Another question about klonopin

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   Posted 9/25/2006 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
 Soo like i said before im perscribe .5 mgs. twice a day, but i dont wake up at the same time everyday or sleep at the same time, so i was wondering can it be taking as needed, and how many hours after my first dose of .5 do i need to wait. my first dose was between 3-4 pm and now its 1 18 am here, would it be ok to take my other .5 dose now, even thos it hasnt been a whole twelve hours, cuz it says take twice daily, which is 12 hrs. so im making sure is it safe to take it now at this time? cuz im feeling a little bit panicky, and if i wait the wole 12 hrs it will be about 3 am, which i dont want to wait that long. Thank you

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   Posted 9/25/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
no I was perscribed the same thing and I asked the same question to my doctor, its more of a emergency medication for most people (ex: suddenly having a panic attack) and .5mg isnt that much so 12 exact hours is not a really big deal
i would take one when I woke up and one later between 6 and 8 hours if i felt I needed it. my doctor told me if i get really stressed out to take two at a time (that makes you lose ALL emotion) but it does take the anxiety away.

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   Posted 9/25/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   

IMO K is best taken only as needed, we dont have anxiety every day

dont take it just before bed or you may lose the ability to fall asleep naturally, docs seldom think of this sadly eyes

it always helps to carry a few tablets with you when out so you can disolve 1 under the tongue if a panic attack or extreme anxiety suddenly happens, this way you can get out there and go places, visit friends and do things, with confidence yeah

K is a strong valium type med that was originally developed for epileptic siezures, but its just a stronger version of valium

.5mg isnt a strong dose, some take more when needed

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   Posted 9/26/2006 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
ok guys i never taken klonopin but pysch suggested it, do you think i would be better with the xanax im on it does really help but i worry about addiction which seems like whats goin on now? and is klonopin as addictive and withdraw as bad as xanax? and do you think it works as good? thanks alot

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   Posted 9/26/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
ok harry, my doc has me on it twice a day, sometimes 3 times a day when its real bad, not just when needed, ive done this for years. is this really bad for me??? if i look it up, i will scare myself lol so i thought you could put some insight as to what the long term is, and taking it regularly.

panicky, for me, it works wonders and lasts much longer than xanex, klonopin is time released they tell me, so when the anxiety goes up, it kicks in more. Im not sure about withdrawls, my doc says we will get to that when i get better. hmmmmmm
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   Posted 9/26/2006 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I swear by klonopin for anxiety! I take a half of .5 pill on non-stress planned days. Up to a whole one if I have plans to go out or otherwise planned stress like tomorrow when I take my cat to the vets for shots. My doctor says it is time released and lasts the full 12 hours. I try to get up in the middle of the night (when I have to pee anyway) and take mine. That way, since it initially makes me drowsy, I can get a nap before starting the day. My doctor also said it is addictive, but not to worry about getting off it when the time comes :) Take your klonnie and relax!

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   Posted 9/26/2006 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, reading about the effects of Xanax, or anything else, is kind of scary.  But, Xanax has helped lived a "normal" life as possible.  I've been on this med since 2002.  Finding this phorum has been a blessing.  Thank you all of you.  I don't feel alone anymore or crazy. 

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   Posted 11/15/2012 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Xanax for a long time, taking it sort of "as needed," but ending up being more regular when I had kids because it was easier to just take it at breakfast, lunch and dinner times.  Xanax sort of works with relieving your anxiety with a spike up, then it spikes back down.  That is what I was told and experienced.  (Thus the desire to "need" it more often sometimes.) 
So they took me off of it and put me on Klonipin.  I took it 3 x a day at meal times.  It has worked pretty well for me.  I'm on a low dose.  I took it at bedtime for a while, and it was fine, but seemed unecessary to spend the money and take one then, so we stopped that.  My doctor said it is HIGHLY additive and I need to get off of it. 
Now they are suggesting Cymbalta or Prozac.  I'm having a hard time wanting to change.  It always takes such an adjustment period.  (Cymbalta has Prozac in it from what I'm told.) 
Any advice on those two drugs? 
Thanks.  I hope we all can find some great advice and answers for ourselves.  I never seem to get the ENTIRE story when I go to the doctor....

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   Posted 11/15/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
To the best of my knowledge, Klonopin  is a 'long haul' anxiety medication.    It has a longer 'half life' in the body than all other anxiety meds (meaning it lasts a lot longer). It's supposed to be taken on a continuing basis rather than an 'as needed' because of its ability to be in the blood stream for long periods of time.
However, that being said, many Drs. will order it to be used on an as needed basis.  Please check with your Dr. re how he feels you should use this med.
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   Posted 11/15/2012 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I agree with KITT, klonopin stays much longer in the body as compared to Xanax. I used to take both regularly, now i only take them on an as needed basis.

Panicky, if you are worried about addiction, sorry to say that both klonopin and xanax can be addicting as they both come from the benzo family. I dont know what dose xanax you are on so its hard to say, what I try to do is to only take benzo when it is ultimately necessary, when all natural methods are not sufficient.
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