me to this day,.
*Shaking so bad that I can't keep my legs still sometimes. This is uncontrollable, and I never had this problem until after I was taken off of the medicine.
*Extreme problems with memory; to this day, I still have trouble remembering things that have happened and sometimes remember the event incorrectly.
*I've developed a mild form of agoraphobia, but forcing myself to get up and leave my house does help.
*Sweating profusely
*Low energy
*Lack of motivation

*BRAIN ATROPHY!!!


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2012-08-19  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ZoeyB
 

Case Details:
Doctors prescribed (over a period of 5+ years) Klonopin, Xanax, Diazepam and Ativan. Lost jobs, isolation, downward spiral.....all the while I didn't realize my life was gradually being destroyed by these drugs. No doctor ever told me the dangers of addiction nor did they inform me of the dangers of cold turkey withdrawal - when I finally decided to go off of them cold turkey I suffered a living hell NIGHTMARE for a month & finally had to go to the emergency room and get back on the benzos. About a month later I suffered a severe psychosis and had to be hospitalized. That's when they put me on the Ativan - hence another year of not being able to keep a job, not living at all really. I finally went to a rehab in another state and spent thousands of dollars to get detoxed off of this hideous drug. I have been off of it for almost 2 months now and I'm really grateful for that. I have a long road ahead of me before I'll feel "normal" again - I still have withdrawal symptoms and much anxiety. This hell that my fellow benzo addicts and I have suffered and are still suffering needs to be stopped!!! Somebody do SOMETHING, PLEASE!!! These drugs are literally deadly - I have learned that benzo withdrawal and alcohol withdrawal are the ONLY 2 withdrawals that can actually kill you - and alcohol withdrawal is usually a fraction of the time that benzo withdrawal takes. Even after 2 months of being benzo free I still can't function on a daily basis. I have no short term memory, physical problems I never had before going on the benzos, my right hand is numb all the time, etc. etc. My complete story is way too long to tell all the details - the worst hell I've ever been through and I've been through a lot of hell in my life!!!


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2012-07-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
dray514
 

Case Details:

His doctor perscribed him xanax for anxiety for the past 7 years. His doctor made him an involuntary addict. He never tried to get him off of them. It has caused him to lose interest in his family and friends, lost his job, not the same mentally,physically,emotionally, wasn't able to work with his co workers. Xanax has caused him to have high blood pressure, chrones disease, high triglicerides 600 to 1000 range, high cholesteral,horriable heartburn. He is paranoid, moody, anger issues. Then his doctor sends him a letter telling him he doesn't want him as a patient anymore. He didn't give him a detox before quiting him. So times everything by 100 thats how bad his symptoms are now. I feel like I lost my husbund to xanax. Please Help!!!!!


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2012-07-20  
Class Action Investigation Member:
jackienine
 

Case Details:
memory loss, anxiety attacks, paranoia, obsessive thinking, cognitive impairment, depression with suicidal attempt, aggression, violent, anger, poor judgement, thyroid damage, sleep deprivation resulting in fibromyalgia, visual changes resulting in surgery, damage to cornea, poor judgement, multiple psychiatric diagnosis from drug side effects, loss of jobs, homes, money, thousands spent on health care, need for the drug due to addiction and unbearable withdrawal syndrome, divorces, , inability to learn, uninformed of dependence and of withdrawal syndrome, withdrawal syndrome currently 6 months sick with anxiety attacks, adrenaline surges, hypertension, tachycardia, muscle twitching, depression, suicidal ideation, tinnitus, chest pain, apathy,depersonalization, derealization, anhedonia, diarrhea, fatulence, skin burning various locations, agarophobia, urinary frequency, inability to read, poor appetite, nausea. 2 cold turkey withdrawals with all of above and resulting severe psychosis intolerable had to reinstate. withdrawal so severe must slow titrate over 6 months. ruined my life with resulting 50 lbs weight gain over 10 yrs, double chin, muscle wasting, life just ruined by this poison.


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2012-07-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
green12345
 

Case Details:
My Neurologist did not warn me of consequences of taking this drug. I was on it for 3 months for cervical dystonia and got no relief, it just made it much worse. I have been trying to quit, but withdrawal symptoms are unbearable. Total sleeplessness, paranoia, weakness, fatigue, depression (i did not have those before), much worse muscle spasms. How can they allow such drugs? This is a crime against humanity.


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2012-07-15  
Class Action Investigation Member:
bgtindell
 

Case Details:
memory loss, muscular skeletal system malfunctions over entire body, speech impairment, dysphasia, dysrrythmia, chronic fatique, irrital bowel syndrome and others.


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2012-07-11  
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ginagurl
 

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Cognitive digestive titinus cleenching teeth high blood pressure panic attacks anxiety attacks muscle pain depression insomnia obsession these symptoms are still present. I am one year off of xanax. 6-10 mg per day.


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2012-07-11  
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ginagurl
 

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Cognitive digestive titinus cleenching teeth high blood pressure panic attacks anxiety attacks muscle pain depression insomnia obsession these symptoms are still present. I am one year off of xanax. 6-10 mg per day.


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2012-07-03  
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sickofit
 

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My complaints can be summed up by every other complaint I have read on this suit. 14 years of hell. Life ruined cant function, work or take care of children and everyday activities of living..I want to live again....have tried so many times to wein off with no luck. Drs do NOT understand, you can tell them how you feel but unless they know first hand they dont care. I want a Dr. who knows first hand how i feel and I want to talk to them asap!!!!


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2012-06-28  
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sailor
 

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The Coast Guard refused to renew my license as a result of being on it.


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2012-06-19  
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tessie1961
 

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I have nausea every single day, am on edge constantly, have trouble concentrating, can't sleep except for maybe an hour at the most before waking up, trouble swallowing, feeling like there is a huge lump in my throat, tinnitus, muscle pains, feelings of emotional bluntness (no feelings at all), suffocating feeling, out of breath just sitting still, feelings of rage come upon me for no reason at all, no patience whatsoever, jump at loud noises, eye sensitivity among other symptoms. These feelings are unlike anything I felt previous to being placed on benzos. Ruined financial problems and family problems because of this also.


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2012-06-08  
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mchambers624
 

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I have spent thousands of dollars on medicine and ER visits because of the drug. I am not able to sleep, I can only eat very small items, my heart rate gets over 100 at random points in the day, I get nauseous everyday, I feel as though I am not able to concentrate, I have dizziness, fatigue, shakiness, I am so emotional with crying spells very often. I have been fighting to get off this drug for almost a year now and it feels impossible. This drug is so dangerous and I was not informed by my doctor about the side effects or intensity of this drug.


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2012-06-02  
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I was prescribed Alprazolam 1-2x per day and never told that it was addictive and that I would experience severe and painful withdrawal symptoms. Several months later, I am still dealing with the affects of this medication as I try to get weaned with Clonapin which is also addictive and Hydroxizine.
The withdrawal symptoms are debilitating and have affected my ability to function at the same level I used to. This has also affected my earning potential as I have not returned to work and am concerned about my ability to produce as I used to.
My whole life has been disrupted. I used to be confident, ambitious, enthusiastic and optimistic. Now I am withdrawn and have lost confidence. I went from being outgoing and loving life to feeling like an empty shell.
My life has been dramatically affected. I am not the person I used to be. And I’m scared I never will be. My mind has been severely damaged because of her negligence and this drug.


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2012-05-20  
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Been on high dosage for many years 4-5.
Severe memory loss
Severe depression
Decreased libido
More anxiety than when I started


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2012-05-12  
Class Action Investigation Member:
mmarts
 

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Second attempt to get completely off Benzo's after 9 1/2 years. Failed first attempt, second time did a slower taper. Now off the drug but have horrible heart rhythm changes, anxiousness, electrical zaps, long term gastric problems, etc...


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2012-05-02  
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mileena1776
 

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I was c/td off of Klonopin on 12/21/2011. I was never given the option to be weaned. I have been thru hell and back and want the pharmaceutical companies and the drs involved to be punished severely. I have dealt with:
*Repetitive panic attacks
*Anxiety
*Muscle aches and joint pain; it was so severe in the first month that I was walking as slow as an 80 year-old with both fibromyalgia and severe arthritis.
*Crying spells and alternately no emotion at all; Four months out and I still deal with this.
*Suicidal and homicidal ideology (Even more so now that I am planning to taper myself off of Paxil, another favorite of these greedy drs and pharmaceutical companies)
*Electric zaps throughout the brain that were so scary I thought I was having a stroke
*Feeling like a prisoner in my own mind
*Sensitivity to light and sound; to this day, I have trouble with light because of dilated pupils and still jump out of my skin at the least little sound
*Dizziness/Vertigo; I couldn't drive for the first month because of the severe waves of dizziness that immediately followed a turn of the head
*Nausea
*Loss of appetite followed by large gain of appetite
*Hearing things that were not really there; I was fortunate that I did not have any visual hallucinations.
*Insomnia that still plagues me to this day, and I am four months out from my last dose.
*Shaking so bad that I can't keep my legs still sometimes. This is uncontrollable, and I never had this problem until after I was taken off of the medicine.
*Extreme problems with memory; to this day, I still have trouble remembering things that have happened and sometimes remember the event incorrectly.
*I've developed a mild form of agoraphobia, but forcing myself to get up and leave my house does help.
*Sweating profusely
*Initially, I had extremely bad nightmares, but the fact that I could remember them gave me some hope that I was healing. Being on the Klonopin messed up my brain's memory functions and interfered with being able to recall dreams.
*Low energy
*Lack of motivation
I have purchased several books on benzodiazepine withdrawal as well as safely tapering off of Paxil because that is my next course of action. Furthermore, I refuse to allow any drs to help in my tapering of Paxil as I do not trust them. They are given kickbacks by pharmaceutical companies to be legal drug pushers. I went to a detox center for one thing and was instead taken off of the benzo I was prescribed. They did this in 5 days. No, it doesn't work like that. Many people who are off or working to get off of a benzo know that a 5-day detox is the equivalent of a cold turkey withdrawal. Many of us are months out from our last dose and still have not recovered completely. We still have some symptoms that make living life hard. This is affecting my day to day living as I have no energy to look for a job and have trouble taking care of my two year old daughter. This isn't just about money for me; it's about change. People, we need to stop letting the pharmaceutical companies control us and enslave us. They own the drs. Let's not allow them to own us too. We can make a difference if we work together. I stand by all of my fellow benzo buddies who know all too well what benzo hell is truly like.


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2012-04-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
clint
 

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I have been prescribed very high doses of Alprazlam (Xanax)for almost 3 years now. Since the Alprazlam prescription I have also been prescribed Temazepam, another benzpdiazapene, along with Zolpidem (Ambien)also at high doses. I have learned through extensive research that these medications should never be prescribed together. There is a concerning mortality rate. I have also been prescribed Seroquel, Seroquel XR, and Paliperidone (Invega); all anti-psychotic-hypnotic drugs.
I have had at least 2 seizures due to discontuation and/or reduction of dosage. I am currently also on Propranolol which is being prescribed for rapid heart rate brought on after continued, long-term use of the benzodiazapenes. I am in constant dysfunction as a result of all the medications and am in fear of how this will affect my body as I try to ween myself off my prescriptions.
All of the prescriptions listed above except for the Propranolol were prescribed by the same doctor. Who has recently had to surrender his medical license and is under investigation and no longer able to practice medicine. The details of the investigation are not public information, but I am in the process of filing my own complaint with the Medical Board against this doctor who originally prescribed these medications.
I feel that I have been grossly over-prescribed and the terms of my prescriptions are way beyond the scope of safe. I have encountered many withdrawal symptoms and countless symptoms of extreme discomfort and systemic malfunction as a result of dependence to these medications.


