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Tolerance To Clonazepam
One doctor on here called clonazepam "the pill version of alcohol". I have a huge benzo tolerance and clonazepam doesn't work for me no matter how much I take but alcohol still works. Why?
When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more
How big a dose & how often would you need to take Clonazepam before you developed tolerance for it & it was no longer was effective w/o increased dose?
It varies: From person to person. Tolerance may occur with any dosage and Clonazepam is very addictive and taking increasing dosages is not recommended. Depending on the medical problem being treated there are other options for treatment. Beware that stopping Clonazepam may lead to dangerous withdrawal and will need to be tapered slowly while another med is started. ...Read more
Not high.: Sometimes the dose is higher - everyone is a little different. You can always develop tolerance. Prescribing psychoactive medications is always a delicate balancing act. If you see little to no benefit with the med, let your doc know. ...Read more
It is enough: Tolerance is a state of adaptation to a drug which results in a decrease of the drug's pharmacological effect over time. As a result, a patient will need an increased dosage of the drug to produce the same effect obtained initially by the smaller dose. Hope it helps. ...Read more
I usually take 1mg of klonopin (clonazepam) once a day. I went off of it for a month. Today, a month later, I just took 1mg. Should I be okay? Did my tolerance go down in a month? Should I have split the pill?
You will be okay: You will be okay, but maybe more sedated or sleepy than usual. It is better when you start back on a sedating drug like that to start with a lower dose. ...Read more
I take 1/2 a clonazepam in morning and at night 0.5 mg pill will I develop a tolerance where it won't work and will I get withdrawal symptoms?
Clonazepam Tolerance: I appreciate your concern. Clonazepam is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, similar to valium, Ativan, Xanax (alprazolam), (alprazolam) etc. Tolerance is more of a risk at much higher doses and with those drugs that are short acting like Xanax (alprazolam). At the clonazepam dose you are taking, you should be fine as long as you follow your doctor's instructions and don't increase the dose on your own. Do not drink alcohol. ...Read more
Took klonopin (clonazepam) on/off for 17yrs, regularly 4mg total daily for last 5.Doc says I haven't built up tolerance. I disagree & want off this med. Opinions?
Suggestions: It's not clear why the Klonopin (clonazepam) was started, or where you are with the symptoms that led to this. Regardless of diagnosis, most people would develop tolerance to daily 4mg Klonopin (clonazepam) x 5 years. Please consider consulting with a psychiatrist to review your whole case -- and if your symptoms are stable, develop a plan to taper over time. If not stable, the plan can include additional help for you. ...Read more
I'm weaning myself off clonazepam very slowly. From 4mg 3x per day to 4mg 2x per day and now 3.5 2x per day, reducing. 5 every month. When I reach 0, how long until my tolerance reaches a low level?
Could alternating tramadol and klonopin (clonazepam) at night for plmd (not rls) be an effective solution to tolerance for both drugs?
How to keep ambien (zolpidem) working? Only med that has ever worked for me. Will it have cross tolerance with other Meds like klonopin? I know it's short term but the belsomra rx I was given doesn't look promising at all.
Not sure there is a: Way. The use of ambien (zolpidem) may not continue if you develop tolerance. You might ask your doc if the dose is right. You have not mentioned your dose, it can be taken up to 10 mg at bedtime. There is not much cross tolerance with klonopin but actually may be additive effects. Would not suggest taking them together if not needed. Try the belsomra at the max dose prior to giving up. Ask your doc ...Read more
Is it true that 0.5 mg clonazepam a day for panic disorder is a very low dosage? Will it develop tolerance or addiction? Thank you.
Ask your prescribing: Doc. There usually isn't a tissue dependency but this isn't a long term treatment. Reassess your medication with your doctor at the next appt. ...Read more
If breathing problems occur between benzos (klonopin/ativan) could that mean that tolerance has developed?
What you mean by "breathing problems" and
"between benzos". Are you having trouble getting a deep enough breath? Are you short of breath upon exertion? Do you mean between doses of benzos? Or what? How do you take both Klonopin (clonazepam) and ativan?
Ask again more clearly if you can. ...Read more
Been on either 2.5 ativan or 2.5 klonopin (clonazepam) for 16 years after so long could I have developed a tolerance that could be giving me breathing problems?
Why would my psych doc prescribe klonopin and ambien (zolpidem) together for chronic insomnia? Doesn't that make tolerance go up faster for meds?
I understand your concern.
Both Klonopin and Ambien (zolpidem) can be habit forming, and you can develop tolerance.
Using Klonopin with Ambien (zolpidem) may increase dizziness and difficulty concentrating. Some people may experience impairment in thinking and judgment
Discuss with Psychiatrist Diagnosis of Chronic insomnia, Medication benefits and side effects ; Therapy for stress for stress in your life, Relaxation. ...Read more
Slowly: Depending on how long you have been taking this medication and how high of a dose you are taking, patients should taper off of this medication slowly. Your doctor can discuss with you a schedule that will allow you to safely come off of this medication. Stopping this medication abruptly could lead to some fairly serious consequences. ...Read more
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
Shelf life: Most medications are safe upto a year under ideal circumstances heat cold moisture all impact shelf life. Most prescriptions generally have a statement on bottle do not use after and date. ...Read more
The following:: Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine.It's trade name is klonopin (clonazepam). Clonazepam is an antianxiety medication & also a muscle relaxant, has anti seizure properties, used for alcohol withdrawal & as a hypnotic and for rls. Mainly used for panic attacks. Risks include dependence, addiction, sedation, serious withdrawal sxs., cognitive, balance/coordination & sexual problems. Do not use with another sedative. ...Read more
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
Anxiety: It can be used for a variety of anxiety disorders, such as being worried excessively all of the time or spikes of anxiety called panic attacks. Clonazepam is a powerful benzodiazepine which are a class medications that should generally be used in the short-term (4-6 weeks) until other medications or therapy start working. Other meds in this class are alprazolam and lorazepam. ...Read more
Benzodiazepine: 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 avoided when taking these. ...Read more
Varies by disease: It’s a slight distinction, but there is not a *max* dose, as people tolerate the dose they’re on and may eventually need to take higher doses to produce the same effect. There are *recommended* upper limits. For those recommended doses: 20 mg per day for seizure disorders and 4 mg per day for panic disorder. ...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