I have been on Clonazepam for 16 years for anxiety, and it seems like I have developed a tolerance to it (Shocking after just 16 years, I know... ) Ativan was an unpleasant replacement. It made me very lethargic and I had to take it like 3-4 times a day, not as needed like with Clonazepam. I also experienced amnesia within the first 3 days use it. Is Xanax a viable alternative or will i likely already have a high tolerance to it because of the long-term usage of Clonazepam?
10 Jun 2012
It could be an alternative and yes your tolerance may be an issue. Best bet is to address this with the prescribing physician and let him/her come up with the alternatives. Best not to suggest the alternative yourself let the Doc take the first step. Hope this helps.
10 Jun 2012
I hope a psychiatrist was the prescribing physician for your clonazepam. Being a psych patient for 43 years with GAD, panic attack disorder among others, I was prescribed clonazepam every 12 hours and it has nicely controlled my symptoms for many, many years. I have never heard of a psych patient given clonazepam on an as needed basis. It kind of defeats the purpose of the medication. I was told that, taken on scheduled times, I wouldn't experience the debilitating symptoms Amy longer. That is true.
Clonazepam has a very long half life and also stays quite a while in your system, relieving symptoms for days before you notice anxiety or panic. One the other hand, if you only have symptoms when you experience certain stressors, for a short period of time, a short acting benzodiazapine might be okay. I dunno. But I would talk to your shrink about going on it every day to alleviate symptoms. Xanax is short term, clonazepam is long term ... you've been on it 16 years for a reason.
I definitely would have a heart to heart with my doc. Just sayin',
10 Jun 2012
The half life for Xanax is ten hours. At that point it is not very effective. Though there are lingering effects. I agree with hippie chick that you need to talk with your physician and carefully go through your reasons for change and your expectations. The psychiatrist is the expert. A good conversation will come of this with that doctor. Take notes with you.
11 Jun 2012
I suggest you read the links I am providing below. Since you did not list your ager group (shich is important in administering any drug) or other history, I believe it is important to read the prescribing info completly. If you have any other questions regarding this I suggest you contact the prescribing physician... Mary
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