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2012-04-02  
Class Action Investigation Member:
starseed
 

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I was taken off clonazepam quickly and went into psychosis and suicidal ideation. Ending up in emergency 4 times and the last time was accused to abusing the system and told to tough out the withdrawal process. I ended up trying to commit suicide and then reinstated on twice the amount I had initially been taking.


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2012-03-25  
Class Action Investigation Member:
WolfeRun
 

Case Details:
Major anxiety, panic attacks, other major symptoms. Unable to work for 6+ years despite previous excellent work history.


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2012-03-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
DenimDiva
 

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I went to the dr. complaining about a racing heart, hot flashes, shakiness, dizziness, rapid pulse and blood pressure spikes. He never did any tests on me. He talked me into taking Klonopin/Clonzepam. When it didn't take away my symptoms, it increased my dosage until I was up to 16 mgs. a day. He told me it was harmless. I looked for a different dr. so I could wean off of this stuff. No doctors around here really know how to wean a patient off of benzos. They all think that you just cut the dose in half every week for a few weeks. One dr. tried to tell me that I could c/t off of it. If I had insurance, I'd probably have gone to ER. One dr. tried to drop me from 16 mgs down to 8 mgs. I'm still not back to work and now I have a bad problem with anxiety and panic that I didn't have before going on the meds.


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2012-03-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
DenimDiva
 

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I went to the dr. complaining about a racing heart, hot flashes, shakiness, dizziness, rapid pulse and blood pressure spikes. He never did any tests on me. He talked me into taking Klonopin/Clonzepam. When it didn't take away my symptoms, it increased my dosage until I was up to 16 mgs. a day. He told me it was harmless. I looked for a different dr. so I could wean off of this stuff. No doctors around here really know how to wean a patient off of benzos. They all think that you just cut the dose in half every week for a few weeks. One dr. tried to tell me that I could c/t off of it. If I had insurance, I'd probably have gone to ER. One dr. tried to drop me from 16 mgs down to 8 mgs. I'm still not back to work and now I have a bad problem with anxiety and panic that I didn't have before going on the meds.


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2012-03-18  
Class Action Investigation Member:
BenzoJoe
 

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Took Dr prescribed Xanax for one month for mild anxiety, Dr. did not recognize paradoxical allergic reaction even though I begged her to advise that. and was cold turkeyed overnight. Severe physical and neurological symptoms for over 4 years, with relapse effect due to severe reactions to other meds now. None of these symotoms ever had before Xanax use. Unable to work.


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2012-03-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ckrueger408
 

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23 yr old male. Was anxious about work didn't ask for pills but doctor recommended them. When I asked him about any addiction he said I WOULDN'T GET ADDICTED if I took pills every once in a while. I had absolutely no intention of taking anything long term or getting dependent on anything obviously. The pill was ativan.

Took the 1mg every 2 to 3 days. After 4 weeks was shockingly dependent. Of course I spent the next 2 weeks in hell not realizing I was going through withdrawals (electric skin, heart palpitations, muscles spasms, insane insomnia, jumping out of my skin, trying not to faint, feeling like I'm going to have a seizure) between doses. Thought I was going to die. Thousands spent going to doctors and ER (3 times) when they all said O its probably anxiety. One doctor at the ER even smiled as he walked in to meet me basically already diagnosing me with a panic attack which I just needed to get calmed down from.

So he came back and gave me a big shot of ATIVAN the very hellish drug I was suffering from, which knocked me the hell out.

So finally after contacting numerous detoxes they told me I was indeed withdrawling from Ativan and suggested if I wanted to get off I needed to seek help. So I find an outpatient specialist that charges an arm and a leg per session. But they are doing their jobs and all they can do and honestly they are the only ones I trust. Theyve put me on Librium and Trileptal to make help me ween off. 3 weeks and $2000 later (of the detox program, not counting the $7000+ in medical bills I've spent trying to figure out what was wrong with me) I have not even started the taper process because my body/mind is so screwed up it's like its not even properly accepting any drug anymore. Their is not much they can do for me but they are trying their hardest and are good people trying to help.

It seems at this point though I will never get better. I feel as though my body is being electrocuted 24/7 like I'm about to have a siezure. I've lost 30 pounds. I feel like I want nothing to do with the rest of the world and I am usually a very social person. I've been in hell for 2+ months, I can't imagine going through this for years like some people. And doctors just hand this sh*t out like candy.

I had no intention of taking anything long term, the doctors are careless with this stuff and from what I've come to understand this stuff is way harder to kick then heroin. At this point the only thing I would feel like would help me would be a 24 hr 30-90 day detox which costs anywhere from $25000 to 80000. There goes my life.

I'm still on these benzos (Librium because I'm still trying to kick the problem and that's what the specialists' program revolves around.) but I'm not getting any better. I feel constantly sick and miserable with multiple horrible symptoms. I still have to work, somebody has to pay the bills, and my GF can't work (Somebody has to take care of our 1 yr old). It's literally hell.

Who the hell developed this drug?? They might as well be handing people loaded guns.

I have to keep taking this drug and prolong the misery because if I don't the withdrawls as everyone knows can kill me. I NEED A MIRACLE. I CAN'T LIVE LIKE THIS. I'm 23 (a previously healthy 23 at that) and feel like I'm 60. I'm not a sue-happy kind of person but somebody should be responsible for this.

BENZOS ARE LITERALLY THE DEVILS DRUG. They have ruined my life. And it only took a few weeks.


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2012-03-15  
Class Action Investigation Member:
rcloff
 

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I have been disabled from driving, working, etc., since discontinuing klonopin. I am unable to drive for 18 months now, dizzy, blurred vision, severe insomnia, stomach problems. Basically loss of all functioning in or out of the house.


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2012-03-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
granny50
 

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stomach problem's, IBS, lost over 40lbs. Tremors I can't think of all of it now. Can't get help from Doctor.


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2012-02-29  
Class Action Investigation Member:
shelbyrw
 

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Memory loss ranges from lasting 3 months straight to every other day. I never know when it will happen. As a devoted and very loving mother of the two most amazing peole ever, daughter 9 and son is 2. I am more than upset that tonight when my daughter asked me if I remembered what she got me for Christmas I had to have her give me hints as to what it was. Not only did the look on her face break my heart it tore hers up too. I am fed up. I have told my Dr over and over and all I get is that its MY fault because I need to take so much.

PRESCRIBED DAILY
4 1MG ATIVAN
1-2 10MG AMBIEN
250 MG SERIQUILL
4 50MG METOPORAL BETA BLOCKER

I DO NEED TO MENTION THAT I AM ONLY ON THE ATIVAN BECAUSE I REACHED THE MAXIMUM DOSAGES FOR CLONPIN AND XANAX.
While on clonpin 5 mg a day I lost my job by doing something I would have never done in my right mind and then forgeting I did it and did it again. I faced legal battles and when all was said and done I was ordered to pay over $2000 and hundreds of hours of comunity service for something that if it was laid out infront of me I wouldn't have known I did. How humiliating.

While I have been on these benzos so they are called I have nit been myself and I can't remember anything. Today I woke up with my boyfriend holding me down and I had no idea what was going on. Turns out I had been in a panic attack for over a half hour. If that's not bad enough when I looked at my hands and face I was covered in blood. During this attack I scratched my face and the top of my hands until he was able to pin me down and hold me. He is 200lbs of muscle and he has a hard time keeping my little body from hurting myself. I am so scared of what will happen when he is not here or when I am in public and this happens. People are usually very nice when they see me laying on the floor in a store screaming that I'm dieing but it is the most humiliating situation ever.

My question for anyone who took the time to read this is why in the beegeezes am I having attacks like this while I am so heavily medicated and why when I call the Dr do I not even deserve a call back? Do u know what its like to have your mouth dry up and have pure adrenaline run out your tounge? I do and I'm no Dr even tho I believe I am smarter than most but that sounds like no way of life and I agree hands down. I want my life back and my son will be three in 32 days and I would love nothing more than to remember his face on his big day.

I'm done but I could go on forever. A big air hug goes to all of u suffering any form of anxiety or any reason to be on benzos. I feel for you all and wish you the very best. I am putting this in my calender so I remember writing this. Let's spread the word and we can and will get thru this. Hopefully!! ;)


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2012-02-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
jamie9010
 

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My doctor put me on a benzo to help me slepp, He knew I didn't want anything addictive, he did not tell me restroil was addictive, a benzo or sideeffect. After taking this pill for one month Dec 2011, I had a adverse reaction and it made me sleep good at night and made me laugh all day until one day my wheich is in nursing right now, she said what kind of meds do you take and I told her about the sleeping pill and she got the bottle and knew it was a benzo and said momma I think I need to take you to the hospital because something bad is wrong, so I'v been to to ER'S and to a mental rehab, with a very bad experence with withdraws that I'm still having side effects with aneixty and trying to work. so please some lawyer call I have more info and it's not good.
Thank you so much
Barbara Crisp
BELMONT, NC 28012


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2012-02-18  
Class Action Investigation Member:
braindestroyed
 

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I started using alprazolam in about 2005. It was in response to being stalked. I was warned that it was addictive, but not that it would severely impair my ability to learn and to recall things.
As a result I lost my job. I could not effectively interview for a replacement because of the alprazolam. I had no idea this problem was taking place when it was happening.
Most recently I ran across a nice gentleman offering an excellent job in my field. I accepted the job and within two months was terminated because I could not learn how to do it. All my career I have been able to pick up new skills very easily, and this skill was well within my normal ability and was related to my past experience. There is no reason I should not have been able to do well in this job.
I still forget things more than I used to, despite that I have detoxed from alprazolam over 2 months ago.
The detox itself was harrowing and in my view very dangerous.


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2012-02-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
mike152
 

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I have suffered with suicidal thoughts, and have been close to having seizures because I was never told that if I did not take the pills it could be life threatening.
I also have Irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, heart palpitations, low blood pressure (which has caused me to fall down stairs and hit my head on things),flashes of light in my head and electrical shocks through my body, tremors and restless leg syndrome. which I never had before taking the pills, my cognitive function after 6 years of being on klonopin has diminished greatly. I have gone through countless doctors trying to find out what is wrong with me and finally realized it was because I was put on a drug for anxiety that I never should have been on for this long, I am frustrated and am going into a detox treatment program to get off of it, the pain this drug has put me through has been excruciating and I dont know why it is prescribed unless its an emergency situation. my life would be much better if I was never on it and it has made me an addict without even knowing it because you dont know until you try and come off of it, then you realize that its not just a "chill pill".
I am looking for financial compensation for my medical problems that would have never happened if it were not for this drug and now have to pay thousands of dollars to safely detox.
I have a therapist and 2 doctors that will attest to these facts, and I believe it is a crime that these drug companies know what this drug will do and that the medicinal benefits of this drug are very short acting and have been proven. ER docs should be giving it out to save lifes not psychiatrists for non life threatening conditions that can be dealt with through therapy.
I feel taken advantage of and also want to help others from the fate that has taken up a good quarter of my life and problems I may have forever. please help me with this fight.


