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I've taken Ativan for anxiety as needed, and my doc mentioned switching to klonopin or xanax since the ativan doesnt work that great anymore...can anyone help?
It's hard for me to imagine a life without benzos. My doc old me that xanax and ativan are stronger than klonopin but klonopin can be strong at higher doses. I'm slowly decreasing my xanax dose before I switch but I would just like advice as to what is a good benzo to switch to after being on xanax as long as I have.
They are both very addictive along with every other benzodiazepine(valium,klonopin,ativan, librium,xanax) with xanax the one thing that can make it worse is the fact that if you abruptly stop using it you can have a siezure depening on your dose and how long you've been taking it. But in the end ativan and xanax basically rank about the same in my opinion, but you should really contact your prescribing doctor to get their opinion.
I just want to be off this garbage I am getting old 24 yrs old and nothing in life.... after the Ativan then it's Klonopin time.... Wow can I make it through this? I hope so...... My doc is such an incompetent @$$h*&*......... Hopefully I have half a brain left....
How is ativan different than Xanax,I am to take 1 mg ativan 3 times aday was making it 8 hours between doses now because of my early wake up time or teh med not working as well im taking it like ever 5 to 6 hours''''''Could i be double dosing this way.....i can feel when the pills wears off its like the side of my head starts feeling wierd but im also being more dizzy lately....
I, myself, have been a victim. Right now, they have me on Xanax (alprazolam) while juggling the idea of Klonopin (clonazepam,) and for me it takes anywhere in the neighbourhood of 15 to 25 minutes to kick in. As I have yet to take Klonopin, I cannot recommend it, outside of the success stories I've heard with it, but I'd suggest trying to get Xanax if they decide to ponder on it for a short time.
I jknow you are having a rough time...and the Klonopin is most likely helping a bit with the Ativan w/d's. And yes, Klonopin and Valium (diazepam) are the types of benzos indicated for more long-term use, as they stay in the system longer than the short-acting ones (Ativan, Xanax)...they actually build up a steady level in your system. Also, they don't have the same "tolerance" issues that the others do. One at a time, okay?
Benzos, like Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin are not really appropriate meds to take for insomnia. For a very short period of time (a few days, a week), yes, but not much longer because of the issues of dependency and tolerance. You're already taking a hefty dose of Xanax, and if you're taking it every single night, and have been, your insomnia is going to be 100% worse when you stop taking the Xanax.
However, compared to getting off of hydro's, the Ativan was not nearly as bad. Anyway, I'm telling you all that just because maybe Klonopin withdrawal is similar to Ativan withdrawal. Hope that helps some and the someone else can post who will have advice for you.
At the present time, I'm taking a low dose of ativan as needed, but because I find myself needing it more frequently, I will be starting Klonopin to replace the ativan. It is my understand that if you need a benzo everyday, you are better off on Klonopin. I would like to know if anyone has been on Klonopin at the same dose for many years and felt that they are content with how it has worked for them. I posted that question but have not received any response as yet.
Klonopin is twice as strong as Ativan. So the 1/2 mg should be a match up for the 1mg you were on. But it seems like a weird swap of medication. Most people would go the other way. As the Ativan is a short life form of medication. Much like xanax. You may need more of it further down the line to maintain the amount you start out on. But I won't question your doctor's choice. That's what he is there for. Good luck with the switch. Oh and I also assume the klonopin was twice a day?
It has a longer half life and is usually prescribed more long term than the shorter/more potent benzos like Ativan, Xanax, etc. We really cannot tell you how to take meds though...only your prescribing doctor can. If you don't want to take Klonopin every day, why don't you ask your doc about other options?
Much experience with ativan and xanax.
I've been on benzos for 31 years, 25 of them on klonopin/clonazapem. And yes, it's a benzo like ativan and valium. They say it's a longer acting one than xanax, and shorter acting than valium. Not sure about ativan, as that's the one I haven't been on! The trick is finding a Dr. that knows diddly about ANY of the benzos or antidepressants. I've yet to find one in 31 years. I suppose in mild cases of anxiety, they would suggest taking it "as needed".
A support group for people withdrawing from benzos claims xanax and clonazepam(klonopin) to be about equal strength for equal dose, and that ativan is about half as strong. which concurs with my experience. If possible, get off. The withdrawals are a force to reckon with. Just my 2 cents, though don't stop immediately. that would be quite dangerous.
