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Ativan vs Tranxene vs Xanax vs Klonopin???

Posted by 3 Beer Effect on May 30, 2002, at 14:03:38

I've been taking Klonopin 1 mg 3x per day for daytime social anxiety for a long time now, but I am thinking of switching to a different benzo, since I'm somewhat dissapointed with Klonopin's anxiolytic effects. For anti-anxiety/anxiolytic Klonopin does not seem to work nearly as well 2-3 Beers does.

Here are the three I was thinking of switching to-

Ativan (lorazepam)- One book I have says this is "the most potent of the available benzodiazepines".

Tranxene T (clorazepate dipotassium)- "Anxiolytic with actions, uses, & interactions qualitatively similar to those of Ativan but with fewer unwanted side effects, e.g. sedation." This has an onset of 1 hr but a duration of 24 hours, but it looks like it might metabolize to the same metabolite as Valium. Is Tranxene T (immediate release) a strong benzo like Ativan or Klonopin or a weak one like Valium?

Xanax (alprazolam)-
"associated with significantly less drowsiness. Has antidepressant as well as anxiolytic actions".


Are any of these three (Ativan, Tranxene, or Xanax) better than Klonopin for daytime anxiety/social phobia or closer to the 3 Beer Effect i've been searching for?
(I take Ambien 10 mg for sleep, so their sleep-inducing properties aren't important to me).

Alcohol easily seems to be the best anxiolytic ever created-i've never found anything even remotely close.

3 Beers.................


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