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2012-02-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Skell
 

Case Details:
Near death, suicidal Ideation, Panic disorder, Insomnia, Paranoia, Severe PTSD, numerous Neurological and physical disorders.


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2012-02-14  
Class Action Investigation Member:
DAVE427
 

Case Details:
INABILITY TO WORK DUE TO DECREASED COGNITIVE FUNCTION, EXCESSIVE FATIGUE AND MUSCLE PAIN.


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2012-02-02  
Class Action Investigation Member:
featherjade
 

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After 1 week of taking klonopin my fiance tried to kill himself. He was originally put citalopram for depression but had no results. Then they put him on klonopin and a week later he attempted suicide. I read people with depression shouldn't take klonopin.So why is this drug being prescribed for depression? I to have a class action case #522.I believe they should be combined. Feel free to contact me, featherjade80@gmail.com. We lived in Tn at the time we are now in Iowa.


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2012-01-24  
Class Action Investigation Member:
soonerfan
 

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In the last year I have been hospitalized 4 times for suicidal ideations, depression, panic and anxiety due to trying to reduce the amount of clonazepam that I take. On my last visit to my psychiatrist, he wanted to raise my dosage from 4mg a day to 6. Can't see how I'm ever going to get off this drug that is raping my soul.


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2012-01-07  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kalangie
 

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I was placed on various benzodiazipines; xanax, konolopin, and lastly valium It started January 2008 when i went to the VA complaining of migranes. The Doctor gave me several medications that did not work for me. Eventually because i because a had a prior history of anxieyt he believed it was probably that and prescribed be generic xanax that was in February of 2008 and the begining of my decent to HELL! I was still having the headaches while taking the pills and within just a few weeks i started experienceing shakiness, then panick attacks. i went back to the VA and they sent me to see a physciatrist who then told me it was my anxiety and that was causing the problems and switched me to Clonazepam 2x a day. I after a month of that i started to have bad GI issues, serious vertigo, anxiety was through the roof. Went back and she upped it to 3x a day and all of it settled for a little while anyway. Several months after that i started to get progressively worse; i weighed about 193 and started to lose pounds rapidly, could eat without wanting to throw up, stopped working, panick attack even though i was taking the medications as prescribed. Developed liver problems,anemia, and could not leave my house. I eventually ended up in the VA hospital in Tampa where they sedated me heavly with Valium and a antipshycotic drug. I thougt they were going to kill me if i stayed so i called my parents and they got me out of there. I now on high doses of valium and eventuall got down to 138 pounds and could not get out of my bed even on my birthday. I new then that the Benzo's were killing me and with some financial help i went into a detox 2 week detox in Miami. Getting off those drugs is a nightmare i would not wish on even my enemy. I has now been about 20 months since i have been off and i still experience tremors, vertgio, GI problems are permanent, burning scalp, nerve pain, Migranes and anxiety. I finally got medicare insurance in May 2011 and went to a certified neurologist who condcucted several test and i have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury. The doctor asked me have i been in any accidents and of course i have not. I now know and believe through research that it was the benzodiazepines that caused my brain damage. I hope that we all get the justice that we deserve.


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2012-01-07  
Class Action Investigation Member:
jeremy0
 

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In Kansas City, I was hospitalized twice for issues with schizophrenia treatments. At the time, I was treatable on only 25 mg of Loxipine, and the first time in the hospital, the doctor also prescribed .5 mg of klonopin twice daily.

The doctors (including my primary care psychiatrist) left me on the klonopin for 10 weeks before deciding to take me off. At that time, my anxiety became so severe that I was again hospitalized, this time with the doctors saying I had akathesia. (It ended up that I did have akathesia from loxipine as well).

At that time, I was put on a mess of a risperidal treatment along with 45 mg of Temazepam. I was still on .5 mg of klonopin, just once a day.

Since being on Temazepam, I have struggled with being able to stay treated. I was put back on loxipine briefly before moving to Utah. When I was basically back on loxipine and fanapt, it was taking 100mg of loxipine to barely treat me. After just a few months.

In the hospital in Utah, they tried to take me off of Temazepam cold-turkey. I had almost seizures during the night and could not sleep at all. They put me back on 30 mg of Temazepam and 100 mg of Trazadone to get me to sleep again.

I feel like I'm stuck on these benzos, and coming off of them scares me because it seems like it's either making my psychosis worse, or it's just that being on Temazepam is causing me hallucinations that I otherwise wouldn't have.

I will be discussing with my doctor a course of action for the Temazepam, and we'll see the results if we do decide to come all the way off of it within a year or so.

As for the klonopin, I'm completely stuck with it. Every time coming off of it my anxiety gets way too bad, and I'm just on a small dose..

I never had any trouble sleeping or having anxiety in the past, as long as I was on a psychotropic drug like zyprexa. These were just medications prescribed to me while in the hospital, then prescribed to me on dismissal, and became severely addicted after leaving me on it for several weeks.

I still have the responsible doctors' names and office locations.


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2012-01-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
daisy
 

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My name is tanya.. I was given Alprazolam, I think in 1998 for mild anxiety and inability to sleep. It worked well.. Until the mid 2000's.. I stared to have really bad anxiety, followed with depression., the list of problems just grew..inablility to enteract with others, High BP., obsessing, having to quit my job. i could no longer function in an everyday envoirment. All the while, I ask the dr., could this be from the benzo?, No she said.. I ended up in the Psyche unit in 2009, so ill. They started pulling the meds from me, basically doing a c/t, 4 mg. in 4 mo's. Again I ended up in the hospital after 1mg. had been taken off me.. It was a descent in to HELL. It's now 2012, and I'm still sick. Never had any of this before, and want my life back.. I'm 57, and have lost more than you can imagine..Someone has to be accountable for this hellish suffering I have been put thru. Never a mention to me from any Dr. that a small anxiety pill, (benzo) could do this and the warnings you get with the prescriptions are worthless info! I wonder if there is a legal representative who will actually help any of us!


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2012-01-04  
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JuneStar
 

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I was prescribed Xanax for anxiety. After about six months on the drug is when my life became a complete mess, unable to work, attend college courses, my anxiety turned into all out terror like I never experienced before, numerous panic/terror attacks a day, agoraphobia, declining physical health. Doctors did not recognize what was going on, of course, so I was kept on it for another two years and my functioning continued to suffer greatly. I finally learned the truth about these drugs because it finally clicked that something was up with the "meds," (never in my life had my anxiety, mental state or physical health been like this) and came off of it, only to suffer from dozens of horrific symptoms..something like out of a horror film. Now almost 20 months off and still suffering from muscle pain and spasms, twitching, nerve pain, burning skin, insomnia, G.I. problems, fatigue, dizziness, and the list goes on and on. It has ruined my life and stolen ALL of my independence. No amount of money will ever make up for this, but this benzo epidemic needs attention, and fast.


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2012-01-04  
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Nikki
 

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Klonpin has messed up my life! From the age of 17 to now 26 I have been on this drug when it so clearly states when a dr prescribes this that its supposed to be stopped after a few weeks. I took this during pregnancy and my child was luckily born fine but I'm not fine and have lost friends and loved ones due to my recent withdrawling. I now have a dr that if he knew I was trying to taper down, he would jerk me off way too fast. Its going to take me years to taper and I cant take care of my children! One is 5 and the other is just a few months. My husband had to quit work bc I cant take care of my kids and he cant afford to pay our bills and daycare. Now he looks for work online and we struggle not to loose everything including our children and its all due to Klonopin and drs prescribing it! And I cant even get disability for this!


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2012-01-04  
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skippingstar
 

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I was prescribed Klonopin after a heart operation. I was not warned that it could be addictive. I weaned myself down from 1.5 mg of Klonopin to .125 and I stayed on that small amount for 17 years. I am now 15 months benzo free and still suffering from anxiety, depression, burning feet, adrenaline surges, confusion, and fear. Every doctor I see says either take more or just go off it. I have gone off it - and still suffering!


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2012-01-03  
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Jittery18
 

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I was prescribed cipro for a kidney stone aftermath last March. I had a horrible Central Nervous system reaction from the cipro and was prescribed Xanax. After two weeks on the Xanax I developed twitching and muscle jerks and terrible insomnia. I was switched to Ativan for two months. I read up on benzos and was shocked. They were causing all of these weird symptoms including severe muscle jerks, facial twitching, and horrific insomnia. I was prescribed Klonopin to taper from. I was only on benzos 3 months and six months later I still experience severe jerking of my limbs, horrific insomnia and anxiety like I've never experienced. This drug ruined my life and cost me my job.


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2011-12-30  
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WendyBeveridge
 

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I was prescribed benzodiazepines for a number of years for a sleep disorder in the treatment of my chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. The medications helped at first, but they eventually stopped working well. I never abused the medications nor got high from them. Suspecting that these medications were making my sleep and my health worse, I started cutting down off of ativan January 15, 2003, and from that day, my sleep was drastically altered so many times worse. I became intensely distressed, weakened, and agonized. I went from being a functional person who could drive and do volunteer work, to being profoundly ill and distressed, unable to even watch television much of the time, nor talk with friends much, and needing to live with the use of caregivers. I've made some improvement, but I am not anywhere back to where I was before 1/15/2003.


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2011-12-29  
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dstokes
 

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I was prescribed restoril in December of 2006. Hit tolerance w/d within 2 months. Became completely psychotic fast. Got on ONLY for minor insomnia. Docotr told me to c/t in Oct. 2006. I have been in complete torment ever since. I am 50 months off. Head pain, anxiety, brain vibrations, derealization, brain fog,blurred vision, dizziness, cog impairment, worse insomnia, fatigue


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2011-12-29  
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dstokes
 

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I was prescribed restoril in December of 2006. Hit tolerance w/d within 2 months. Became completely psychotic fast. Got on ONLY for minor insomnia. Docotr told me to c/t in Oct. 2006. I have been in complete torment ever since. I am 50 months off. Head pain, anxiety, brain vibrations, derealization, brain fog,blurred vision, dizziness, cog impairment, worse insomnia, fatigue


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2011-12-29  
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helpme123
 

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My name is Laura, I was first perscribed a Benzo Ativan in Florida while I was on vacation , I was experiencing a reaction from stopping taking OTC Nytol, I was given a perscribtion for Ativan for 10 days, that was Jan 10 2010 , I asked that Dr that attended to me was it gng to STOP the burning , he said YES, I went to see my Dr back in Canada and he continued to perscribe me with Clonozepam , At 3 mths on Clonozepam I had a convulsion like symptom and my entire both legs started to burn, my family Dr told me I was perscribed this because of anxiety and I needed to increase my dose, I argued with him I dont have anxiety , he convinced me that was why I was having burning Vaginal , and why I was having burning legs , I was told I could take 3-4 pills that hey were safe and was a small dose . I was upping and downing my dose by then and I wasnt feeling right on the inside I felt like I was dying so I asked to see my Endroncologist , she was shocked I was taken a Benzo for Vaginal burning and told me to get off them that they effect the Adrenals ,she also told me to taper , and said to ask my Family DR abt tapering , I had no idea what that mant , I was never on any mdications ever before that in my entire life. Itold my Family Dr what she told me , h said to just stop them they were a small dose , I was now taking between 1mg to 2mg . So I stopped them C/T Mid May , after 6 days of the walls caving in on me, major anxiety, sweating, shaking , fear of dying I went to ER , a Physic Dr told me that I shouldnt off ever stopped them C/T , he then gave me a 12 day taper and perscribed for me to take Respertol, I didnt get that perscribtion at all , I just did a 12 day taper, after 10 days of that taper I was starting to feel alot better , the day after the taper my life was upside down. I called that physic Dr , he refused to help me because I didnt go by his instructions and take that physic drug. I am 19 mths off that drug and I am more sicker now then I was at 1 year off . I feel like my life is over and my life will NEVER be the same again.


