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    Old 02-02-2014, 08:18 AM   #1
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    Question Need advice on Switching Benzo's

    hi! I have been on Clonopin for 18 years. I have take .5 3 times a day for all that time. My Dr and I feel that it is not doing anything BUT I can tell when it is 7 a.m. 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 pm as I start to get dizzy and anxiety as those are the times I have always taken it. My DR decided to try Xanax XR .1 mg 2 times a day. He said I should NOT have any withdrawal from the Clonopin etc. WELL I have tried 3 different times..Yesterday and today being the 3rd time and I Take the Xanax XR in the morning. I get nausea and feel "off" How am I to get OFF clonopin and onto this if what I am experiencing is withdrawal? Every time I go back to Clonopin it takes a day or 2 to stop the feeling "off" but the anxiety is more. UGH!! I would appreciate any advice!! Thank you!

     
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    Re: Need advice on Switching Benzo's

    most who have tried the extended release xanax have found that it doesn't fare dose wise to what it should. K and xanax are almost bioequivalent but everyone responds differently so it may take a trial of different xanax doses to get it. You can also ask your doc to give you immediate relsease xanax to take to bump up the dose or tweak it to the right one for you. Xanax is a bit of a merry go round because of its shorter half life and the extended release version seems to only increase that by a hair. You could always use xanax 3 or four times a day in true .5mg dose or lorazepam ask your doc about it. Push comes to shove you could try clorzepate or valium but at a higher dose to equate with k.

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    Old 02-02-2014, 05:01 PM   #3
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    Re: Need advice on Switching Benzo's

    I am hoping to switch and not have to go UP otherwise I would just up the Klonopin. I took the .1 this a.m. and did so so but tomorrow is day 2 so we shall see. I asked about Valium and Dr says no this should cover with NO withdrawal. Baloney!!

     
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    I am hoping to switch and not have to go UP otherwise I would just up the Klonopin. I took the .1 this a.m. and did so so but tomorrow is day 2 so we shall see. I asked about Valium and Dr says no this should cover with NO withdrawal. Baloney!!
    it sounds like the k is kind of pooping out and that can be for many reasons but if you notice it dramatically at the times you are scheduled to take another dose it may mean you are metabolizing it more rapidly then you used to and ramping the dose by another pill or increasing the dose strength may be the most practical solution. I have found that lots of docs think all benzos are the same except their length of time in your body or the potency. All of these meds have their own characteristics and we respond to them highly individualistically. Some people don't mind generics, I have found that generics don't work for me and prefer brand name on any psychoactive pharmaceuticals. Like I said, extended release xanax has been a disapointment to just about anyone I know who tried it. But regular xanax works great provided they find the right dose and times they need to use it. It seems the propriety product they use to create the extended release may have some problems with how it breaks down or it just looses something as it is broken down into our system. Some have had to go up in that dose as well to compensate for their response to the 1mg. The advantage to clonazepam is it is a high potency but long acting med. When it works it works well. Valium can replace it sometimes but the strength is about 10mg per .5mg of K, for many docs that's a lot of valium and they don't feel comfy with it. I have also found that seeking a doc who is a specialist in anxiety disorders and isn't benzo phobic is a real benefit. Best luck

     
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