Thanks for the additional space! I'm not sure why he has made this decision, only to say (without planting a "seed of expectation" - he works this way) that i would be pleasantly surprised. I would GREATLY appreciate someone enlightening me who has perhaps walked this path. I'm a little nervous about the outcome..and what he expects will happen. Thanks!
This question has also been asked and answered here: Klonopin vs Xanax - How are they different?
Klonopin is more "stable", and stays in your system much longer than Xanax. I also switched from Xanax to Klonopin mainly because as the Xanax would "wear off", I would reach for an "extra dose" which was always making me come up short near refill time. And also because the "withdrawls" from Xanax are both brutal AND dangerous. I had 2 seizures from Xanax withdrawls, even if only 1 or 2 days going without. I am now "VERY FUNCTIONAL" on the Klonopin, and will "never switch back to Xanax". I went from Xanax 2Mg. 3 times a day to Klonopin 2Mg. "twice a day". It's a very easy transition, so don't be alarmed. Good Luck.
As a heatlhcare professional and a a person who has taken xanax for the same amount of time and dosage, you have received a little to much "ahppy" thoughts about the switch. There seems to be no real person who talks about your direct question. So, as a person who was switched 2 months ago, strangely right through the holidays, which in the medical field is a big RED FLAG, depression and a time that can be a stressful time for many was a shock.
As for me this is what I experienced. It is not that great if you want to hear the "all is well" talk. I have had a very uneasy feeling for these past two months. My moods have shifted and I have had some nervousness that I have not felt in decades. I am easy nauseated. Xanax would always take care of that and now I wake up with nausea on many mornings. Klonopin does nothing for this. This has a lot to do with our dosage we were on as well as the bio chemistry that has been changed in our CNS.
As a Ortho/Neuro surgeon it is very disheartening to have to deal with this. I am a doctor who is being treated as though my colleagues DES fears are more important than my well being. Xanax was prescribed to me and I can really say that it got me through medical school for I know I would not have been able to without it.
So to answer your question with a remedy is this. Unless you are also taking a prescription narcotic, there is no reason you cannot find another physician who understands your needs if you feel as though Klonopin is not for you. One thing I could tell you is that you can always use the very reason that I did and was put back on Xanax, it creates ED. You may look that one up This is only if switching physicians is not an option.
Remember this though, only you know what is working for you and what is not. If Klonopin is working for you it is a great switch. The lasting longer is purely metaphysical and partial psychological. If it were not than we would not be having this conversation. Xanax is stronger and lasts about the same with a half life of about 7.2 hours. So what I am saying is if you are uneasy and feel any symptoms from the pass, very hard to misidentify, do not hesitate to find the relief you deserve and you should never feel any guilt for doing so. If you are a better you on he Xanax vs.the Klonopin demand that you be allowed the relief you obviously managed well for 20 years.
Count yourself blessed that your doctor made this decision for you. I also have been on xanax for many years and have suffered countless granmal seizures due to over use and tolerance to alprazalam... I now have nuro brain damage due to these seizures... My last one was 37 minutes long and I died, luckely I was brought back by EMT on route to ER HOSPITAL. Praise GOD... Here is your probable answer to why your doctor changed you're meds... Clazapam has an 18-50 hour half-life , alprazalam has only " if your lucky" 8-12 hours half-life... The clazapam is a blessing to you and you DONT realize it yet... One thing... Kiss those Euphoria days over for a little while.. Clazapam comes on smooth and last many hours. Leaving you not having to reach out for your xanax bottle as soon as the euphoria effects wear off... Ease into it and one thing you MUST... KEEP IN MIND... " STAY OUT OF YOU'RE HEAD... you've been on benzos long enough to know what that means... Your gonna be greatful my friend.. Trust me... :-).. PS..ATTENTION... I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NOR CAN I GIVE OUT ANY MEDICAL ADVICE , ALL THAT I HAVE STATED HAS BEEN FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ONLY... thankyou my friends.. And good luck!
Those is kind of a delayed response but hope it helps..
Everyone is different..
I found it best to taper down from Xanax before asking my Doc to switch me to Klonopin..
I was taking 2mg of Xanax a day (a quarter of a bar R039's every 4-6 hours) for 3 years until I decided to switch because I'm trying to remove benzos from my life, and go strictly CBD since it's legal in all 50 states as well as medicinal Marijuana in my state.
Anyway, after requesting 1mg tablets to use to taper down, you just keep giving yourself enough so you don't feel like you're going to have a seizure i.e. break a 1mg blue tablet into 4 pieces.
Once I was down to 1mg a day, I switched to 2mg Klonopin, and other was such an easier transition to go from taking pieces of 1mg tablets feeling like I was going to have a seizure every few hours, I didn't feel the need to take any pieces of klonopin, or did I have to take anymore than 1 a day.
Now I'm down to 1mg Klonopin a day. I take the actual "Roche Klonopin" name brand made by Genentech. It's a lot better than the generic version.
Try asking your doctor to taper you to a lower dose of Xanax before you switch. It'll make the transition so much easier..
Hope this helps.
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