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2011-12-28  
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cupcake
 

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i had intense symptoms and when i told her she told me it was in my head. my newborn baby had w/d symptoms, and i'm 21 month out and still sick, on ssi, cry every day, i lost the first years of my sons life and no amount of money will replace that. I was bedridden for a year, very sensitive to anything, my mind feels gone and I am severely traumatized at what has happened to me..my family has turned their backs on me, i was very happy in my life, found the love of my life, i have 4 kids and anxiety led me to a doctor that ruined my life and my family. i would have lost everythign if the ssi didn't go through my husband had to quit his job to take care of me and the babies. my teenage son is a father to my children now. death is welcome respite. life is so unfair why do our children have to suffer? i wanted off the drug because i seen i was getting addicted and now look at me, i shoudl have just stayed on the effing pills. god have mercy on us and please bring us retribution. my 2 year old son still acts funny...and NO doctor will acknowledge what has happened. i consider myself fortunate i didnt' need an attourney to get on SSi. anyhone that is recovered that can encourage me...my faceboook is ariane bloom in ohio...rainbow_in_the_dark_1978@yahoo.com


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2011-12-28  
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smilesalot31
 

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I'd like to write more but I get so upset talking about it. Basically, I took ativan for 11 years for seizures. I built up a tolerance withdrawals and did an 8 month tapering process with the help of a nurse. I am now almost 2 months off and still experiencing acute multiple withdrawal symptoms that are so debilitating that I cannot work. I can barely leave the house. The hardest one is dizziness because that is the one people can see because I can't walk. I haven't been able to walk for 2 months and have been suffering with that and other withdrawal symptoms for up to 2 years now. Everything from electric shocks throughout my body, flu like symptoms, burning skin, restless legs, depression, anxiety, tinnitus, chills, cognitive problems of attention and concentration so that I can't read, muscle cramps, panic attacks, agoraphobia, chest pains, trouble breathing, sound and touch problems, derealization, insomnia, weakness, tremor. And that's not even all of them. It's been pure hell and torture. There must be responsibility and accountability for this.


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2011-12-28  
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smilesalot31
 

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I'd like to write more but I get so upset talking about it. Basically, I took ativan for 11 years for seizures. I built up a tolerance withdrawals and did an 8 month tapering process with the help of a nurse. I am now almost 2 months off and still experiencing acute multiple withdrawal symptoms that are so debilitating that I cannot work. I can barely leave the house. The hardest one is dizziness because that is the one people can see because I can't walk. I haven't been able to walk for 2 months and have been suffering with that and other withdrawal symptoms for up to 2 years now. Everything from electric shocks throughout my body, flu like symptoms, burning skin, restless legs, depression, anxiety, tinnitus, chills, cognitive problems of attention and concentration so that I can't read, muscle cramps, panic attacks, agoraphobia, chest pains, trouble breathing, sound and touch problems, derealization, insomnia, weakness, tremor. And that's not even all of them. It's been pure hell and torture. There must be responsibility and accountability for this.


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2011-11-23  
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23aldir
 

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Prescribed by my GP to help me sleep as I was dealing with the loss of a parent and the end of a relationship I was told to try this. Iwas given a script for klonopin.05mg at bedtime. It worked and I slept. I became addicted and stayed on it. I am a healthy and active man nonsmoker/drinker.weightlifter.I attempted to get my script refilled and it was denied by my doctor . I thought..ok,I want to stop any way. I had no idea what the withdrawal would be like. Pure Hell.almost three weeks. I know have panic attacks.. Never had in my life.anxiety,depression,loss of balance ,cognitive issues. This is hell on earth. If I was informed of the horrible addictive nature,and the horrible withdrawal I would haceNEVER taken this. I am Ada to a 10 yr old girl. I feel victimized and scared for my future


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2011-11-19  
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clemsosn
 

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my girlfriend was given a date to report at 7-30 pm thursday 11-17-11 at about 1pm thursday 11-17-11 she recieved a call from the detox center saying she is being refused treatment. As a result of that she is npw lodged in jail for having a violent domestic reaction by 9pm thursday 11-17-11


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2011-10-27  
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dnlry
 

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The damages I suffered have more to do with my dignity since an arrest is a permanent record and I have never had an arrest until I started using Alprazolam.

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2011-10-24  
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rogersmc17
 

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Memory lapses
Muscle twitches/ spasms
Uncontrollable shaking
Horrendous anxiety
Excruciating muscle pain
Loss of job/ finances
Family suffering
Relationship loss





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2011-09-19  
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johnnyb1
 

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enlarged liver, pancreatic disorder, severe depression, impotent, anxiety, insomnia, agitation, tremors


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2011-09-17  
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Magicjetson
 

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My brain has been damaged from benzo.s. My research tells me xanax should not be used longer than 3 weeks, so I dont understand why I was on them for 14 years. If I did'nt choose to come off them, I would still be on them not knowing why I felt so sick. My Dr got authority script saying "PANIC DISORDER WHEN ALL OTHER TREATMENTS HAVE FAILED". I trusted them, they never offered any other treatment. How dose this work?


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2011-08-25  
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Hollyms
 

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I was prescribed Klonopin for insomnia, and immediately symptoms of tolerance developed. I went to counteless doctors seeking help, but none of them attributed it to the Klonopin. All of my symptoms were relieved by taking doses of Klonopin. I was never warned by my doctor about the side effects of Klonopin, nor the withdrawal that I might experience. In fact, he directly told me not to read the side effects pamphlet for fear that it would scare me.
The symptoms at this time included intensely increased insomnia (I was unable to fall asleep, period.), agonizing neck and jaw pain, obsessive and intrusive thoughts, suicidal thoughts and actions, depression, anxiety, aggression, impaired memory and cognition, etc. I was unable to continue college full-time and am now set to graduate 2 years behind my classmates. I was absolutely unable to hold a job during any of this time. I have now been off Klonopin for 3 months and the withdrawal symptoms I am still experiencing include:
- Muscle pain
- Dizziness/vertigo
- Terrifying obsessive thoughts
- Insomnia
- Memory loss surrounding all my years on Klonopin
- Burning feeling on the skin
- Uncontrollable "zoning out"
- And much more.

I am still unable to hold a job. I am only 24 years old and deserve compensation for my intense suffering. Please contact me.


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2011-07-04  
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vickibacs
 

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I was a normal physically and mentally healthy sucessful woman who had a bump of upset in my life, and went to the Doctor for the first time ever to help me thru that period smoothly, so I would not be upset or sad as my heart healed. ...and that is where my life changed. I have had almost every symptom listed above except the seizures.....and all of them taking turns as they affected my mind and body. I have not slept one real night of sleep since Jan of this year, and my start on this horrible "hell like" process. I can't work, focus, think strait, and even the simpliest things are over whelming at times. I spend days sitting on the couch in fog, and other days my mind races so horribly that I feel "crazy" and can't control the horrible thoughts and actions and anger and hostility I feel to the world and circumstances. I had no idea that this drug was the cause, as I was so blind and unknowing that the tiny pill that the doctor gave me to "help" my sad time, would create such horrible problems in my life, far far greater than the little issue that I was hoping to help. It wasn't until after my arrest, and my now pending jail time, for actions and behaviors that I was not able to control....from thoughts, crazy dreams, mania, hallusinations, inablity to seperate right from wrong, inability to make good normal decisions.....the list is so so long....it was like I was crazy person who could not stop the crazy part of me. All from this pill.....all perscribed by a Doctor who said it would "help me". I had no idea that these drugs were out there, and that so many people have been affected until I was pointed to this issue and was able to see that there was a reason for this behavior. In less than 1/2 a year, my life went from normal to a pit of distruction from Alprazolam. I am facing jail time, I can't not work, and may never work again if convicted and put in jail, I have faded memories of my life over last months, and still have trouble in all aspects due to the horrible withdrawal effects, lack of sleep, and new reality of my situation. The depression, the hopelessness, the wanted to die feelings that took over my life most days, weren't as bad as the hostility, anger, and violent thoughts that controled me the others. I had never experienced such horrible violent thoughts, and dreams, so vivid that they became reality to me. I didn't even know Alprazolam was Xanax.....as it was not on the bottle or sheet....maybe had I been told that, I may have had some clue and been suspect of what was happening to me. Now my life is lawyers, pending jail, the court system, and my finances are gone to fighting this problem, and my life is bleak....and I am so far from being back to normal, as the fog and mental / physical issues are still over whelming. I am in Arizona, and would welcome anyones help/thoughts on my situation.....my email is vbacs@cox.net vbacs at cox dot net


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2011-06-30  
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America's Most Dangerous Pill?

It's not Adderall or Oxy. It's Klonopin. And doctors are doling it out like candy, causing a surge of hellish withdrawals, overdoses and deaths.
You could argue that the deadliest “drug” in the world is the venom from a jellyfish known as the Sea Wasp, whose sting can kill a human being in four minutes—up to 100 humans at a time. Potassium chloride, which is used to trigger cardiac arrest and death in the 38 states of the U.S. that enforce the death penalty is also pretty deadly . But when it comes to prescription drugs that are not only able to kill you but can drag out the final reckoning for years on end, with worsening misery at every step of the way, it is hard to top the benzodiazepines. And no "benzo" has been more lethal to millions of Americans than a popular prescription drug called Klonopin.

Klonopin is the brand name for the pill known as clonazepam, which was originally brought to market in 1975 as a medication for epileptic seizures. Since then, Klonopin, along with the other drugs in this class, has become a prescription of choice for drug abusers from Hollywood to Wall Street. In the process, these Schedule III and IV substances have also earned the dubious distinction of being second only to opioid painkillers like OxyContin as our nation's most widely abused class of drug.

Seventies-era rock star Stevie Nicks is the poster girl for the perils of Klonopin addiction. In almost every interview, the former lead singer of Fleetwood Mac makes a point of mentioning the toll her abuse of the drug has taken on her life. This month, while promoting her new solo album, In Your Dreams, she told Fox that she blamed Klonopin for the fact that she never had children. “The only thing I’d change [in my life] is walking into the office of that psychiatrist who prescribed me Klonopin. That ruined my life for eight years,” she said. “God knows, maybe I would have met someone, maybe I would have had a baby.”

