Xanax or klonopin- which is making me feel increased anxiety

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   Posted 9/18/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys

I took klonopin for 2 weeks, reaching 2mg split through the day. (it had no good or bad affect on me)

i then met my doctor after the 2 weeks and was prescribed xanax. i quit the klonopin cold turkey (cause i didnt think 2 weeks was long enough to get withdrawal) .

i took .5mg xanax that night and then took 4mg the next day(wednesday) and it worked wonders.

then came saturday and i felt extra nervous (the last thing i took was the 4mg of xanax wednesday night). so saturdaynight i took 3mg of xanax and felt fine. even sunday i was fine

then comes monday and today and i feel extra nervous.

my question is, am i in withdrawal from the 2 weeks of klonopin use?:
or is xanax having a delayed rebound anxiety affect on me?

i find it weird that it would be xanax giving me problems 2 days later and not the immediate day after but is it weird to have increased anxiety (withdrawal) from 2 weeks of klonopin use?
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   Posted 9/19/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   

IMHO I do not think you are having withdrawal from Klonopin but you are all over the place with your doses of Xanax which could be causing your anxiety to be uncontrolled.

What is your dosing instruction for the Xanax?  It would help to know what the Doctor ordered? :)


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   Posted 9/19/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I was prescribed .5mg of xanax, not for daily use but as needed. i tried .5mg one night and it had no affect the next day i took 3.5mg and it worked fine. it didnt make me drowsy or give me any euphoric feelings, it just made me absolutely normal. which is why i feel its around the target dose.

but there was no specific instructions on how much to take as nothing really works for me, so if i kept taking .5mg until i see her next she will just say take more.

can you give me an idea of how much xanax people are taking on an as needed basis. i heard 4mg is quite common. thanks for the reply

i feel alittle better today. friday is when i will next take xanax (my last time will have been saturday) . so if i feel even better by friday and then after taking xanax i get worse again by sunday or monday then i guess it will be the xanax.

but is this something you've heard of. someone taking xanax (generic) at 3.5/4mg once or twice a week and having a rebound anxiety affect?

thanks again for you're time
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Post Edited (kevinNY) : 9/19/2007 12:43:44 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/20/2007 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, as a short acting benzo, it does cause many people to have rebound anxiety symptoms when they come down.

I wouldn't totally rule out Klonopin withdrawal, either. Two weeks is about the time necessary for it to reach a steady plasma level. The withdrawal shouldn't be unbearable for most people at that point, but my guess is that they'd feel something. If you were taking the Xanax regularly enough to "replace" the Klonopin it would likely alleviate the withdrawal phenomena, but the thing is you can't really replace Klonopin with Xanax because of their different half lives among other things.

Xanax is a drug you have to be very careful with, in my opinion. Four milligrams of Xanax is quite a bit. I certainly wouldn't take that much on any kind of regular basis at all. Take what works for you, but make sure your physician knows what you're doing and that your physician is a good one. You do NOT want to get hooked on that stuff. If you only take it once or twice a week I'd guess you'd be alright in terms of addiction, but from certain things you said I'd look for a second medical opinion if I were you.

Xanax is a potent drug and doctors should tell their patients how to use it, and even more importantly, how not to use it.
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   Posted 9/20/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks debaser. Yea its very worrying. i'll know by the weekend if its the xanax cause my anxiety has gone back to a normal level. I'll be taking 3.5mg of xanax tomorrow so if my anxeity increases again it has to be the xanax
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