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Doctor insights on: Klonopin Vs Xanax For Sleep

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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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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. ...Read more

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New pdoc Rx’d Xanax (alprazolam) ER 1mg every 6hr as needed. Took @ 1pm. OK to take 1mg Klonopin (older RX) @ 9pm, or bad mix? (Can't sleep full night w/ Xanax (alprazolam) ER)

Mixing is bad: Your physician prescribed those medications with the intention of you taking only those medications. Both Xanax (alprazolam) and klonopin are in the same class of medications and could cause an overdose. Absolutely do not take those medications at the same time without your doctor knowing. This could result in death from respiratory depression secondary to benzodiazepine overdose. ...Read more

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I took .5 mg of Xanax at 11:30pm and but still feel some anxiety can I take .5 mg of clonazepam to get some sleep i was just diganosed with panic and anxiety about two days ago and still feel the anxiety kicking in and I am not able to get some sleep is i

I wouldn't: Using 2 different versions of the same kind of medicine (alprazalam and clonazepam) doesn't really make any sense, and Klonopin takes almost 2 hours to have its full effect. Xanax (alprazolam) is very short-acting and isn't the best sleep aide in the world. There are also non-drug methods of dealing with anxiety. Talk to your doctor about a better sleep medication, if 0.5 doesn't work, using 1 mg would be next. ...Read more

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Insomnia causing migraines to act up I got botox injections yesterday, is it safe to combine Ambien (zolpidem) xanex and klonopin to try and get good night sleep?

Insomnia causing migraines to act up I got botox injections yesterday, is it safe to combine Ambien (zolpidem) xanex and klonopin to try and get good night sleep?

Bad idea: Mixing these medications increase sedation and drowsiness. Combination of these 3 drugs increases risk of CNS (central nervous system) depression, possible breathing crisis and death. See sleep disorders specialist (neurologist) for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment. Be safe and call your doctor. ...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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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

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Advice? Would Xanax (alprazolam) be a short term solution for klonopin withdrawals?

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

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Switched from 1mg xanax to 1mg klonopin abruptly and experiencing internal shakey sensations in my head. Should i be concerned. Happens often.

Switched from 1mg xanax to 1mg klonopin abruptly and experiencing internal shakey sensations in my head. Should i be concerned. Happens often.

Well: Xanax is a powerful but short acting medication. Klonopin is a long acting medication and 1mg may be a higher dose than you tolerate well. I would check with my prescribing doctor straight away. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Xanax (alprazolam) to Klonopin: The Klonopin has a longer half life so it will last longer so you can just switch. The klonopin though still addictive is slightly less so than the Xanax (alprazolam) and therefore a little safer. ...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

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. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more