anyone know the diffence between xanax and Klonopin?

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   Posted 5/12/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to get off of Xanax because I feel that now I am using too many of them and they don't seem to last as long as before and I am taking more of them now. Can you tell me the difference between xanax and Klonopin? I called my pdoc and he is calling in a prescription for Klonopin. What are the side effects of this one?

Another reason that I want to get off xanax is that I am also on Prozac. 40mg a day. From what I understand this is suppose to help with anxiety.

I tried cutting back on the xanax over the weekend and I felt like I was going through withdrawals. The anxiety was worse that when I started and it seem like I was at times having a panic attack which I never had before in my life.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I personally do not know the difference between the two of these drugs, but I bet there is someone here who does.  You can also look it up on the internet and try to find out the differences.  Good luck.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Good evening,

There are a large number of benzodiazepines available. There are major differences in potency between different benzodiazepines, so that equivalent doses vary as much as 20-fold. Benzodiazepines also differ markedly in the speed at which they are metabolised (in the liver) and eliminated from the body (in the urine).

Regardless of their potency, speed of elimination or duration of effects, the actions in the body are virtually the same for all benzodiazepines. Reference: Professor C Heather Ashton DM, FRCP

Choosing which med is the best for you should be agreed upon between you and your physician.  Take care and keep posting. :-)
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   Posted 5/13/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wen

I have just started taking meds for anxiety and panic in the last four weeks (although have suffered most of my life, I am 39 now) and this has been my experience just last week and over the weekend.

I took Xanax for 2 weeks which I had got from one doc as mine was away for 3 weeks and I was feeling really bad. When I went to see my original doc he did not like me taking it so switched me immediately to Valium. I think the Xanax was helping as I was waking up feeling dopey but more calm and managing to get through the days.

However, the morning after I stopped taking the Xanax I felt really awful again, v shaky, major anxiety and panic which I was finding v difficult to get under control. He didn't mention any withdrawal to me at the time but I called him again as I was concerned, at which point he said that it was probably the withdrawal of the Xanax and could also be partly the switch to the new med Valium which was not working yet. I wish he had told me this previously as I would have probably gone against the switch at this time! The feelings were equally as bad and sometimes worse than before I started taking it as you mentioned.

Could you maybe give your doc a call and tell them what you are feeling, at least then they can probably put your mind at ease (if that is possible, hard I know) as to what you could expect from the change etc.

Take care and hope you start to feel better.b

Honey Bee :-)

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   Posted 5/13/2008 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I would also call your doc and ask what you will be facing with the change of meds but I am sure it should not be too bad

I take valium and for me they work within a half hour and have a longer life.......''Let us know how you make out k

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   Posted 5/13/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I take ativan, not xanax, but I did have some withdrawal anxiety from it recently. I'd been taking 1-1.5 mg a day for about a week and then cut back to less than 0.5 mg a day. The first 3 days or so I felt very freaked. A psychologist friend referred to it as "rebound anxiety." Maybe you're going through the same thing after your xanax? Hopefully, your doctor will know.

Please keep us posted! Good luck.


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   Posted 5/17/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   

The only medically researched method of tapering off benzodiazepines such as Xanax was done by Dr. Heather Ashton of England. For 12 years (1982-1994) she ran a benzodiazepine withdrawal clinic at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her work in the field of benzodiazepine (“benzos”) withdrawal syndrome resulted in what has become known as the Ashton Manual. It can be downloaded at or purchased from

Dr. Ashton recommends changing the faster-acting benzos such as Xanax for an equivalent dose of Valium and using the Valium to get a smoother, more controlled taper. Chapter II of her manual outlines the equivalent strength of Xanax (1 mg. Xanax = 20 mg. Valium) as well as other commonly used benzos. Withdrawal schedules are also suggested for various doses of Xanax and several other benzos.

Another alternative for tapering off Xanax is known as Water Titration. It was developed for those who are unable to get their doctors to prescribe Valium or simply did not want to use Dr. Ashton’s crossover method. This method involves mixing one’s daily Xanax dose with a fixed amount of water. By gradually eliminating the amount of water, one can slowly reduce the daily amount of Xanax. Further information about Water Titration including PowerPoint demonstrations can be found at An Excel spreadsheet has also been developed which can be downloaded and customized for individualized schedules/doses at

A support network is a key ingredient for successfully withdrawing from Xanax or any other benzo. One such group is the Yahoo Benzo group at where one can receive support from the group’s moderators and members alike. The collective knowledge of the group is derived from years of aiding people who sought and obtained freedom from Xanax and other benzos. Membership is free and open to all who are seeking to become “benzo-free.”

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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks everyone for the great input, I don't know much about klonopin but I take xanax occasionaly but not a lot because I find that it is quite addictive, as everyone else has said Timmysang, it's best to check with your doctor on this one.  Goodluck and keep us posted. I hope things improve for you

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   Posted 8/15/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hi percycat, just wanted to throw in a little bit of my knowledge of benzodiazepines such as klonopin=clonazapam-zanax=alprazolam etc ,but with my experience after 3 docs 2 phics we finally figured it out alprazolam is great for the day time just carry a couple make sure they are not xr they need to be immediate realease it really works when your out shopping and for what ever unknown reason we start sweating, shaking, chills feal the need to run. I f you can feal that starting take your alprazolam. Then about half hour to an hour before bed take the clonazapam it's more of a an anxiety/sleep med to help your brain take a break and stop those rasing thoughts, hopefully you have an understanding doc because I understand what works for some but not for others. My only warning with benzodiazepines is you build a fast tollerance so remember only take them if you feal them coming on k. Good luck finding a good doc, heres my saying (
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   Posted 8/15/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
The difference between Clonazepam and Xanax has to do with "half-life" as well as how fast the "onset" of the med is.

Xanax works very fast (usually within 20min) - clonazepam takes much longer, so it has a lower addiction rate because it doesn't give you the "quick-fix"

HOWEVER - Clonazepam has a long half-life, so you don't get rebound anxiety in a couple of hours.

If you want more info on half-life/etc, check out the link below and if you have any other questions about benzos, simply ask!

Good Luck.............
Edit, I fixed your link. turn

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 8/15/2008 7:28:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/15/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   

KSgirl2008 and Harper,

Thank you for your posts and we are happy to have you. We have a thread for newbies to introduce themselves so it would be great to have you each share a bit about you. turn

Thanks again for your input.

Post Edited (stkitt) : 8/15/2008 7:29:01 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/15/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken xanax as needed for about 10 years. I take a weak dose (.25). I take these for airplane trips, super bad news, job interviews, when I'm depressed and can't cope, etc. If I'm overwhelmed and need a nap I'll take one and it will relax me. I can go a month without any and then take them for several days in a row. When I was in a serious depression I took 1 mg per day but got off it when I felt better. I haven't had any addiction problems or felt the need to up my dose.

I developed "Burning mouth syndrome" and one treatment for that is Klonopin. So my doc dumped my xanax and put me on .5 on Klonopin a day. Frankly, I might as well be taking candy. I get no feeling whatsoever from the Klonopin. My BMS is getting better, but I don't know if it's the Klonopin.

If I had a choice for any anxiety problem, I'd definitely go for the xanax. Hands down.

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   Posted 8/16/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
THanks all for posts
AS Kitt said please do intro self in the thread for new members
I do hope you find this place as helpful as I have
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I dont take either of these meds I have always been on Valium and will be

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