I generally post on the depression board as depression has been my"primary" disorder. I'm not sure whether it's environmental issues or side effects of the Effexor I've been taking...but the level of anxiety I am experiencing is often intolerable. I take 2MG of Klonopin a day. I feel like I'm taking a placebo. It makes me a bit groggy but doesn't seem to be relieving even 20% of the anxiety. Anyone out there have a better experience with another antianxiety med like XANAX? I have a pdoc appt in two days and want to have some idea as to what to say.
I take xanax for anxiety 1mg as needed it really helps with my anxiety it takes it all away most of the time. But it is not long lasting. Used to take Atavan but that just didn't seem to be strongh enough But it worked longer. So I had my Pdoc put me on Xanax it sure has helped me takes it away pretty quick. But you have to be really careful because it is highly addictive.
Thank you Mushroomie. I am leaning toward requesting a switch from Klonopin to Xanax. I noticed that there is now a Xanax XR, which should resolve the problem of the med wearing off too quickly. I have the same problem with Klonopin. It works for about 3 hrs, obviously not long enough to stretch through the day. As far as the addictive problem, that's not a primary concern. What matters to me is feeling and getting better. I'm on Effexor, which is apparently a real monster to quit. I take Adderall, which is certainly addictive.
In my experience the Xanax XR is just not as good as the regular. The regular version allows you more vesatility so that if you are feeling good one day you can drop your dose a little. The XR version also doesn't last all day as advertised, but maybe 12 hours at best. I only got about 8 hours of use out of it. I took it for a month and ended up taking hte regular Xanax again because it just plain works better.
HI Pianoman, This is a bummer--trying to figure out what is going on. I was prescribed Effexor 37.5 mg and I only took half of a tablet the first day.
That night I was up with rolling panic for 4 hours until it wore off. That was 10 years ago & I keep that bottle to verify what it was as I NEVER want to take that med or any other SSRI again. Granted I am sensitive to many things, but these drugs have side effects that need to be monitored.
I now have good luck controlling my panic and anxiety with deep breathing exercises & taking a natural magnesium. Best wishes to you in your struggle to find relief.
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I take 1mg of Xanax a day for GAD - .25 mg in the morning, .25 mg in the afternoon, and .5 mg at night (it helps me sleep which really helps with the insomnia I was experiencing from anxiety). It has truly been a godsend for me. I don't get a 'druggy' or out-of-it feeling on Xanax, just straight-up relief from nearly all the anxiety. Best of all is that on days when I'm not feeling so anxious I can skip doses with no problems. As others have pointed out, though, it can be addictive so you might wanna watch yourself with it.
Thank you all for your responses. I had my pdoc appt yesterday, the 22nd. Amidst several questions, I brought up the Xanax vs Klonopin issue. The pdoc said that Xanax would not be a good fit because of it's short life span etc. saying that I would be going "up and down". Klonopin is supposed to have a much longer life span than Xanax. Although he has been willing to prescribe large doses of Effexor or other meds, he has been very cautious with me regarding Klonopin, keeping me at 2mg a day max. I didn't push the issue but I certainly am curious if a switch would be beneficial. At this point, I don't think he's going to budge.
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That is a shame since Effexor causes severe dependency problems as bad or even worse than the Benzo's. It just has no street value like Klonopin. It is really a shame that doctors have to base their decisions regarding your health on fears of law suits. Anyway, you should be OK until you get up close to 4 mg per day as far as the withdrawl is concerned. Even at the dose you are at you will have to wean off the drug over a long period of time to keep from experiencing withdrawl and rebound anxiety. I hear Effexor and Paxil are even worse though.
I was experiencing intense anxiety and sleeplessness and my GP prescribed Xanax. I had a serious "rubber band" effect. I took it at night and during the day my anxiety was even higher. It took me a few days of escalating anxiety to realize what was happening. Klonopin makes me tired and I think it makes me more depressed later but it doesn't give me the rebound anxiety the way Xanax did.
i take .5 mg of klonipin 3x a day. the dr. told me klonipin is a longer lasting pill than zanax. he said zanax helps say for a few hrs, vrs klonipin helps far longer than that.paxil helped w/ my anxiety and depression, but i had no sex drive. in august it will be 2 yrs dealing w/ chronic anxiety! if i don't take my klonipin i have exteme anxiety, very scary, i don't know why. seeing a specialist soon. hope i helped. do you have any advice that can help me figure out why this won't go away. thanks