Whats the deal with Klonopin?

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   Posted 2/8/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
So I just started it(GAD and occasional PA's) and the doc said to take 1/2 to 1 tab every 8 hours. I had taken the occasional 0.25 xanax before this but not regularly. The Klonopin is probably working but does not make me feel as calm as the xanax. Do you think I should just take one whole Klonopin instead of the 1/2? I am on Effexor XR the lowest dose for a week, then will go up to the 75mg(for 10 years I took the non XR effexor). Maybe when the Effexor XR kicks in I will feel less anxious I hope?
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   Posted 2/8/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I dont know much about meds but I would talk to your doc about a change in dosage. I wouldnt do it alone...
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   Posted 2/8/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
for me Klonopin is more of a med to take every day to try and avoid anxiety, not the best med i've had to stop it. But it has kept a lot of my anxiety away. I have a high tolerance and during a bad, severe attack, I have to take like 3 or 4 1 mgs.

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   Posted 2/8/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Klonopin is longer-acting than Xanax and far less sedating, so it takes a little while to build a steady blood-level. It's a good drug for long-term treatment of chronic anxiety and panic disorder, but doesn't work as quickly as Xanax in stopping a panic attack.

Definitely check with your doctor if you have any questions on dosage.

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   Posted 2/9/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
theres a risk that any new benzo will sedate you strongly until you get used to it, making you appear to be drunk, so I would satrt with a small dose

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   Posted 2/9/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Geebs, it's a med that does take time to build up to have an effect. It's not an instant fix like Xanax etc.

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   Posted 2/20/2007 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, my experience with Klonopin is that it takes about an hour to work, but it doesn't work really effectively until you take it regularly for a couple of days.  Some people can just take as needed but that did not seem to work with me.
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