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Xanax Klonopin Conversion
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
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
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
Psychotherapy: Go on a drug vacation a get CBT ...Read more
Neither: When given in equivalent doses, they work essentially the same. However, xanax (alprazolam) gets in quickly but is very short-acting, and has higher abuse potential. Klonopin (clonazepam takes several hours to peak, but sticks around for a long time, and has somewhat lower abuse potential. For gad, antidepressants work well and don't have dependency risks, psychotherapy also works with no risks. ...Read more
How long is Extended Release 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) half-life, compared to 2mg Klonopin half-life?
Xanax (alprazolam) XR vs Klonopin: The half-life for Xanax (alprazolam) XR is short 10.715.8 hours and the longer-term efficacy of Xanax (alprazolam) XR has not been systematically evaluated. Klonopin has an unusually long elimination half-life of 1850 hours, it considered the longest-acting benzodiazepine. ...Read more
I am taking xanax (alprazolam) 1mg and sometimes I feel like I need more so would switching too klonopin be better?
Xanax (alprazolam) Dependence:
Let Wise Woman within you ask:
Severity of Anxiety symptoms for taking Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg
Severity of impairment of functioning
Use of Alcohol or drugs
Tolerance due to which you want to switch to Klonopin
To see Psychiatrist for:
Therapy for stresses in your life
Breathing and Music Relaxation
Tai Chi Decreasing dose of Xanax (alprazolam)
Follow up ...Read more
Took Xanax XR 1MG for about 3 weeks (off it), then took (on average) .5 MG of Klonopin for a month, am now on .5MG daily. Best way to discontinue now?
See prescriber: The best thing to do is to visit the doctor that prescribed the medication and work out a plan to get off the klonopin. You need to see them so that they can prescribe a sufficient quantity to get you off safely. ...Read more
I went from taking it to 1 milligram Xanax a day to 2 milligram and I'm wondering when I filled the Klonopin why it was not in the form of bars becau?
Dispense form: Of medication is up to the pharmacist and a bar must be specified by your physician. ...Read more
Is Xanax (alprazolam) better than klonopin? He's a recovering addict and I told him klonopin may be worse and he insisted that its better than Xanax (alprazolam)
Work w/ Dr!!: Neither is better — either may be more appropriate for a person depending on specifics. Even better than either alone is to also learn how to avoid and manage anxiety in CBT therapy. All the research says so and it's true. Xanax (alprazolam) is faster acting w/ a bigger hit but the effects of klonopin last longer so your body gets less damage perhaps. Neither is good for long term every day use. ...Read more
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
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
Bad idea: Both are similar types of medication and can lead to dependence. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Switched from 1mg xanax to 1mg klonopin abruptly and experiencing internal shakey sensations in my head. Should i be concerned. Happens often.
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?
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