I went to my chemist a few days ago to pick up my regular prescription and he called me into a side room for a short chat. Apparently it's something they have to do now with all regular users of medication. My drug of choice for my RLS has always been Clonazepam with a side order of gabapentin. He told me that studies had shown that regular users of clonazepam tend to, in his words "pass away" sooner than those who don't. I'm naturally a bit freaked out about this although he did say that it only takes someone who's drowsy from the drug to fall downstairs and kill themselves to significantly alter the statistics. Still, I don't know what to do. I like the slight sedative effect that both these drugs give me and i'm also used to them and if I had to come off them I'd have to learn how to get to sleep by myself all over again. Plus I've done the rounds before of trying to find something else that works and nothing did and I had an unpleasant few months before I ended up back where I started.
In short I'm really reluctant to come off either of these drugs but I'm already an overweight sometime smoker who is taking HRT past the recommended time so I don't need another high risk factor to add to my list. Before anyone suggests it I've cut down a lot on the smoking on the way to stopping completely and I'm also trying to lose weight. I'm not coming off the HRT though till I retire as my symptoms were horrendous last time I tried and I need to be able to function.