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Klonopin/Rivotril Petition

We the individuals listed below have electronically signed this petition for the purpose of making it known that patients treated with Klonopin/Rivotril have or are experiencing serious withdrawal effects from these medications. And that thousands of patients in the US and worldwide are unable to discontinue Klonopin/Rivotril or even reduce dosage due to the rapid onset of severe withdrawal-like symptoms which often initiates before a patient begins dose reduction. In many cases our physicians failed to disclose the withdrawal effects and/or failed to disclose the potential addictive nature and/or prescribed them for longer than the manufacturers recommendation.

The withdrawal of Klonopin/Rivotril has resulted in one or more of the following: electric-shock feelings, seizure, vertigo, chest pain, anxiety, agitation, psychosis, memory problems, muscle weakness, suicidal feelings, palpitations, tinnitus, over sensitivity to light and sound, head pressure, feeling of unreality, hair breakage, impaired vision, dexterity, breathing difficulties, shaking and inner tremors, slurred speech and in many cases death. These medication induced effects were ignored or underplayed which resulted in our overall inability to function normally for lengthy periods, in some cases years after discontinuing use.

Proper disclosure to consumers has not been made that Klonopin is to be used for short term only. Nor that Klonopin/Rivotril has not tested been tested for long term effects. The information on the web site indicates testing has only been done for 9 weeks.

We all know that taking prescription medication involves some risks and that with each medication some percentage of patients are likely to experience adverse results. We strongly feel however, that the risks involved with the usage of Klonopin/Rivotril is greater than the medical community informed us and that the American Psychiatric Association, the FDA and Roche Pharmaceuticals has known of these risks but failed to communicate them.

Our lives have been negatively, unexpectedly, and undeservingly impacted by Klonopin/Rivotril. We were not given full disclosure of this medications adverse effects, and many of us suffered greatly because of this failure to warn. Therefore, our purpose with this petition is to share information that we have gathered so that others will have adequate knowledge and be able to fully discuss options and risks of the use of Klonopin/Rivotril with qualified medical professionals before they make any final choice regarding initiating these types of medications. Thereby being able to be a knowledgeable consumer and make the appropriate decisions together with their physicians in regards to their own medical treatment and might be spared the suffering we have experienced first hand.

By this petition let it be made clear that we are not advocating the non-use of Klonopin/Rivotril because this medication's possible benefits to the public at large is beyond our scope of knowledge, however we do request that Roche Pharmaceuticals:

1. Enforce long term testing of Klonopin/Rivotril
2. Disclosure of all side effects and withdrawal effects on product literature and to prescribes and pharmacies.
3. Equal and consistent prescribing guidelines to physicians worldwide.
4. Provide information on medication in various languages on web site.

A significant number of us have found that the disclosure regarding the side effects of Klonopin is significantly misleading to the consumer. This cannot continue and we hope you will make changes in your practices that will respect our rights as human beings and individuals.


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