Posted by MB on December 17, 2002, at 11:50:25
In reply to Re: Can Klonopin decrease AD efficacy? » MB, posted by BrittPark on December 14, 2002, at 2:05:01
> There is certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence that klonopin can be mildly depressogenic. There are also many people who take it who continue to respond well to their ADs.
> I don't think anybody knows why xanax is a mild antidepressant. There have been a few studies that showed this. Chemically xanax has one property, along with, triazolam, in that it is tetracyclic instead of tricyclic like all the other benzos.
> You might try switching to xanax to test the hypothesis that klonopin is somehow blocking your response to wellbutrin. Xanax requires more frequent dosing but otherwise swaps about 1mg for 1mg with klonopin. At least that's what my psychiatrist and I have found.
> Feel better,
I recently spent a fewdays at a friend's house, and didn't have my Klonopin. I took some of his diazapam instead (I think I substituted 20mg diazapam for every 1mg Klonopin, or something like that, and I found the experience very enlightening. It totally squeltched my anxiety *without* knocking me on my ass with drowsyness. I.e., it had far fewer side effects, it seemed.
My question is this: why is Valium so seldomly mentioned on this board? Klonopin seems to be the benzo of choice amongst the members of this group (and sometimes Xanax), but I never read *anything* about Valium/diazapam. It seems like it is a very good medication.