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Re: Klonopin better than Clonazepam??? bob

Posted by Rick on December 15, 2001, at 18:33:44

In reply to Klonopin better than Clonazepam???, posted by bob on December 15, 2001, at 16:21:40

I long avoided the generic because I had heard such stories. To my dismay, I inadvertently ended up with generic clonazepam six months ago. After raising a ruckus with my insurer's mail order prescription division, I agreed to try it awhile.

Turns out I can tell no difference whatsoever, other than the taste and texture of the pill. It may depend partly on which generic manufacturer of clonazepam you end up with -- there are many. I have been getting Teva (an Israeli company that bought a longtime major U.S. generic maker whose name escapes me). I read that clonazepam is in fact Teva's largest-selling medication.

I did some research on the clonazepam vs. Klonopin issue and found one artcle in a medical journal, a letter from two pdocs who said their patients had to reduce their dosage when they started taking the generic. Apparently that generic -- don't know which one -- seemed stronger. (This surprised me, since the usual complaints I had seen in posts from users was that their generic seemed *less* potent than the brand.)

There was a post here a few weeks ago from someone who switched from Xanax to clonazepam (also Teva's generic), and was very pleased with the theraputic benefits of the med (at least as of the time of the post).

I suppose it's possible that if any differences exist they might be more likely to show up at higher dosages. You didn't say how much your friend is taking. I take 1 mg/day.


> I have a friend who took Klonopin to augment the jitteriness she got from Luvox. She then had to stop her job, and she switched to generic clonazepam. She swears that the generic form is not as effective and seems "dirtier". She says it has a slight hangover and seems to produce more cognitive dysfuntion. This really raised my curiosity, because I too mix Clonazepam w/ Luvox, but I've never taken the brand name.
> Can anyone corroborate that this might indeed be true: Klonopin being slightly cleaner than the generic???




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