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Klonopin 5 Vs Xanax
Took Xanax XR 1MG for about 3 weeks (off it), then took (on average) .5 MG of Klonopin for a month, am now on .5MG daily. Best way to discontinue now?
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
I am out of xanax (alprazolam) for one day and already do not feel right..i have been taking .5 twice daily for 10 yrs.. Would it be okay to take a 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. ...Read more
Psychotherapy: go on a drug vacation an get CBT ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 •Meditation •Yoga •Tai Chi •Decreasing dose of Xanax (alprazolam) •Follow up ...Read more
I went from taking it to 1 milligram Xanax a day too 2 milligram and I'm wondering when I filled the Klonopin why it was not in the form of bars becau?
Dispense form: of medication is up to the pharmacist and a bar must be specified by your physician. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I have severe anxiety. Took 1.5 mg of klonopin and it's not helping after 2 hrs.? Can I take Xanax (alprazolam)?
Just switched from 1.5 mg/day Xanax (alprazolam) to .5 mg twice daily of klonopin. Took first klonopin 4 hrs ago now have 100 dg fever. Should I be concerned?
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). ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad idea: Both are similar types of medication and can lead to dependence. ...Read more
Yes and no: Xanax (alprazolam) is a very short acting benzodiazepine and Klonopin is longer acting. Xanax (alprazolam) is much more addictive if used long term, but may act quicker. Neither is good long term as you develop tolerance meaning the same dose is no longer effective. It is better to fo find an antidepressant or a wide variety of other anti anxiety medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to his doc.: While there is likely no interaction, anyone who is prescribing you Klonopin or xanax (alprazolam) would probably like to know that their patient is concerned enough about his/her mood to be taking an over the counter agent and can better advise them on the safest way to address this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It would be worse: The treatment of withdrawal syndromes is with drugs that are longer acting than the drug from which you are withdrawing. Klonopin should be gradually tapered over several months in people who are on appreciable doses for a long time. Xanax (alprazolam) is short-acting, will relieve the symptoms but produce more dependency than the Klonopin did. Anticonvulsant meds (depakote. Neurontin) can help. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Switched from 1mg xanax to 1mg klonopin abruptly and experiencing internal shakey sensations in my head. Should i be concerned. Happens often.
I am switching from 0.25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) per day to 0.25 mg of Klonopin. Do I need to taper or can I simply switch and if tapering how would I do it?
How long do benzodiazepine withdrawals last? Tapered down off of klonopin and took Xanax (alprazolam) as needed after (usually .5 mg every 3 days); its been rough
May take a while...: There can be both physical as well as psychological dependence. If your life is harried and you have taken a lot of klonopin (clonazepam) for some time. it may take longer. The need for treatment may be evident and hope you have been seeing your doctor. Would get further advice on treatment from your doctor or psychiatrist. Best wisehs ...Read more
No increase in Ca: The benzodiazepines act to depress neuronal excitability through the inhibitory GABA neurotransmission system in the CNS. The resulting increase in the concentration of Cl- ions in the post-synaptic neuron immediately hyperpolarizes this neuron, not Ca-ions. no increase in Ca levels. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Together?: All 3 are used as sedatives or tranquilizers. Xanax (alprazolam) & Klonopin (clonazepam) are benzodiazepines, vistiril (hydroxyzine) is a sedating antihistamine. "benzos" can be addictive, especially short-acting ones like xanax. Vistiril isn't. It's usually not good to take all 3 of these together: the 2 benzos can "add together" & increase side-effects, & all 3 can impair driving & alertness. ...Read more
GENERALLY: NO! the effects of both combined may be too sedating to be safe! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) , klonopin , for anxiety.. But doctors only give 3 refills .. I need meds for anxiety how to stay prescribed ...?
Your Doc ; the DEA: In the us, xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin are known as "controlled substances" - in this case because of concerns about their safety and potential for abuse. Doctors need to be registered with the drug enforcement administration in order to prescribe them ; because of safety/abuse concerns, the dea monitors their prescription. Aside from this, long term use of xanax (alprazolam) ; Klonopin has serious risks. ...Read more
Is lorazepam most similar to xanax (alprazolam)? I know duration is longer but is it the closest one in this class of drugs? Klonopin doesn't work
Xanax (alprazolam): Lorazepam is similar to Xanax (alprazolam) in that it has a short half life which means it seems to work faster but doesn't last as long, This makes these more addictive. Klonopin and Tranxene have a longer half life which takes longer to work but lasts much longer and is still addictive but less so. ...Read more
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