Nicks checked herself into the Betty Ford Clinic in 1986 to overcome a cocaine addiction. After her release, the psychiatrist in question prescribed a series of benzos—first Valium, then Xanax, and finally Klonopin—supposedly to support her sobriety. “[Klonopin] turned me into a zombie,” she told US Weekly in 2001, according to the website Benzo.org, one of many patient-run sites on the Internet offering information about benzodiazepine addiction, withdrawal and recovery. Nicks has described the drug as a “horrible, dangerous drug,” and said that her eventual 45-day hospital detox and rehab from the drug felt like “somebody opened up a door and pushed me into hell.” Others have described Klonopin’s effects as beginning with an energized sense of euphoria but ending up with horrifying sense of anxiety and paralysis, akin to sticking your tongue into an electric outlet, or suddenly feeling that your brain is on fire.

When benzodiazepines first came to market in the 1950s and 1960s, they were prescribed for a range of neurological disorders such as epilepsy as well as anxiety related disorders such as insomnia. But over time, a loophole in federal drug-control laws known as the “practice of medicine exception” has permitted psychiatrists and other physicians to prescribe the drugs for any perceived disorder or symptom imaginable, from panic attacks to weight control problems. Much in the same way, Valium became infamous as "mother's little helper," a sedative used to pacify a generation of bored and frustrated suburban housewives.

Alcoholics and drug addicts are most likely to run into Klonopin during detox, when it is used to prevent seizures and control the symptoms of acute withdrawal. Klonopin takes longer to metabolize and passes through your system more slowly than other benzos, so in theory you don’t need to take it so frequently. But if you like the high it gives you, and keep increasing your dosage, the addictive effects of the drug accumulate quickly and can often be devastating. The drug's label clearly specifies that it is "recommended" only for short-term use—say, seven to 10 days—but once exposed to the pill's seductive side-effects, many patients come back for more. And not surprisingly, many doctors are happy to refill prescriptions to meet this consumer demand. In the process, countless numbers of people swap one addiction for another, often worse than the initial addiction they were trying to treat. Although benzodiazepines are rarely reported to be the cause of single-drug overdoses, they show up with great frequency in deaths from so-called combined drug intoxication, or CDI. In recent years there have been thousands of deaths caused by this lethal combination. The drug has also help hasten the death of a wide list of otherwise healthy celebrities.
In 1996, Actress Margaux Hemingway committed suicide by overdosing on a barbiturate-benzodiazepine cocktail. Weeks later, Hollywood movie producer Don Simpson (Beverly Hills Cop) also died from an unintentional benzo-based overdose. Klonopin was one of 11 different prescription drugs—all written by the same doctor—found in the body of Playboy centerfold model Anna Nicole Smith, who OD’d in 2007. Thereafter, the well-known Los Angeles author, David Foster Wallace, who was suffering from a profound depression when a doctor prescribed him Klonopin, went into his backyard on a September evening and hanged himself with a leather belt he had nailed to an overhead beam on his patio. Klonopin has been striking down more than just troubled celebrities, however. In 2008, reports began to surface of soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder who were dying in their sleep, the victims of a psych-med cocktail of Klonopin, Paxil (an antidepressant), and Seroquel, an antipsychotic that is routinely prescribed by VA hospitals.

Hospital emergency room visits for benzodiazepine abuse now dwarf those for illegal street drugs by a more than a three-to-one margin. This trend has been increasing for at least the last five years. In 2006, the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published data showing that prescription drugs that year were the number two reason for ER admissions to hospitals for drug abuse, slightly behind illicit substances like heroin and cocaine. But a survey released by the agency earlier this year claims that benzos, opioids and other prescriptions meds are now responsible for the majority of drug-related hospital visits.

Scientists can't say for sure what Klonopin does when ingested, except that it dramatically affects the functioning of the brain. This much we know: If your brain is on fire with electrical signals—like, say, you’re having an epileptic seizure—a dose of clonazepam will help put out the flames. It does so by lowering the electrical activity of the brain, specifically which electrical activities it suppresses is something that no one really seems to know for sure. And therein lies the reason why clonazepam, like nearly the entire class of benzos, causes such unpredictable reactions in people. Put simply, the brain is just too complex a structure for its owners to understand—and when you start monkeying around with the way it functions, it’s anybody’s guess what is going to happen next.

Here's how the respected neurosurgeon Frank Vertosick, Jr., describes the brain in his book When The Air Hits Your Brain: Parables of Neurosurgery: “The human brain: a trillion nerve cells storing electrical patterns more numerous than the water molecules of the world’s oceans.” So, if clonazepam is given to a patient with a history of epileptic seizures, it is likely to bring the symptoms under control. But give the same drug to a person suffering from a completely different problem (an eating or sleeping disorder, for example), and it might actually cause an epileptic seizure.

Clonazepam has wreaked such havoc on people partly because it is so highly addictive; anyone who takes it for more than a few weeks may well develop a dependence on it. As a result, you can be prescribed Klonopin as a short-term treatment for, say, insomnia, and wind up so hooked on it that you’ll begin frantically “doctor shopping” for new prescriptions if the first physician who gave it for you refuses to renew the prescription. As with all benzos, use of Klonopin for more than a month can lead to a dangerous condition known as “benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome,” featuring elevation of a user’s heart rate and blood pressure along with insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations, anxiety, panic, weight loss, muscular spasms or cramps, and seizures.
Along with Klonopin, here are the three other benzos that, by general agreement, have made it into the top ranks of the world’s worst and most widely abused drugs: temazepam, alprazolam, and lorazepam.

Temazepam: Sold in the U.S. under the brand name Restoril, this benzo was developed and approved in the 1960s as a short-term treatment for insomnia. It is basically what is commonly called a “knockout drop.” Taken even in relatively modest dosages, temazepam can produce a powerfully hypnotic effect that numbs users and makes them extremely compliant and susceptible to control. But thanks to the “practice of medicine exception” physicians can prescribe it for anything they want.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union reportedly used temazepam extensively to keep political dissidents in a drugged-out state in government-run psychiatric hospitals. Both the CIA and the KGB are also said to have also used the sleeping pill in prisoner interrogations and in research into mind-control, brainwashing and social engineering.

Temazepam is sometimes referred to as a “date rape” drug, and it figures frequently in drug-related crimes of violence. In the drug world underground, where it is often sold as an alternative to heroin and crack cocaine, it goes by such street names as “tams,” “Vitamin T,” “terminators,” “big T,” “mind eraser” and “Mommy’s Big Helper.” Common side-effects include confusion, clumsiness, chronic drowsiness, impaired learning, memory and motor functions, as well as extreme euphoria, dizziness and amnesia.

Alprazolam: Brand name Xanax, this benzo now accounts for as many as 60% of all hospital admissions for drug addiction, according to some research. What’s more, violent and psychotic responses to Xanax are not limited to humans. In May 2009, a 200-lb chimpanzee being kept as a house pet by a Stamford, Conn., woman went on a rampage after being dosed with Xanax, escaping into the neighborhood and ripping off the face of a friend of its owner.

Lorazepam: Brand name Ativan, this drug has figured in an array of well-publicized homicides and suicides by those using it. Ativan surfaced in the 2000 divorce case between Washington, D.C., socialite Patricia Duff and her husband, Wall Street billionaire Ronald Perelman. In deposition testimony, Perelman acknowledged taking Ativan as an anti-anxiety drug during his separation from Duff and the commencement of divorce proceedings. The period was marked by numerous outbursts by Perelman and at least two physical assaults on Duff. In 2008, news reports revealed that Ativan was being used by the U.S. Customs Service to keep suspected terrorists sedated while deporting them to detention facilities abroad.

You can buy any of these "feel-good" drugs without a doctor's signature by simply typing the name into any Internet search engine. Instantly, you’ll be presented with dozens of websites, both foreign and domestic, where you can make your purchase, no prescription required. (Most of the websites accept all major credit cards.)

Why has all this happened? In large measure you can thank the 47,000 members of the American psychiatric profession for this dreadful state of affairs. Neither the pharmaceutical industry nor the psychiatric profession would be anywhere near as lucrative as they are today without their mutual support system. Together they have created a marketing juggernaut that over the last 20 years has spawned a seemingly nonstop gusher of profits that is only now beginning to slow—and probably only temporarily.

The scholarly journals of the psychiatric profession were filled with early warnings, beginning almost 50 years ago, from those who could see where the encroaching influence of the drug companies was destined to lead the profession. Now, even the medical journals themselves have been corrupted by the hidden hand of Big Pharma. In 2008, the New York Times reported that a survey of the six top medical journals showed that on average almost 8% of the bylined articles published in their pages were ghostwritten by freelance writers, then published under the names of cooperating doctors and researchers to give the pro-drug messages contained in the articles the appearance of impartiality. The scheme is bankrolled, of course, by the company that makes the drug.

Consider Dr. Joseph Biederman, the world-renowned Harvard University psychiatrist and father of modern psychopharmacology for children, who, it now turns out, has been taking secret “consulting fees” from drug companies for years. Biederman is widely credited with legitimizing the concept of “bipolar disorder” as a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be corrected with psychiatric drugs. But documents uncovered by Senate investigators probing ties between the psychiatric profession and the drug industry, which have resulted in an explosion in medically approved uses for psychiatric drugs for children, show that Biederman received more than $1.6 million in undisclosed payments since 2000 from the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the drugs he was encouraging parents to give to their children if they appeared to be “bipolar.”

No surveys that I am aware of have ever been conducted regarding the public’s impression of what psychiatrists actually do. But from pop culture media characters such as the fictional female psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi in the HBO series The Sopranos, the general belief seems to be that psychiatrists are learned and humane professionals who counsel their patients through hour-long “talk therapy” sessions in their offices once a week, and more frequently than that if necessary to help them resolve their conflicts.

In fact, many do nothing of the sort. It may be only a patient’s first session with a psychiatrist that lasts any meaningful amount of time. In this initial consultation the psychiatrist relies on the DSM manual as the diagnostic tool to decide precisely what the patient suffers from. Once that is established, the psychiatrist can begin prescribing psych meds as therapy, free of fear about the danger of a medical malpractice suit lurking down the road.

The follow-up sessions (weekly, monthly, etc.) that come after the initial consultations—that is, the sessions that are portrayed on The Sopranos as the occasions when Mafia killer Tony Soprano sits down in Dr. Melfi’s darkened office and pours out his guts about his troubled childhood—usually last as little as 15 minutes. During these so-called “med checks,” a psychiatrist typically charges $100 or more for asking the patient little more than how he or she is responding to the prescribed medication—a question that can usually be answered by a quick glance at the patient’s demeanor.

At the end of such a med-check, the psychiatrist may decide to renew the patient’s current prescription, substitute or add a new one—or even offer the patient a free sample of some new psych-med, courtesy of a sales rep from a pharmaceutical company. At four med-checks per hour, a psychiatrist with enough patients to fill up his workdays can easily make $120,000 annually from his med-check practice alone and still take a month-long summer vacation.

It's obvious that this system incentivizes doctors financially to keep prescribing drugs in order to keep patients returning for med-checks. But Big Pharma offers a whole host of additional income opportunities. Last year, ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize–winning public-interest investigative website, did an extensive report on the financial compensation drug companies shower on physicians. Well-titled “Dollars for Docs,” this series included a database of more than 17,000 doctors who accepted “speaker fees” and other money from eight drug companies in 2009 and 2010 totaling $320 million.

