ANXIETY/AGOROPHOBIA/IBS XANAX VS KLONOPIN

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ryleigh
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   Posted 9/15/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,   It has been along time since I have posted..  I have anxiety/agorophobia/IBS  I have had this for 10 years..  Long story short after 6 abd surgeries finally went to Cleveland Clinic last Nov and found that I had a bad gallbladder and appendix..  So had that surgery but am still sick..  Doctors now think that it is more psychological than physical..  I have tried ssris but they make me sick..  I have been on .25 xanax a day for about a year..  Sometimes I can go 3 days without taking it..  I have just been put on .5 Klonopin twice a day..  My question is..  Do I stop the xanax for awhile to get it out of my system before i start the Klonopin..  Or do I just start the Klonopin..  Will I have withdrawl??  I am always very nervous about taking new drugs.   Would appreciate anyone that has taken Xanax and has switched to Klonopin to answer..  THanks so Much!!!

Ryleigh


rehabnurse
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   Posted 9/16/2007 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. I am (not practicing anymore) an RN and if these people gave you a prescription for Klonopin to start and knew you used to take Xanax, I would just start the Klonopin.

I was myself just switched to Klonopin from Ativan. The good thing about Klonopin versus the short acting benzos like Xanax/Ativan is that they are more level. You will not have withdrawal if you can go 3 days without Xanax. Even though you have been on it for a year or so, the last dose you took is already out of your system and you can take the Klonopin without worry.

When you take Xanax, it works quickly, but also quickly wears off. Think of Klonopin as a smooth, stable agent that doesn't peak/fall and controls your anxiety better. It has worked much better for me so far, even though I didn't think it would.

I hope this helps. Good luck in feeling better. Long time stress and anxiety usually does horrible things to your body, I am proof of that.
DX: DDD, DJD, HNP L2-S1, OA, OP, intractable pain, severe asthma, COPD, migraines, endometriosis, uterine ca, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, chronic epstien-barr virus, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, avoidant personality disorder, social phobia, SLE, connective tissue disorder

MEDS: MS Contin 100mg q 6; MSIR 30mg q 6 PRN; Celebrex 200mg QD; Actiq 600mcg q 6 PRN; Lamactil 25mg BID; Klonopin 0.5mg BID, Cymbalta 60mg QD;
Ventolin 2 puffs q 6; Advair 500/50 one puff q 12, Multivitamin


ryleigh
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   Posted 9/16/2007 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,  THank you so much for the reply..  I am always afraid to try new drugs..  This helps me on how to take this one.   Thanks again..

Ryleigh


stkitt
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   Posted 9/16/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Ryleigh

Hi this is Kitt.  I was on Ativan for almost a year and before that I was on Traxene for over 20 years for my anxiety.  My Pdoc felt I had been on a benzos for so long that I should wean off.  We chose a longer acting medication, Valium,  to maintain a steadier level of the drug in my system. It will give you better coverage and a lot less side effect than taking short acting benzos.  As the short acting drugs wear off you coverage is gone and you may start to feel anxious all over again.

IMO you can switch from Xanax to Klonopin but you should take it on a regular schedule and not skip any doses.  You don't want to take both drugs together and you used the Xanax so sporadically you should not notice any withdrawal. 

You should have an insert from the drug company with your Klonopin that will give you all the information on Klonopin. What are the dosing directions on your pill bottle for when to take the Klonopin?

I will be looking for your posts.

Gentle Hugs.

 

 

 


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Kitt
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ryleigh
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   Posted 9/17/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Stkitt,   THank you so much for the reply..  I am so nervous about taking a new drug..  I hope it will be the key to helping me recover..

Ryleigh


stkitt
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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Ryleigh

It is normal to feel nervous over the meds as we hear so much about the meds both good and bad.  Remember everyone is different and each story is indivdual and uniquie to the person sharing.

I think trying the drug for you is a good choice.

Keep posting. Gentle Hugs.

Kitt

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