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Re: Switching from Xanax to Klonopin

Posted by polly on October 5, 2001, at 21:26:49

In reply to Re: Switching from Xanax to Klonopin, posted by Squiggles on October 5, 2001, at 20:54:06

> > Pdoc wants me off Xanax (I'm cuuently on 6 mg/day) and on Klonopin. Do I need to slowly taper the Xanax or is it ok to take an equivalent dose of Klonopin and abruptly stop the Xanax?
> Hi Polly,
> I was on Xanax for a long time, as well as
> Klonopin. My doctor was happy to see me withdraw
> from Xanax (and I had my own reasons for doing so);
> I never took more than 1.0 mg Xanax, and usually
> only 0.25 once or twice a day - it was prescribed
> as needed, but in the course of the years it became
> needed every day. It is addictive, in the sense
> that you build tolerance, and have inter-dose withdrawal,
> which comes in the form of panic attacks.
> I was able to get off in 4 months with relative
> ease. I withdrew 0.25 every month. I had anxiety,
> insomnia, vertigo, hypersensitivity to sensory
> stimulii, and some gastro difficulty. But it is
> relatively easy to do.
> As for the clonazepam, it has a longer life and
> will not give you the panic attacks. However,
> it is a beast to get off of if you get on. So,
> you may plan to stay on that one indefinitely.
> Squiggles

Thanks for the info Squiggles,
Do you think that I can cold turkey from the Xanax by substituting Klonopin?
Also, is Klonopin as efective as Xanax for PD?




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