That accounting is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as most pharmaceutical companies have refused to disclose their physician payments. Not surprisingly, most doctors interviewed by ProPublica denied that their medical decisions and prescribing habits were influenced by drug company payments. The new healthcare reform bill calls for greater transparency, requiring all drug-makers to disclose all fees paid to all doctors by 2014. Until then, you can type your doctor’s name into the database to find out if he or she is on the pharma take, and for how much.


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2011-06-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
klonapinprison
 

Case Details:
I have been on 2mg a day for 4 years , Do to sever panic attacks caused by a bad divorce in 2007, I have tried to quit 4 times , to the point I ended up in the ER, When I stop taking them within 48 hours I have what feels like Anaphylaxis Shock, as well as panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, shakes, tremores, muscle cramps, muscle's drawing up an I DO Not Sleep, I have gone as far as to take 4 tylenol pm's ,4 benedryls an still can not sleep. When I tell Doctors they say it is not possible , I'm imagineing all my symptoms.
I'm addicted, at no time did any doctor tell me It took 10 consecutive days of use to become physically addicted. I made the mistake one time of telling a doctor I wanted off, he cut my prescription to 1 mg a day for 30 days , but then he cut it to .5 mg the next month an I went into shock, I never asked for this, I do not feel the effects but I have to take them to function mentally an physically. An No Doctor ever told me that this was an anti siezure med , so if it stops siezures it can start siezure's, but this is a Schedule 4 drug (non- addictive).
So for now I take a med my body requires, just so I can function daily even though I feel nothing from it, I live in a prison of Klonapin.


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2011-06-30  
Class Action Investigation Member:
klonapinprison
 

Case Details:
I have been on 2mg a day for 4 years , Do to sever panic attacks caused by a bad divorce in 2007, I have tried to quit 4 times , to the point I ended up in the ER, When I stop taking them within 48 hours I have what feels like Anaphylaxis Shock, as well as panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, shakes, tremores, muscle cramps, muscle's drawing up an I DO Not Sleep, I have gone as far as to take 4 tylenol pm's ,4 benedryls an still can not sleep. When I tell Doctors they say it is not possible , I'm imagineing all my symptoms.
I'm addicted, at no time did any doctor tell me It took 10 consecutive days of use to become physically addicted. I made the mistake one time of telling a doctor I wanted off, he cut my prescription to 1 mg a day for 30 days , but then he cut it to .5 mg the next month an I went into shock, I never asked for this, I do not feel the effects but I have to take them to function mentally an physically. An No Doctor ever told me that this was an anti siezure med , so if it stops siezures it can start siezure's, but this is a Schedule 4 drug (non- addictive).
So for now I take a med my body requires, just so I can function daily even though I feel nothing from it, I live in a prison of Klonapin.


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2011-06-20  
Class Action Investigation Member:
darrow13
 

Case Details:
I am a lawyer, damage to career, familty relationships, financial damages, damage to nervous system.


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2011-05-24  
Class Action Investigation Member:
losteverything
 

Case Details:
xanax - loss of jobs, home, health, memory, poor judgement. Cost over 2million in losses plus depression, anxiety, anger outburst. So much more. xanax destroyed all aspects of my life.


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2011-05-12  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Syl32828
 

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I have been going through the most horrible withdrawal, still 2 years after getting off this drug which was a nightmare. I still suffer from anxiety, depression, mood swings, constant body pains and head pains, dizziness, body vibrations, heart pulpitations etc. I was on the drug for 20. Years because I couldn't get off of it despite trying.


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2011-05-05  
Class Action Investigation Member:
LLW1337
 

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Blackouts .
When I dont take them; compleate loss of balance.
Slurred speech.
Uncontrollable muscle twitches.
Dizziness to the point of unable to walk.
Ac cute symptoms of stroke and or heart attack.
Unable to function in a normal manner.
Been prescribed them for last 15 years and have not yet found any resource to safely detox from this horrible drug.


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2011-05-02  
Class Action Investigation Member:
tj1817
 

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10 years of this crap. I wasn't able to engage in a lot of the things that I love and ruined a lot of relationships and opportunities. Still experiencing withdrawal effects 5 months after I completely went off. The most frustrating thing is how I was led to believe that I had a chemical imbalance back when I was a kid, when it was really learned behavior from horrible parenting. I could say I have a chemical imbalance now though, due to the use of benzos.


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2011-04-18  
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robert09281969
 

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i was on klonopin 2 weeks i became very hostile kicked my wife and children out of our house mentally abused my wife and children we have lost money due to this i started to go into respiratory depression and it has traumatized my whole family the doc prescribed this to me even though i have severe heart diease


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2011-04-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
obrienkl
 

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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition of dysautonomia, and more specifically, orthostatic intolerance, in which a change from the supine position to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia. This is often, but not always, accompanied by a fall in blood pressure. Several studies show a decrease in cerebral blood flow with systolic and diastolic cerebral blood flow (CBF) velocity decreased 44 and 60%, respectively. Patients with POTS have problems maintaining homeostasis when changing position, i.e. moving from one chair to another or reaching above their heads. Many patients also experience symptoms when stationary or even while lying down. Symptoms present in various degrees of severity depending on the patient. POTS is a serious medical condition that can be severely disabling and debilitating. Some patients are unable to attend school or work, and especially severe cases can completely incapacitate the patient.

My Story begins January 2010 –

Prior to Jan. 18th, 2010, I was a very healthy, athletic girl. I was vibrant, social, successful and driven. I worked for Abbott Laboratories for 15 years, winning All Star Repeatedly which took me all around the world – Paris, Bermuda, Hawaii, etc. I have an excellent track record at Abbott, which I am proud of. I loved living in the city of Chicago – my neighborhood of Wicker Park is filled w/ fun, musicians, farmers markets, days spent w/ friends, neighbors, festivals, etc. I was so happy.

Jan. 8th, I was given a flu vaccine and felt so dizzy afterwards that I contacted my physician who reassured me I was fine. I didn’t feel fine. I had the flu but after the vaccine, I felt even worse. I felt dizzy and oddly fatigued.

Jan. 18th, I was playing w/ my dog Marley in my condo, my legs buckled on my bathroom stair and I fell, hitting my chin on the bathroom floor. I was very disoriented and felt very sick to my stomach afterwards. The following day I went to the ER because this feeling remained. I was diagnosed with having Post Concussion Syndrome on Jan. 19th, 2011. Article included on the condition.


Jan. 22nd I was walking my dog outside and suddenly felt the blood rushing to my feet and began to stumble. I was calm and had enough sense to hook my dog to my coat so he would not run – I knew I was losing consciousness. People that found me said I was pale as a napkin, alert but listless, shallow breathing - the woman who worked at a local store – Just Indulge – said she was sure I had a stroke. An ambulance was called and after a Tilt Table Test of which my heart stopped, I was then diagnosed with Asystolic Convulsive Syncope, Orthostatic Intolerance/Neurally Mediated Hypotension – all three conditions. The more symptomatic I became, in the hospital, the doctors decided to put me on anxiety medication. My heart had stopped during that test & when I awoke, I was very scared. I was given Ativan through an IV. I was on Midodrine & 3mg of Ativan when I left St. Mary’s.

In the weeks that followed, I was sent home to rest for what would take months of healing. I began having symptoms of shortness of breath and numbness of my limbs & I went to the ER several times. They would only take my blood pressure lying down so my vitals were always fine. It is when I stand that I become symptomatic. I was kept on 3mg of Ativan & reviewed by psychiatry at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital. They decided & documented rather quickly that I did have a physical health condition that needed to be addressed outside of their hospital as well as a considerable amount of anxiety.

This was documented and I sent the paperwork in again to my disability carrier. In respect to the anxiety, I was sent to a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrist then placed me on 6mg of Klonopin. He did what he felt was best and has proved to be very supportive however, what happened next became a living nightmare. My health then derailed and I became so ill that I was unable to walk to the bathroom without assistance. I could not shower. My health condition took a backseat as I lye in bed day after day so ill. My company – at this point – did not accept my physical health condition as a reason for disability and asked if I was seeing any other doctors – I sent in the paperwork from the psychiatrist and disability was granted. I was suddenly slurring my speech, I could not focus, and I was bumping into walls. This was NOT happening prior to Klonopin.
I went to a second psychiatrist who confirmed that I was having a toxic reaction to, not only Klonopin but also benzo’s. I was beginning to have severe head pain during the taper off of Klonopin – head pain that exceeded anything a migraine could cause. I was placed on Ambien because I couldn’t sleep and became even more disoriented. I was then told to add Benadryl to the cocktail of medications.

This continued for 6 months- I was not functioning properly. During this time, my physical health condition took a backseat outside of another hospital stay at RUSH Hospital of which I was diagnosed yet again with severe Orthostatic Intolerance, the weekend of July 4th, 2010. I asked Dr. Lewis to PLEASE take my blood pressure standing up and when he did, my blood pressure plummeted so low that he hospitalized me right then and there.

I then submitted RUSH hospital’s medical records to my disability carrier confirming yet again that I had a very serious physical health condition. I thought for certain at this time that my disability carrier would see this was a physical health condition as well as anxiety. They did not. By now, I was so mentally & physically exhausted that I was having a hard time comprehending what had happened. I was in another hospital bed and knew by now that the Klonopin should have never been given to me at that high a dose and I had to get off as fast as I could. I also knew the horror stories of Klonopin were true – I was living through it.

As I continued tapering off of the Klonopin, my head pain exploded into such severe pain that I felt as if my brain was swelling. The pain was intolerable and one of my physicians suspected that I was suffering from Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome. Klonopin also has a side effect of lowering blood pressure of which mine was already low. Finally,
Klonopin should not be used any longer than a couple of weeks intermittently which is documented over and over again.
According to Walgreens Pharmacy and the psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, 1mg Klonopin is equivalent to 20mg Diazepam (generic name for Valium)– that is 20mg of Valium. I was started on 6mg of Klonopin, the equivalent of 120mg of Valium.

The dose I was started off on was so high – 6mg – that my physicians said for my height/weight, that it could have “sedated a horse”. My psychiatrist of whom we both agreed would be easier to taper off of then switched me to Xanax. My body began to deteriorate more. During this time, I was getting tired of having to prove to my disability carrier that yes, I was anxious but that this was a physical health

condition first and foremost. I never gave up – even when I couldn’t walk – and I never will.

As my Cardiologist stated, this was a health condition from the start and now the anxiety over what has happened, has taken center stage.

August 1st, I flew with my father to Mesa, AZ. I went to a naturopathic clinic called River Source. My intention was to get off of the anxiety medication and rest. I was discouraged from going because the facility is also considered a drug addiction facility. I did not care – I wanted off the anxiety drugs and needed medical help doing it.

I arrived in Mesa, AZ. At this point, I had to use a wheel chair. I was unable to stand in the airport - I had to lye across chairs. My father was terrified at what had happened to me. Despite being in a wheel chair through the airport, needing assistance during the flight and being very scared, I began to get mental clarity somehow.

The River Source placed me back on the Klonopin b/c they stated it was easier to taper someone off of Klonopin then Xanax. My head pain was so bad, I lye on the bed praying for God to save me. I could not handle the level of pain. The next 30 days were spent attending drug addiction meetings – of which I had no drug addiction. Drug addiction means that your body and mind are craving more. I wanted OFF and I was determined to get off.

