Posted by Brynb on July 28, 2012, at 12:17:15
In reply to Re: benzo experts » g_g_g_unit, posted by Phillipa on July 28, 2012, at 9:56:59
I don't know much about Parnate, but I'm quite the seasoned benzo user ;). I find klonopin to be okay for GAD (its long half-life ideally keeps rebound anxiety at bay), but it isn't great for depression and I never liked using it more than once a day. Switching to Valium could help; you can divide doses (and take them more than once a day), but again, frequent use can be depressing. For sleep, I would consider Xanax--it's quite tiring and hits hard and fast on anxiety. Or perhaps Restoril, a benzo used specifically for sleep. Of course there are other options for insomnia, such as hypnotics like Ambien (or ADs like Remeron and Trazadone, but I don't know how they interact w/ Parnate) or APs like Seroquel.
But, per the benzo route, I would look at Xanax or Restoril for sleep, and Valium during the day. While Valium is similar to Klonopin, I personally found it easier to tolerate.