Xanax should only be taken as needed anyway. Klonopin is a good drug for maintenance. Kitt's given you a basic rundown on why.
He's probably talking about
.5 mg twice a day, which is the standard therapeutic dose for Klonopin. Taking it this way, you will achieve a "steady state" in terms of the amount of the drug in your bloodstream (due to the long half-life). Just as with Xanax, you cannot just stop taking it one day. You become physically dependent. Unlike Xanax, though, it is not addictive. I've been on .5 mg twice a day for several years now and have not had a need to increase my dose. It's as effective today as it was the day I started taking it.
I've always heard that there's a problem with mixing Xanax and Klonopin, so I'd ask your physician and perhaps a pharmacist about
that. My friend has a prescript
ion for both and sometimes when she takes the Xanax she experiences a paradoxical reaction. Not every time, and individuals are different of course, but it's worth asking about
. Ideally the Klonopin would eliminate the need to take Xanax.
If you have been taking Xanax on a regular basis, though, you may or may not experience some withdrawal for a few weeks as you switch your "main drug". The friend I talked about
above was in the same position you are in. Took Xanax only, then switched to Klonopin. The first week or two was fairly rough on her. High anxiety, etc, but she got over it and has done much better on the Klonopin since then. For example, she was agoraphobic. Recently she flew to Chicago to attend a party. She goes to her kids' softball tournaments and piano recitals. To the grocery store. Anything she wants to do, for the first time in years she's able to do it. That's not ALL Klonopin of course but it's a big part of the equation.
I'm not a doctor, either.