Posted by viridis on December 18, 2002, at 13:18:11
In reply to Re: Why is Klonopin the Benzo du Jour, posted by joy on December 18, 2002, at 7:57:57
I think Xanax got a bad reputation largely due to overprescription in the 80s and 90s, much like Valium did in the 70s. With enough people taking it (including some who probably shouldn't be), it's inevitable that a few will misuse it. It's a great med, and a shame that it has that stigma attached to it -- it can make it more difficult to get when you really need it.
Klonopin doesn't induce depression for me (in fact, it alleviates it), but several others here have reported that effect. I still use Xanax occasionally, for very stressful situations, and my pdoc doesn't mind prescribing it along with K. I find that X has a more immediate and definite effect, whereas I don't even notice the K. But maybe that's because I take K every day and X only once in a while.
In any case, if it works for you that's great.