The Clonazepam is making me more depressed . My doctor says that for a lot of people Xanax XR is less depressing. I mainly have anxiety with some depression. I don't seem to respond well to SSRIs although Zoloft worked for me initially. Thanks for the help
anna11; Yes they are both used for many of the same things, But if your getting increased depression from the Clonazepam It is well worth the try normally Clonazepam stays in your system longer.But because your doctor is switching to the Xanax xr the extended release it well stay in your system longer than the standard Xanax Really sounds like your Doctor knows what he or she is doing I really would not worry about the change also they have been using Xanax Xr much longer for panic attacks.Good luck to you hope this helps solve your problem.
Hi Anna, Chuck just about said it all but I have one more thing. Xanax XR has a far better long term use side effect profile than Clonazepam which needs to be taken habitually for full effect.
I know this is an extremely old post, but the Klonopin is a much safer, and better medication to take.
It has a much longer half life than Xanax, and can stay in your body's system for up to 30+ hours as to where Xanax is literally only 8 hours tops (the XR's are 16+ hours).
Klonopin is the longest half life benzo.
If you're still on Xanax XR I highly suggest tapering down, and switching to Klonopin 2mg. Once tapered off properly, you'll see the big difference.
Klonopin worked so much better for me than Xanax, and I was prescribed 3 times 2mg a day. Now I only need one 1mg Klonopin tablet a day, which I take in 2 halfs.
Everyone is different, and everyone's body reacts differently.
But don't be alarmed..
Any Benzo will help benzo withdrawal in the sense you may feel some discomfort still, but in reality it's all in your head. You won't have a seizure as long as your body has a benzo in it. I.e. Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, etc.. It's not a good idea to go from Klonopin to Xanax.
Valium is the second longest half life in comparison to Klonopin. I don't personally have any experience with using Valium for a w/d comfort, but iv3 heard miracle stories.
I really hope you're good now.
I'm in the process of trying to taper off Klonopin, and benzos completely.
I never abused these drugs, always taken in moderation as prescribed, which I was given an initial prescription for Xanax for panic disorder, but once I realized I developed a super tolerance, and dependency I had to slowly quit, taper off, and switch to Klonopin.
Sorry for the late, and long response. Hope you're well now.
Sorry I am just now updating my research on different benzos. Personally, I suggest weaning very slowly. I cut my dosage by 1/8 every two weeks when leaving klonopin behind. It took me about four months to get off a 1mg tablet. It had limited a limited impact on my life. I also added Xanax during this process. I know a small dose probably has a negligible impact on symptoms but mine was coping mentally without something I was accustomed to for so long. I now take 0.5 mg of Xanax as needed. It only gives me a headache and limited anxiety now if I miss a dose. I also recommended reading up on NLP. I particularly like Dr. Richard Handlers book Get The Life You Want, but you need to read it through and prepare fornthe exercises. Good luck everyone.
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