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Suboxone And Klonopin
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
Why?: I am not sure why you would need to take two different benzodiazapines at the same time. Both have potential to build tolerance. I would not prescribe both at the same time to a patient, however different providers select different options. Please discuss this fully with your prescribing provider. Take care. ...Read more
Under supervision: Highly recommended that you taper under a doctor's/provider's supervision. Not only can there by uncomfortable withdrawals, medications like Xanax/alprazolam can result in life-threatening withdrawal seizures if an appropriate/safe tapering does not take place. What does of Xanax, how often taking? High dose/daily use may require inpatient detoxification. ...Read more
Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not first choice but: Gabapentin has no cross-tolerance with benzodiazepines, so would probably not be first choice for xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal. However, there is at least one case report of using this for xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal -- successful results. As an anticonvulsant it might be effective when other options fail or are unwise. See the abstract: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/17124639. ...Read more
Clonodine will: Clonodine does help someone cope with the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. I usually add this medication into the titration initial hours when the patient has alot of GI symptoms of withdrawal. I generally recommend taking suboxone and not just going off opioids due to the very high rate of relapse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are low doses of Xanax (alprazolam) and clonidine safe to take during short-acting opioid withdrawal? I plan on taking 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) and 0.2mg of clonidine daily.
It depends.: The answer is yes but be aware that all three medications have sedating side-effects as well as hypotensive properties so that they should not be taken at the same time. ...Read more
Hi, I am taking celexa 20 mg for depression and anxiety and klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety and panic. Could I replace the klonopin (clonazepam) with amitriptyline safely?
Not enough info: Switching medications requires knowledge of your entire clinical situation. You need to discuss with prescribing doctor reason for changing any med and how to do so. Also you must be seen and carefully monitored for symptoms and side effects. I hope this helps. ...Read more