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Xanax XR, Diazepam Tolerance awatts

Posted by cache-monkey on March 23, 2005, at 5:03:33

In reply to Re: Xanax XR: Worth the $$$?? Really once daily?, posted by awatts on March 22, 2005, at 20:06:20

<< Xanax XR - that stuff does nothing for me, and I've taken as much as 3 mg twice a day - I don't understand this >>

I actually tried my first dose of XR today. I found it really sedating and not very anxiolytic. Granted it was a small dose, 0.5 mg, but I'm not very hopeful. (Also, whatever anxiolysis I achieved wore off after 6 hours. Much quicker than the advertised 10-15 hours...)

<< Valium - works in about 45 minutes - mentally and physically relaxing - makes me feel the most normal of the three - great for anxiety - I'd still be taking it, but I develop a tolerance to it - a great choice for anxiety if you are only going to need it for maybe 3 or 4 months >>

That's too bad about the tolerance. Do you know if that's common with Valium?

<< Klonopin - it doesn't really "kick in" like the others - when you first start taking it you may start to feel a reduction in anxiety in a few hours - sedating for 2 or 3 weeks of regular use, then sedation goes away and it's very effective for anxiety - got to take it at least twice a day unless you use it as a sleep aid for only the 2 or 3 weeks that it works as one - Klonipin is the best choice for me. I've taken it for years and not become tolerant. In fact, I've been able to reduce my dosage several times. I take only 0.25 mg twice a day, now. >>

I found that even at 1 mg a day, I wasn't getting good anxiolysis. Going up to 1.5 mg, the sedation didn't wear off for over a month. Plus I started experiencing some serious sexual dysfunction. Too bad, since I've heard Klonopin works really well for many.

I think I'm going to try again to convince my doc to switch me over to Valium. Hopefully, I won't experience too much tolerance...

Thanks for sharing your experiences!




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