How long does klonopin (generic) usually take to work?

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kevinNY
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   Posted 9/3/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
So far i done 3 days taking .25mg twice a day. then i have done 3 days taking .5mg twice a day . tonite will be my 3 and half days of taking .5mg and i still feel nothing.

i heard it takes usually 72 hours . anybody have an experience they can share with me? thanks alot guys
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   Posted 9/3/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The dosage may need to be higher, I know when I was on a low dose it didn't feel like it was working either. I guess the dosage depends on your size and how severe the anxiety is. When I take mine (twice a day) I usally if calm don't notice anything or if I'm anxious like today I usually feel it working within the hour.

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   Posted 9/3/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Kevin

Maximum plasma concentrations of clonazepam are reached within 1 to 4 hours after oral administration. Dose range of 0.5 to 4 mg/day. Reference: PDR Pocket Guide 7th Edition

I am not sure who quoted you 72 hours and what exactly you were expecting to feel ?  What you should notice is a decrease in anxiety and panic attacks. Take care and keep posting.

 

 


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   Posted 9/3/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My experience with the drug is that I feel nothing. It sort of "silently" stops the panic attacks pushes anxiety to the background. Some people get sleepy when they first start taking it, but not everyone.

Have your panic attacks gone away? Decreased?
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   Posted 9/4/2007 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
The first day it was just a placebo affect. i still feel the same agitation as usual but i havent done anything to stressfull to really see yet.

but i still feel the same =\ i never even got the sleepy affect from it

is taking .5mg twice a day for 5 days (which i havent reached yet ) long enough to know i might need to increase the dose if i still feel nothing? thanks guys
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   Posted 9/4/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
That is a low dose I believe and you should not feel anything really but less anxiety and panic and perhaps some more relaxed and laid back .........

Everyone reacts differently to meds but as pointed out you should have had less a/p after 4 to 5 hrs once taken this is a faster acting med ...it is in the Benzo class not one that you have to wait 4 to 6 weeks for any noticable changes

You should talk to your doc about putting amount up or at least talk to him/her and explain IF you are NOT getting or finding any RELIEF whatsoever...dont just up it on your own what is your total dosage supposed to be ??
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kevinNY
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   Posted 9/4/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
she said start with .25mg for the first 3 days and then up it to .5mg twice a day. which i hav done for the last 4 days but still feel nothing =(
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   Posted 9/4/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
After five days it still hasn't quite reached a steady plasma state. Give it a little more time. For most people 1 mg/day does the trick. Give it a fair shot and if it doesn't help in, say, eight days, consider (with your doctor's consent) raising the dosage. And if that doesn't work, then you need to consider another medication because you don't really want to be in a situation where you're taking a high dose of Klonopin and have to taper from it.

So, four more days on 1mg/day, then reevaluate with your doc.

A lot of people don't like benzos, but one thing is for sure: they're almost universally effective. Very straightforward in how they work. Provided your diagnosis is correct and there's nothing else going on, the Klonopin should give you some relief. It is subtle, though.

Another thing I forgot to ask is if you're taking the real deal (Roche Klonopin) or a generic? Benzos have a very narrow therapeutic index and a switch to a better generic might be good for you. I've had good luck with Caraco.

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   Posted 9/4/2007 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks debaser. i called the doc and she said to take the .5mg 3 times day which i will do. and IF it works i can consider reducing the dosage again.

i think i hav the caraco brand as i seen you state the numbers on ur pills and ryan said he was unfamiliar with that caraco brand . i think my numbers were the same.

i just get worried cause with my history of anti depressants having no affect whatsoever on me i feel it will happen again (although this is different stuff). i just kinda hav my hopes up and every time i take the pill i'm thinking it might kick in now and then nothing happens. anyway thanks for your info man
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