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A 50-year-old female asked:

At hospital, i was given klonopin daily and ativan as needed. my former psych wouldn't allow xanax (alprazolam) with klonopin. why the difference?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
Possible toxicity: In a hospital, where nurses are observing you and your symptoms, drugs can generally be given more safely than they might be in your own home. Klonopin is a long acting drug which takes a long time to get into your bloodstream/brain, while xanax (alprazolam) and Ativan get in more quickly (and get out quickly too). Use of Ativan or xanax (alprazolam) for "breakthrough" anxiety may be reasonable but may be more toxic to you.
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