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Is it true that lunesta (eszopiclone) 3 mg a better alternative when quitting klonopin 1 mg?

Is it true that lunesta (eszopiclone) 3 mg a better alternative when quitting klonopin 1 mg?

Not necessarily: Lunesta (eszopiclone) is a fast-acting non-benzodiazepine sleep agent that shares some pharmacologic action with Klonopin (a benzo). It produces sedation at doses lower than those for muscle relaxation and anticonvulsant action. Initial dose for sleep is 2mg, with possible increase to 3mg if medically indicated. Still, a controlled substance. ...Read more

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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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Had anxiety attack, took my RX'd Klonopin 1mg. Afterwards I took my Lunesta (eszopiclone) 2mg & Clonidine 0.2mg at the RX'd time. Am I going to die In my sleep?

Had anxiety attack, took my RX'd Klonopin 1mg. Afterwards I took my Lunesta (eszopiclone) 2mg & Clonidine 0.2mg at the RX'd time. Am I going to die In my sleep?

No: You should be OK. Don't add alcohol to the equation. Be careful if you get up to go to the bathroom. Sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes to avoid orthostatic dizziness. No more sedatives tonight. ...Read more

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Have a sleep study in a week can I take an Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone) to fall asleep quick? I take clonazepam 3mg inderal 80mg and remeron 45 mg at night?

Have a sleep study in a week can I take an Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone) to fall asleep quick? I take clonazepam 3mg inderal 80mg and remeron 45 mg at night?

You will need to: Ask the sleep specialist this specific questions. I have seen sleep specialists tell people to continue their sleep meds and have also seen them instruct patients to hold them. ...Read more

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What does klonopin (clonazepam) do?

What does klonopin (clonazepam) do?

Benzodiazepine: Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine, the same class of medication as Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Restoril (temazepam), versed (midazolam) and others. It is fda approved for the treatment of seizure disorder (epilepsy) and panic disorder. Has other uses having to do with neurologic or psychiatric problems. Is a controlled substance due to addictive potential. ...Read more

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Why is klonopin (clonazepam) addicting?

Why is klonopin (clonazepam) addicting?

Klonopin (clonazepam) addiction: Good question. For vulnerable people, the pleasurable sensations that make addictive drugs disastrously attractive occur when Dopamine levels in the brain’s reward area surge abruptly. Usually there are neurons in the brain that inhibit this result, by downregulating dopamine-producing neurons. Benzos like Klonopin (clonazepam) inhibit these "inhibitory" neurons -- taking the brakes off the Dopamine surge. ...Read more

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What is a high dosage of klonopin (clonazepam)?

Need details!: Low for one high for another--and people can develop dependency, requiring and tolerating higher and higher doses that seem "low". If you are taking, say, a few mg a day and the dose is stable, you are probably ok, but klonipin should always be supervised by someone knowledgable and attentive. ...Read more

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Can ambient be taken with klonopin (clonazepam)?

Possibly. : Not contraindicated, but both can cause sedation, decreased reaction time, memory issues which may be increased with combination. Both also have some potential for addiction and development of tolerance with chronic use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take lunesta (eszopiclone) long term?

Is it safe to take lunesta (eszopiclone) long term?

Maybe yes, maybe no.: The full answer is complex and may require meeting with a sleep specialist. The short answer is that all drugs have adverse effects, some overt and other more subtle. Lunesta (eszopiclone) and its close cousins are effective for short term insomnia but have not been shown to be successful for long term management. There is also some evidence for dependence and odd overnight behaviors. ...Read more

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What arte signs of klonopin (clonazepam) with drawal?

What arte signs of klonopin (clonazepam) with drawal?

Seizure: The most dangerous sign of Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawl is seizure activity. However, other uncomfortable and potentially dangerous withdrawl symptoms can include nausea, lack of coordination, unstable gait, impaired decision-making, and headaches. ...Read more

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Which is more powerful Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Which is more powerful Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Neither: Zolpidem (Ambien) and eszopiclone (Lunesta) are medications used on a short-term basis for insomnia. Both act at the benzodiazepine receptor although they are not chemically in the benzodiazepine class. They are generally useful for early insomnia (getting to sleep). Neither is more "powerful", but effect depends on dose, and sometimes one works for a patient and the other doesn't. ...Read more

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Are some people prescribed 5mg of klonopin (clonazepam)?

Rare: That is an extremely high dosage. Your doctor would have to have a unique reason to prescribe that, such as failing numerous others meds and therapy. ...Read more

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What could happen if you overdosed on klonopin (clonazepam)?

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What could happen if you overdosed on klonopin (clonazepam)?

Klonopin (clonazepam): Is medical emergency that needs supportive tx in er. There is extreme sedation, confusion, loss of consciousness, slowing of metabolic activities & heart, coma & death if not resuscitated. ...Read more

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Is klonopin (clonazepam) better to take as needed or daily?

Is klonopin (clonazepam) better to take as needed or daily?

As needed: Usually it is not recommended to take medications like Klonopin (clonazepam) on a daily basis as it is easy to develop dependence and tolerance to this medication. If your psychiatrist recommends it daily then I would take that advice as he/she knows the severity of your anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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How long will 1mg of klonopin (clonazepam) stay in my system?

How long will 1mg of klonopin (clonazepam) stay in my system?

About a day: Klonopin's clinical effects last about twelve hours, so it most likely is gone after about thirty-six hours from your blood stream. If you are inquiring about this for drug tests, keep in mind that this is general information from my practice, and may not be correct for you or your situation. ...Read more

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How much time does klonopin (clonazepam) stay in your system?

20 hour half-life: Klonopin (clonazepam) is one of the longer acting benzos, lasting 20hours. So twice day dosing is usually sufficient. If you are abusing it and hoping to avoid a positive drug test, if might show up in your urine up to 5 days (5- half-lives to clear any medication) ...Read more

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How should you slowly decrease your klonopin (clonazepam) dose?

Your doctor: Your doctor will recommend a tapering dose to minimize adverse effects of medication discontinuation. ...Read more

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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