I've been on Klonopin (clonazepam, because my pockets aren't that deep) for a little over a year now and only take it as required for my panic attacks. I will take usually 1-2 (1mg) tablets per WEEK, so I'm not taking much. In fact my doctor only prescribes me 8 (1mg) tablets per month.
I've just noticed that clonazepam doesn't kick in very fast (about an hour) if taken orally, (about 30 mins) if taken sublingually.
Do you think if I express this to my doctor and tell her I've read online that Xanax kicks in faster, that she's be willing to give it a try?
I just want quicker relief from these attacks... I JUST had one, it was horrible.
Added 17 Aug 2018:
Does anyone have suggestions how I should bring this up to my Dr? Should I tell her I've done research and found that Xanax might be better for my situation, or should I tell her I'd like the Klonopin to kick in faster, and ask her, "have any ideas?"
Yeah, Xanax kicks in faster yet you can develop chemical dependence on it easier. As you only take it as needed, it should not be too much of a problem. Xanax can make you feeling confused and difficult to concentrate though.
16 Aug 2018
I don't see why your doctor would not switch you unless he/she wants you to have a longer lasting effect. I was on Xanax for over 10 years. I NEVER had a problem with confusion or lack of concentration. As a matter of fact, I not only completed a degree in Behavioral Science but continued on to law school and then continued on for my Doctorate in Psychology. Xanax works great for immediate relief for panic and anxiety attacks. The ONLY reason I switched to Klonopin is because I wanted a long term relief and wanted to remain anxiety free throughout the day. If you want quick relief Xanax is your best bet. I'm speaking from dealing with years of anxiety and experience. Good luck!
The hard way
31 Oct 2018
Hey good people's.. Just thought to mention my 5cents worth.. After a long and arduous time getting off Xanax I certainly would have like an alternative. But sometimes no matter the choices albeit a wise one, decisions have to be made about your mental health.. Many of these drugs work well and are designed to. But what's being forgotten is the mention that you will have to do some mighty work on yourself and that takes some courage indeed. After many years of therapy and being as authentic as I could in a range of alternative treatment methods it came to a point where I couldn't eat, always sick, anxiety through the roof and just no peace. What id forgotten after 25 years was although I had good awareness, my body had literally forgotten how to deal with any type of distress. - Cue the work..
So to be brief I had to re-learn how to cope with uncomfortable feelings of any kind. Distress tolerance was the tag.. There's a range of different techniques esp with all the spritual and mind body soul stuff going around.. I genuinely had to drop my stuff and become open to that as pills alone wether getting on them or coming off them, I needed to do that.. Otherwise I would have gone crazy. We are complex. A pill will only do so much.. So meditating or listening to soft relaxing sounds before sleep. More fresh air. Breathing patterns. Good honest look at myself and what I can do to begin to not be so overwhelmed by my feelings.. Years later I still have my battles but I can tell you confidently the anxiety now is a completely tamed beast.. And at my worst I didn't think I could survive another day.. It takes wholistic care. A well rounded approach. Not just the right meds. They're not as far as I know an anti pychotic in that sense.. (I might be wrong) So good luck everyone but please be prepared to do other things while taking what you do.. Cheers
1 Nov 2018
Hello Swallowin-Klonopin, From my experience, doctors don't like to hear that you researched this or that! I'm sure that she knows that Xanax kicks in faster then Klonopin! I would ask her if she would be willing to prescribe Xanax for you, but bear in mind that it does not last very long... 4 to 6 hrs. I personally prefer Alprazolam (Xanax) for my anxiety.
Take care & be well
23 Dec 2018
I would not tell your Dr that you found this online . I've actually seen signs in Drs offices that say do not research online. Drs really don't like that we can get answer that way! And probably won't listen to you. Better to go in and just tell the Dr that you would like to try xanax and see if it helps you better than the clonazepam. Good luck.
4 Feb 2021
I was wondering, has anyone thought of the extended alprazolam tablet. You take once in the morning and is supposed to work, I’ve been researching as well and saw that. i’ve just been prescribed clonzapan and I too find that it doesn’t kick in as soon as I would like but also mor importantly that I have to remember to carry the second dose pill on me if I leave the house. I would prefer taking one in the morning and not having to worry. Any one familiar ?