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Doctor insights on: Klonopin Vs Xanax Dosage

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I'm on klonopin 1mg 3 times daily... I still have panic attacks I was wondering if upping the dosage would help or switching to Xanax (alprazolam)?

I'm on klonopin 1mg 3 times daily... I still have panic attacks I was wondering if upping the dosage would help or switching to Xanax (alprazolam)?

Klonopin (clonazepam) Dependence: Let Wise Man within you ask:
Stresses causing panic attacks-Relationships, marriage, separations, work, finances.

• Duration and Dependence on Klonopin
• Side effects
• Use of Alcohol, drugs
• Tolerance if thinking about upping the dosage, or switching to Xanax (alprazolam)
• Both Klonopin and Xanax (alprazolam) are Habit forming
Discuss with Psychiatrist
•Decrease Klonopin dose
•Therapy
SSRI medications
•Relaxation ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
841 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


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I am prescribed klonopin for anxiety. It is not doing anything for me. I've even up'd my dosage through a doc. Would ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) help better?

Not necessarily.: Although your dr could do a trial on a different benzodiazapine. I don't see any non-medication treatments listed - it is very important. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong ; progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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I'm a very nervous flyer and I must take a flight soon. Best benzo to ease the fears? Ativan? Klonopin? Xanax (alprazolam)? And what dose? Want a 2nd opinion

I'm a very nervous flyer and I must take a flight soon. Best benzo to ease the fears? Ativan? Klonopin? Xanax (alprazolam)? And what dose? Want a 2nd opinion

Nervous Flyer: Any of the benzodiazepines will work, they all are anti anxiety agents. There is no best, it is the physicians experience and choice. Also the dose is experience and patient specific. Discuss with your doctor and get the one he/she and you decide on. A second opinion for this is like butts, everyone has one! ...Read more

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I used to take Xanax (alprazolam) & klonopin several times a week, low dose, and it caused panic attacks I never had before, now stopped and feel so much better!

Interesting: Sometimes these medications will cause interdose rebound anxiety, and panic can result. I'm glad you're feeling better. Was there a question, or were you just wanting us to know this? Best wishes, . ...Read more

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I take methadose (liquid methadone) and klonopin. But I get no relief from panikc attacks. I have used Xanax (alprazolam) with my dose and have never died?

Risk of accidental: Overdose. Call your treating physician and ask for guidance. Get into therapy to learn relaxation techniques. An antidepressant anxiolytic would be safer. Think airway first. Without it all else fails. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

Slightly different: Both meds are in the class of benzodiazepines. Klonopin has a longer 1/2 life than xanax (alprazolam).
One dose of 0.5mg of Klonopin is roughly equivalent to 0.25mg of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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
•Meditation
Yoga
Tai Chi
•Decreasing dose of Xanax (alprazolam)
•Follow up ...Read more

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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?

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?

See prescriber: The best thing to do is to visit the doctor that prescribed the medication and work out a plan to get off the klonopin. You need to see them so that they can prescribe a sufficient quantity to get you off safely. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Which is better, Xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin for anxiety?

Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin: There is no such thing as "better", "best or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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Is klonopin bad for me and is it as addictive as xanax (alprazolam)?

Addictive: Both Xanax (alprazolam) and klinopin belong to the benzodiazepine family and are addictive. Their withdrawal symptom timeline differ due to longer half life of klonopin. ...Read more

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

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

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 more

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

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

Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on current dosage, how long u have been on xanax, (alprazolam) & what other medications are used concurrently. Work with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Can my 34 yr old son add lumiday while taking klonopin & xanax (alprazolam)?

Can my 34 yr old son add lumiday while taking klonopin & xanax (alprazolam)?

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 more

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
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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