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Lunesta And Klonopin
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
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
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?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Klonopin (clonazepam) addiction: Good question. For vulnerable people, the pleasurable sensations that make addictive drugs disastrously attractive occur when Dopamine levels in the brains 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Klonopin (clonazepam): Has a half-life of 30 – 40 hours. ...Read more