Absolutely discuss these concerns with your doctor. If you only need the medication "as needed" as a rescue drug, the shorter acting benzos (ie Ativan, Xanax) are a MUCH better option. Klonopin requires steady, regular dosing for max effectiveness, because it builds in the plasma, unlike the shorter acting meds. Let us know what your doc says!
and we r not drs here u did not say ur dose of xanax? or r u now on klonopin? Klonopin and xanax are close in strenth altho xanax is the strongest of the benzos...klonopin and ativan are a close second...klonopin/as avisg said is slow in onset and longer in duration making it easietr to come off of than xanax//but a taper is still advised from any benzo there is an article in the health pages concerning benzo tapers...valium/altho has a bad name as it was the first benzo on the market...
I think you would best be served by calling your local pharmacist and asking him/her these questions. You're on quite a "stew" of meds and you need to talk to someone who knows about the interactions. I will say that I don't understand your p-docs "preference" that you don't take an Ativan when you are having a really major anxiety attack.
so I called my dr to see if i can try klonopin aagain( i have a script from March 09) she said she thought if i lowered the ativan i might not be as dizzy but i told her my anxiety is worse so she said i could try the klonopin but she couldnt give me a script because i just got the ativan filled 2 weeks ago and she cant do a script for both which i think is a lie (i was on xanax and klonopin before and the dr i had then wrote me scrips) anyways she never told me how often to take the ativan wh
but with less drowsiness than the Klonopin. I'm not sure why you'd get no relief from Ativan. It's a tranquilizer like all the benzodiazepines. Perhaps your doctor is concerned that Ativan doesn't seem to be helping... which is a real question. I suppose some people might respond better to one benzo than another. But I can understand your doctor's caution. In any event...
Do people who switch from Xanax to Klonopin typically have any problems? Side effects? Etc.? Is Xanax XR any better than regular Xanax? Is it similar in nature to Klonopin? If you don't mind ... I also have a question about Xanax. I've been on .5 mg for 5 weeks now - at first PRN q4-6 hrs. (I took anywhere from 1/2 tab/day to 1-1/2). Then I started on Restoril as a sleep aid, and my Xanax dose went down to 1/2 or 1/4 tablet in the a.m. and another 1/4 to 1/2 in early afternoon.
Hi, For up todate relevant, scientific information on the benefits and dangers of benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Librium, etc.) check out the internet's most comprehensive medical site for these drugs: www.benzo.org.uk I also suggest you join their support forum and tell the moderators your story. They'll have great coping strategies for you regarding anxiety.
For instance, the medications taken for anxiety and OCD are classified as anti-depressants but they work for these disorders as well. As far as the benzodiazipines go, I find this one to work better than xanax. Klonopin take a bit longer to start working than xanax but its effects last longer. Hope your echo turns out to be fine.
If you need more of a rescue med to take here or there for anxiety, a shorter acting benzo, like Ativan, or Xanax, is best. Is a psychiatrist prescribing the Klonopin for you, or a PCP? Taking it at night is fine with the way it is prescribed. 2 per day as needed, means you CAN take up to a total of TWO 0.5mg doses per day. That doesn't mean you automatically take them. If you are feeling drowsy, then obviously, a nighttime dose is optimal.
There are other shorter acting medications like Xanax and Ativan that are usually prescribed short term on an as needed basis.
Actually, Klonopin is a LONG acting benzo compared to it's shorter-acting counterparts, like Xanax and Ativan. Time to peak plasma level for Xanax is 1-2 hrs, and for Klonopin it is 1-4 hrs. Half life of Klonopin is also MUCH longer, 9-20 hrs for Xanax, versus 10-60 hrs for the Klonopin. The onset of action (the amount of time it takes for a person to feel the effects of the medication) is considerably quicker among the short acting benzos as well.
I have just started Klonopin for lack of sleep! not depression or anxiety... however, now after a week I am finding that I am emotional, tearing up a lot........ Lack of sleep is the pain from arthritis in my neck, spine, ankle. Also SLE which often gives us lack of sleep. I also have heart problems, and diabetic. However, I have a very good outlook on life, meditate often, and have photography (hobby) as a very good release of stress.
Just a word of caution about Klonopin (also valium zanex, ativan, all benzodiazipines). They are very addiciting and can be difficult to get off of. There are several other anti-anxiety medications (which are not benzodiazipines and which are not addicting) that can be prescribed by your doctor.
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