Two days after leaving River Source, Sept. 2nd, I blacked out at my friends home. My plan was to stay a week with friends resting and fly back to Chicago. This plan didn’t happen. I was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital by ambulance. Morphine did not phase my head pain, which had now expanded into my teeth and jaw. The pain was so bad that I became frantic. I stayed at the hospital for two days and went back to my friends to rest. I then began receiving care from a Naturopathic physician who gave me trigger point injections in my shoulders, neck and skull to ease the pain. I was put on a supplement regime as well.

This was coupled w/ Chiropractic care.
The Chiropractor took the time to review all of my records and agreed that I had a serious health condition – he documented his findings and sent it to my disability carrier. I have severe structural damage happening as well. He also agreed I was suffering from Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome from Klonopin of which he documented.

The Naturopathic doctor agreed to me going to Mayo Clinic for both the head pain and to determine if I what I had was a syncope event or a seizure.

Mayo Clinic did a battery of tests from Sept.-Oct. 2010 of which I was hospitalized. I stayed in the seizure unit and I was seen by Neurology, Cardiology and the Head Pain Specialists. I was given an MRI/MRA/MRV all under anesthesia b/c I am claustrophobic. Yes, I was depressed and anxious – I has spent the last 9 months of my life in hospitals for a health condition that wasn’t even seen as a disability. I was placed on such a high dose of an anxiety medication that I believe I am still suffering from.


Mayo Clinic diagnosed me with Dysautonomia - POTS Syndrome and Orthostatic Intolerance as well as an Irretractable Migraine- the head pain that started with Klonopin never ever goes away. It is like living in hell. They also said I had anxiety and depression which was documented - both which – I believe – would be quite normal by anyone having gone through what I went through. Nonetheless, this isn’t to be disputed – I am anxious.

Since October 2010, I am trying to handle the aftermath of this trauma, the financial devastation, cultivate a new treatment regimen that does not involve medication and gathering even more medical documentation to prove my case. I am free from Klonopin and although my body has been through so much trauma, my mind
is in tact. I have PTSD as a result of what has taken place. I am a survivor as far as I am concerned and I am free from the medication that almost took my mind.

I can think clearly, speak clearly and focus. I am ME in a body and brain that is severely damaged. This means however, I am mentally capable of Round 2 of the fight for my healing, my life, my rights.

November 2010, I was given a heavy metal toxicity test by my Integrative doctor, Dr. Carlos Reynes. The test stated that I have severely high toxic levels of both mercury and arsenic in my system. RUSH Hospital confirmed that I need to see a toxicologist. RUSH also confirmed that I have a physical health condition and they are onboard that this condition prohibits me from doing any job . When I enter Dr. Reynes’s office, I am always given a patient room to lye down while I wait b/c my body is too weak to stand or sit in the waiting room. He is putting


together a chelating protocol for me but it is delayed due to the fact of how weak my body is.

December-March 2011 have been spent trying to get my physicians to work together, getting my doctors to send in paperwork for social security, extended disability and again, organizing help/aid. This time is also spent praying, seeing my Chiropractor and trying to get through each day.

If someone stops to think of what I have been through, you wouldn’t think I would be faxing paperwork from hospital beds in between vomiting from total weakness, making phone calls all day long to doctors requesting records…in a speedy fashion b/c there are disability deadlines, scheduling appointments, arranging rides to doctors, paying bills, taking care of my loyal dog and fighting for social security of which I now won– all the while showering and walking take so much energy that I pray through both. The level of exhaustion is incomprehensible and this is on top of horrible symptoms of Orthostatic Intolerance. Orthostatic Intolerance/POTS Syndrome is mistaken for panic disorder and misdiagnosed repeatedly. There are a number or clinical articles/studies that document this of which are included.

I won Social Security Disability this past month, in less than 3 months for both a physical health condition as well as anxiety. Now I have to convince my extended disability carrier that I have a health condition that does not allow me to work at any occupation. This means, no time for rest. I do this all from my bed daily with the aid of caretakers and prayer. I have more medical records proving I am physically disabled than – as Dr. J. Drakowsky said at Mayo Clinic – “anyone at your age I have ever seen”. I cannot believe that I have to continue to prove this but I will and if it is not recognized in Jan. 2012 when they review my case, I will


appeal it, until it is. I will do whatever it takes b/c I am worth it – my life is worth it – and I have been through enough. I have lost
enough. I have lost one year of my life and I am losing this year as well.

My symptoms are pretty severe now and they make my life rather difficult on a daily basis. When I move, whether lying to sitting or sitting to standing, bending over to reaching above my head - and sometimes movements so slight as turning my head or moving my arms - my blood pressure drops, my heart rate goes way up and I become dizzy, things get black, and sometimes I pass out (which is inevitable if I don't immediately sit back down). I can't stand for long periods of time to talk to someone or in line at the grocery store, and more and more I am having a hard time standing still –
at all. I am best walking or lying down. People do not realize that you do not have to pass out at all with my health condition – when you are sitting and talking to someone, the blood is never being distributed properly. Oxygen and blood flow is not getting to your brain so you feel very ill, weak, dizzy and in a haze. This, in turn, makes me very anxious. I am always tired, fatigued, have no energy, and this is caused by my heart doing overtime all of the time. I have likened it to 'running a marathon 24 hours a day, while
not actually doing any physical activity.' The head pain is my most debilitating symptom.

So…..
I now have the support of every single doctor I have seen since Jan. 22nd, 2010 – now they are beginning to step up and state they are willing to write letters of support and do whatever it takes for this potential appeal.

I feel the community is standing behind me as more and more find out about my story. I have caught the attention of a well-known Chicago Newscaster who is considering airing my story once it further unfolds. My friends are gathering paperwork and my story is going out to newscasters, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah – anyone that will listen. The Chicago Newscaster has agreed to help.

So, to close…..

Put together POTS Syndrome and Orthostatic Intolerance and you have me - a young, healthy-looking woman on the outside, who is really ill, battling 2 physical syndromes that leave me in a lot of pain and thoroughly exhausted….and incapable of working. My head pain is so bad daily that I often curl up in a ball praying it will go away and it never does. I have spent over $80,000.00 – all of my savings trying to get well.

Interestingly enough, someone said to me ‘How will you ever go back to work, you haven’t worked in so long’? The irony there is that I have worked harder this past year, than I ever have. I have worked and continue to and it is a full time job. I do it while staring at 4 bedroom walls most of every single day. It’s very isolating and not a life. I have to do all of this lying down.

I need my extended disability carrier to see that if I were capable of working, I would go back to work tomorrow. I would jump back into life so eagerly. I plan to one day. I am willing to try every single means to get well.

I am not giving up on getting better and I am going to keep putting my story out there – regardless of what people think – in order to save someone from what I went through and continue to go through.


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2011-04-17  
Class Action Investigation Member:
obrienkl
 

Case Details:
I was placed on 6mg of Klonopin - as a starting dose - after I was diagnosed with Neurally Mediated Hypotension. I was experiencing anxiety after my hospital stay and placed on 3mg of Ativan. It was recommended that I see a psychiatrist for the anxiety. I did & when he started me on 6mg of Klonopin of which derailed my health. I began slurring my speech, I couldn't walk properly. August 8th was my last dose of which I went to a naturopathic clinic to get off of the medication. What remains is numbness down the right side of my body, 24 hour a day vertigo and a cluster headache which never goes away. The head pain sent me to Mayo Clinic & they believe it is a drug inducted Intractable Migraine.


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2011-04-15  
Class Action Investigation Member:
nstrauss34
 

Case Details:
I want to stop taking clonazepam but the withdrawals are just too difficult to cope with while trying to keep a job. Whenever I stop taking it, i get sides such as anxiety, muscle twitches, and horrible insomnia - worse than before. Pretty much a text book benzo withdrawal. I specifically questioned my doctor on whether or not I could use this medication long term and he said long term usage is no problem. I really want help, I can't do this much longer


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2011-04-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
eric77
 

Case Details:
I took Xanax for 4 years + and quitting was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I went through multiple life seizures during many attempts to quit, finally i have now tapered off of them. A month has passed and i still do not feel normal at all.


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2011-03-24  
Class Action Investigation Member:
bebe1217
 

Case Details:
Husband was in the hospital, they were going to put a pick line in him, gave him Ativan, nurses told us he had an adverse reaction to the drug but would be fine in a couple of hours when it wore off. He was dead within a few hours. I have the paperwork from hospital stating he had adverse reaction.


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2011-03-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kkrsul
 

Case Details:
I am writing this on behalf of my mother, who is deceased. We just recently found out that a psychiatrist that she was seeing had her on xanax for 15 years. she is a recovering alcoholic and prescription drug abuser so when we found out, we directed her to dual diagnosis treatment center. This center had her detox by stopping the xanax all together and take librium-one every twelve hours for withdrawal symptoms-she killed herself one day later.


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2011-03-19  
Class Action Investigation Member:
texas32
 

Case Details:
I was put on benzos about 5 years ago. i decided i wanted to come off about 10 months ago and it has been a night mare. My mental and physical sx's are on going and never ending. Right now the back and neck pain are the worst sx. Before I walked around in complete fog for 6 months! I lost my house because there was no way I could go back to work in this condition. I never had any problems like this until I tried to stop taking this drug!! The bills keep coming and my life is simply passing me by as I am in too much pain to do much of anything!! I am on this site benzowithdrawal.com with thousands of people suffering like me. And this is just one site of people suffering. People are losing there jobs, homes, families and life's to this drug! my email is Kittty1972@hotmail.com that is with 3 ts


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2011-03-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
rheinman1
 

Case Details:
I was first prescribed xanax in the early 90's. My doc. upped my dose without explaining that I was actually becoming tolerant and should have been weened off. Over time I became physically and psychologically addicted. After many years, doctors, psychitrists, drugs, and mis-diagnoses, I found the internet and Heather Ashton. I came off the drug. I suffered horribly. 5 months into withdrawal my doctor took me off 20mg of Zyprexa and 2mg. Stelazine and I almost died. The psychological withdrawal was inhuman to say the least. Soon after followed the physical withdrawal which was just as bad. I had suffered about 17 months. I had every symptom on the benzo.org.uk site. After all these months and surviving the psychological withdrawal I decided I could take no more. I tried a clonazepam. I woke in jail 8 days later with a cop on top of me telling me to stay still I had just had a seizure. I don't even know what happened during those days. Later to find out that I had broked several laws and am in serious trouble. I don't know what to do. I read about paradoxical reactions upon reinstatement of a benzo. but this is rediculous. If anyone can help or offer advice I would certainly appreciate it. Thank you Brian for this site.


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2011-01-27  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Ecko2006
 

Case Details:
I have weaned myself off of my pain med,( I was injured at work). I am terrified to start weaning off the xanax. my sister used to take it and was never told not to just stop taking it. she did and developed grand mall seizers. If I had known she was taking xanax I never would have put this poison in my body. I have been told that weaning off xanax is a very serious life threatening condition. as of yet I am to affraid to begin weaning off hearing and reading about all I might go through.................


