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Doctor insights on: 2mg Klonopin Vs 2mg Xanax

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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg Dr. Koenigsberg
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
La Faculté Libre de Médecine de Lille
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Is a 2mg klonopin about the same strength as 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) bar?

Is a 2mg klonopin about the same strength as 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) bar?

No.: Klonopin and xanax are two related, but different medications. Klonopin is clonazepam, a long lasting medicine. Xanax is alprazolam, a fairly short acting medicine for anxiety. Klonopin is generally considered about twice as potent as xanax. You need to have your medication choice and dosage carefully evaluated and monitored by your treating physician, and consult with him or her about this.

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
834 Doctors shared insights

Clonazepam (Definition)

Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more


Dr. Kristine Gerwell Dr. Gerwell
Clinical Psychology
37 years in practice
Hofstra University North Shore LIJ School of Medicine
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How does 2mg klonopin differ from a 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) bar or are they the same?

How does 2mg klonopin differ from a 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) bar or are they the same?

Different medication: These drugs, although both address issues with anxiety have a different action within the body, and are not interchangeable unless prescribed by your physician.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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How long is Extended Release 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) half life, compared to 2mg Klonopin half life?

How long is Extended Release 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) half life, compared to 2mg Klonopin half life?

Xanax (alprazolam) XR vs Klonopin: The half-life for Xanax (alprazolam) XR is short 10.7–15.8 hours and the longer-term efficacy of Xanax (alprazolam) XR has not been systematically evaluated. Klonopin has an unusually long elimination half-life of 18–50 hours, it considered the longest-acting benzodiazepine.

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Dr. Kenneth Adler Dr. Adler
Psychiatry
45 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Can I take a 2mg klonopin with a. 05 mg Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep?

Bad idea: Both are similar types of medication and can lead to dependence.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Can I take a 2mg klonopin with a. 05 Xanax (alprazolam) just for one night of sleep due to anexity?

Can I take a 2mg klonopin with a. 05 Xanax (alprazolam) just for one night of sleep due to anexity?

Addiction: Having two different benzodiazepine medications, and thinking more doses will bring you sleep us evidence of a very big problem. Honestly you do not have to live like this. It is not healthy. It is not going to end well if this continues. Please consider asking for help to find another way to live.

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Dr. Bassam Amawi Dr. Amawi
Psychiatry
45 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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What's the drug is stronger Xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin?

Xanax (alprazolam) vs klonopin: Klonopin last longer, xanax (alprazolam) has a short half life as can be very addictive, any how do not take any without u physician advise and discuss with him/her any question u may have.

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Dr. Jane Steiner Dr. Steiner
Psychiatry
39 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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What are the advantages of Xanax (alprazolam) over klonopin?

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.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Any suggestions on which is stronger klonopin or xanax (alprazolam)?

Neither: When given in equivalent doses, they work essentially the same. However, xanax (alprazolam) gets in quickly but is very short-acting, and has higher abuse potential. Klonopin (clonazepam takes several hours to peak, but sticks around for a long time, and has somewhat lower abuse potential. For gad, antidepressants work well and don't have dependency risks, psychotherapy also works with no risks.

Dr. Rajendra Badgaiyan Dr. Badgaiyan
Psychiatry
14 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth Dr. Roth
Addiction Medicine
39 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Can someone please tell me the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and klonopin?

Can someone please tell me the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and klonopin?

Not much: Both are highly addictive. Klonopin (clonazepam) may be slightly more likely to result in withdrawal seizures if stopped abruptly.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Krishna Kumar Dr. Kumar
Psychiatry
51 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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I am taking xanax (alprazolam) 1mg and sometimes I feel like I need more so would switching too klonopin be better?

Xanax (alprazolam) Dependence: Let Wise Woman within you ask: •Severity of Anxiety symptoms for taking Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg •Severity of impairment of functioning •Dependence •Use of Alcohol or drugs •Tolerance due to which you want to switch to Klonopin To see Psychiatrist for: •Therapy for stresses in your life •Breathing and Music Relaxation •Visual Imagery •MeditationYogaTai Chi •Decreasing dose of Xanax (alprazolam) •Follow up

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Is Xanax (alprazolam) better then klonopin? He's a recovering addict and I told him klonopin may be worse and he insisted that its better than Xanax (alprazolam)

Work w/ Dr!!: Neither is better - either may be more appropriate for a person depending on specifics. Even better than either alone is to also learn how to avoid and manage anxiety in CBT therapy. All the research says so and it's true. xanax (alprazolam) is faster acting w/ a bigger hit but the effects of klonopin last longer so your body gets less damage perhaps. Neither is good for long term every day use.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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How are xanax (alprazolam) and colazepam (klonopins) different?

Klonopin (clonazepam) lasts long: Klonopin is usually given twice a day. Xanax (alprazolam) is given 3-4 times a day. Klonopin has a longer half life (the ammount of time it take for you to get rid of half of the dose through metabolism / elimination) it is also easier to come off Klonopin through gradual dose reduction. There are other differences reported by some patients. (more euphoria with xanax).

Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Psychiatry
29 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Can lumiday be taken with Xanax (alprazolam) & klonopin?

Can lumiday be taken with Xanax (alprazolam) & klonopin?

Talk to your doc: While there is likely no interaction, anyone who is prescribing you Klonopin or xanax (alprazolam) would probably like to know that you are concerned enough about your mood to be taking an over the counter agent and can better advise you on the safest way to address this.

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
819 Doctors shared insights

Klonopin (Definition)

Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug) and a blood pressure drug which is a ...Read more