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A 41-year-old member asked:

can someone please tell me the difference between xanax (alprazolam) and klonopin?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Not much: Both are highly addictive. Klonopin (clonazepam) may be slightly more likely to result in withdrawal seizures if stopped abruptly.
Dr. Mark Shukhman
Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
the shorter acting (xanax) the more potential for addiction
May 31, 2012

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Are the side effects of klonopin similar to taking xanax (alprazolam)?

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How do I taper off Xanax (alprazolam) while trying to switch to klonopin?

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What are the advantages of Xanax (alprazolam) over klonopin?

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Dr. Jane Steiner
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It works quicker: The advantage of xanax (alprazolam) is mainly that is gets into one's system pretty quickly, on the order of 15 to 30 minutes. It is useful if someone is experiencing a panic attack and needs a medication to get into their system quickly and work quickly. It doesn't last more than about 4 hours. However because it has such a short duration of action, it's not the best one for chronic, consistent anxiety.

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