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2011-01-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sabney123
 

Case Details:
Most recently I had a seizure and sustained serious mental and phsycial injury... (I WAS RUN OVER BY A TRACTOR)


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2011-01-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sabney123
 

Case Details:
Most recently I had a seizure and sustained serious mental and phsycial injury... (I WAS RUN OVER BY A TRACTOR)


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2011-01-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
sabney123
 

Case Details:
Most recently I had a seizure and sustained serious mental and phsycial injury... (I WAS RUN OVER BY A TRACTOR)


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2010-12-12  
Class Action Investigation Member:
trouss
 
2010-11-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
lk0987
 

Case Details:
I have suffered damages of about $10,000 so far because I had to pay for a detox clinic and an emergency room bill that had nothing to do with anxiety or depression. I never had to take anything for anxiety in my entire life. I was put on a Benzodiazepine for eight months and felt fine. As soon as I came off of it, I had serious withdrawal symptoms such as: sore muscles, sensitivity to light, slowness in my breathing, difficulty breathing at times, heaches that are migraine and severe, dizziness, squeezing feeling in my head, throbbing feeling in my head as well. These are just some of my symptoms. The drug gives no warning as to withdrawal. I found out that I was in withdrawal from going to my new psychicatrists website. He is treating me for Benzodiazepine withdrawal. It is a six week detox program from prescription drugs. I was on a 1 mg. tablet for only eight months. I took it twice daily. When I wanted to come off of it, all of the serious side effects began developing. It is literally hell to go through. I hope that a lawyer steps up to file a class action lawsuit for all of us.


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2010-11-14  
Class Action Investigation Member:
cduarte
 

Case Details:
loss of job, loss of ability to pursue a career, diminished health, diminished cognitive ability. loss of future income, shortened life expectancy.


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2010-11-08  
Class Action Investigation Member:
burnedbybenzos
 

Case Details:
I was a 20 plus year consumer of benzodiazepines. I was first prescribed xanax in 1986 and psychiatrist told me it was not as addictive as the other benzos. The psychiatrist left on vacation one weekend without leaving instructions for my refills, and I had the first of many seizures due to withdrawal and I dislocated my jaw. This experience meade me afraid to do without the benzos and I became addicted to them. I have been institutionalized in the state mental hospital at rusk in 2004 for 4 months, got on disability in 2006, and recently did a three year stint in the state penal system- I feel that all of this was a result of being addicted to benzos and afraid that I would never get off of them. There is so much time invcolved in this that it is hard to explain in a short synopsis.


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2010-11-08  
Class Action Investigation Member:
burnedbybenzos
 
2010-10-20  
Class Action Investigation Member:
chrisw1979
 

Case Details:
In 2003 I was put on xanax after going to my Dr for help after an anxiety reaction to stimulants. It was never explained how addictive benzos were or that I had to taper to get off. The side effects I experienced were discounted as the original anxiety. I suffered mentally and physically for 7.5 years on 4 mgs of klonopin. I had no passion, no emotion, and motivation, no regard to my own life. During this time I was in what I now know to be tolerance w/d side effects. Klonopin completely altered my behavior ande made me very angry, depressed, anxious,. I also lost a lot of my memory, concentration, and cognitive ability. I am 9months into w/d right now and still am suffering from many physical and mental side effects. I am on disability through my job. Over the years I explained to between 8-10 Dr's and therapists some of the w/d symptoms I was experiencing and none of them questioned the benzodiazepine even when I kept asking if it was the drug. I was immediatley discounted since I had explained I had tried drugs during my teen and early twenties. I have been gradually get worse over the years on benzodiazepines only to detoxed at a facility in NJ where they took me off benzos cold turkey . That is when things got much much worse. I have been in terror and pain for many months. I still have between 20 to 30 physical and mental w/d side effects.


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2010-10-18  
Class Action Investigation Member:
paminaz
 

Case Details:
they cold turkey withdrew me from 7mg of xanax with phenobarbital . never did i know that it causes permanent brain damage. i'm on day 16 off the xanax and my anxiety is at the roof, i feel my skin burning, my heart burning, and just can't take it. sleep is terrible. i have to force myself to do anything. i lost 15 pounds so far andhad to buy ensure. this is the worst thing that ever happened to me. i think the pharmaceutical companies should be sued for pain and awfulness this drug causes to people. i have to move in with my sister with my daughter cuz i don't have the will to care for her by myself. she is 14.


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2010-10-12  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Meljo
 

Case Details:
Never had anxiety or panic attacks until being put on the xanax. Heart palpitations, tachycardia, dizziness, anxiety, tire easily, HBP, blurred vision off and on, sesitivity to light and sound....and a hysterectomy because the physicians could not figure out why I was so ill !! I have suffered 6 years now and have been off of work now 5 years ! My life has been robbed and my CNS is a mess.


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2010-09-08  
Class Action Investigation Member:
rapidpond
 

Case Details:
I have been taking these pills for 8 years and i have been trying to quit fro 3 years and im so addicted i cannot quit. i suffer from withdrawals everyday and i experience severe dizziness, memory loss, hallucinations, full body pain, sickness and many other things. these pills ruined my life and i havent been able to leave my house much in years. i cant even go grocery shopping because of the bright lights in the stores. i am 24 years old and things have gotten so bad i now have to use a cane to keep balance and i feel like im going to faint all the time. something needs to be done about this. i have never had any of these problems before i took these pills. i started taking these pills for simple panic attacks and now it feels i have full blown psychosis at times do to the pills. i have seen many doctors and tried many things and nothing helps. i cannot stop taking these pills and i fear i will end up in a rehab to get off them and i cannot afford that.


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2010-08-22  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ocharloc
 

Case Details:

I took Xanax for a short period of time and now I am dealing with Artial Fibrilation and High Blood Pressure. These symptoms did not manifest until I had been taking this medication and now they will not go away. I was hospitalized recently for the rapid heart beat and now I am taking blood pressure medicine and blood thinners. I am convinced the Xanax has done this to me and also that my mother had the same experience with taking Xanax in the 80's which led to her having to get a pacemaker, open heart surgery and a stroke which eventually led to her death. I stopped taking this medication as soon as I realized it was causing my symptoms, thinking they would go away if I stopped. I am seeing that this is not happening and may never. This has been going on for 4 weeks now.


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2010-08-13  
Class Action Investigation Member:
quantumpoet3456
 

Case Details:
MY psych prescribed me benzos without warning me of long term consequences.


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2010-08-05  
Class Action Investigation Member:
kattklaws
 

Case Details:
I have been suffering an inhumane withdrawal for almost 18 mos now. I have severe shaking, burning skin, sick in the head and racing heart with unbelieveable anxiety that is not tolerable. This all due to these awful drugs


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2010-08-03  
Class Action Investigation Member:
skidz57
 

Case Details:
Was very ill for 5 months while continuing Ativan, list of ailments area as follows, vomiting, chills, night sweats, no sleep, leg cramps, pain in neck, right shoulder arm and hand, extreme headaches, loss of awareness, depression, was hospitalized several times with complaints all above. After one month of weening off, came off completely to suffer all of the above intensified for about 4 day's. Fell better at this point but still have horrible ringing in ears and sometime headaches.


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2010-07-21  
Class Action Investigation Member:
veryangry
 

Case Details:
Major gastrointestinal issues, kidney, and chronic pain. (Am a non-drinker, non-smoker, was a runner). Was told klonopin was a safe drug to take for sleep and MILD ANXIETY due to stress. Had no idea what a benzodiazipine was until I could not get an answer from 3 doctors why I was having so many symptoms they denied were from the drug. Quit it when I found out what it was. Was not informed not to quit that way. Have been physically sick for 9 mos. Bedridden for 3 mos. No help from the medical community. My whole Central Nervous System has been damaged from this and it is taking a very long time to heal. So many sied effects. Has affected my whole life.


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2010-07-20  
Class Action Investigation Member:
deathbydeceit
 

Case Details:
chronic suicidal depression
hysteria
unbarable anxiousness
painful muscle tention
seizure activity
total social isolation/shut in
flat affect
gastrointestional shutdown
chronic and severe insomnia
disabling obsessivness

on SSI


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2010-06-11  
Class Action Investigation Member:
dknight
 

Case Details:
Cognative impairment
loss of job
high financial cost
loss of life as we knew it
destruction of family relations
loss of self respect
loss of income
pain and suffering from withdrawal


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2010-06-07  
Class Action Investigation Member:
ScreenRider
 

Case Details:
Just went through second pre/post multi-level spinal fusion voluntary detox (first in Dec. '07) from Pain Management Morphine, muscle relaxants, and SEVEN YEARS OF HIGH DOSAGE prescribed use of ATIVAN (aka Lorazepam) for work-related anxiety. In my researching these Benzodiazepines, any long term high dosage is highly discouraged by the pharma companies, and highly taboo in the medical world. The not at all recommended 6 day taper I had has destroyed my concentration, caused short term memory loss, vertigo, 3 hrs. sleep per night for past month, with no relief in sight, as my 11 year GP refused to reintroduce a tapering plan as he did in '07, when I initially tried to free myself from this horrible medication the first time, so I've been abandoned, as no ER's will help unless one is admitted to a psych unit with a "Bi-Polar" diagnosis, which will be justified with sedative Seroquel, just another drug I don't need. Just a horrible drug to separate from. Was NEVER told about these ramifications. Has caused more agitation, and chaos in my head & household, than I ever could have imagined.
These suits apparently settle frequently, with an accompanying non-disclosure agreement, so the public never hears word one about this terrible problem, long ago public & dealt with in Australia & England long ago!
Need help badly!


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2010-05-23  
Class Action Investigation Member:
nicholeweber
 

Case Details:

I get nervous twitches and get very sick without it. I have not been able to sleep or eat the same and had to start taking them again.


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2010-05-10  
Class Action Investigation Member:
katherinemcc
 

Case Details:
During nov & dec 2009 i started having delusional thinking & had problems sleeping & eating. By the end of dec i went out in the middle of the night & became hypothermic. When the sun started rising i took off all my clothes & went to seek help with nothing on my body or feet ran 3 miles and wound up having 10 toe amputation.


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2010-02-04  
Class Action Investigation Member:
telaward
 

Case Details:
Took Ativan for a few years given to me by a doctor that said I could take it forver. After about 2 years O started to have neurological ticks, deprsonalization, heart palpatations, no emaotion, no sex drive, worsening depression, intrusive thoughts so I slowly tapered myself sef off over six months. This is where my hell begins. I cannot work becuase I cant handle it, I am worse off than I was before taking the medication, I have had countless sleepness nights waking up in a cold sweat,heart racing, I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure in which I never had before, I gone down 3 1/2/ dress sizes without even trying, my mind fades in and out of reality and the scary thing about it is I know when it's happening I just cant control it, I have major cog fog and cannot process new information in a timely manner. I have major panic attacks that effect my breathing. On Thanksgiving night I had to be rushed to the ER ( with no insurance) because I thought I was dying. 6,000 later in medical bills here I am.


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2010-01-31  
Class Action Investigation Member:
Rayvin400
 

Case Details:
After quitting these pills after only being on them for 1 month, I have dealt with 7 months of torture. My heart rate goes up over 160bp when I stand up and have 2 heart valve prolapses( a listed withdrawal symptom) and am confined to my bed. I'm 26, and had just graduated from college, and had worked for a newspaper. I get pains and headaches, shaking and twitching also. I went to the hospital many times after quitting the pills because of episodes with my heart. I never had any problems like this before these drugs.


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