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Klonopin Vs Xanax Dosage
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
•Relaxation ...Read more
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 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
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
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!
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?
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
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 more
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
•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
•Decreasing dose of Xanax (alprazolam)
•Follow up ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 more
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
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