I am on Klonopin for anxiety and panic attacks and it does not work. Trying to find out whether Xanax or Valium will be the best for me? I thank you for any help.
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Klonopin in my opinion is the weakest of the benzo's yes I do believe the strongest is the xanax it is more up there than the valium and klonopin. So the order would go xanax,valium,and klonopin some others may have a different opinion on this matter but I have tried them all and this is how I feel about them. I do also believe that the xanax and valium both work at the same pace they both work just as fast within an hour.
Xanax is a much more quickly working drug that is short-acting. Valium takes longer for the effects to be felt but does last longer, although in my opinion is not as strong as xanax especially considering the highest dose of valium is 10mg which is equal to the second lowest dose of xanax 0.5mg. If you are talking panic attacks I would surely reccomment the xanax i am on 2mg a day now as needed and it really helps quick when i feel one comming on so i can catch it before it gets bad.
jasperbrown-8 I am struggling to give you the right answer here, I would leave the valium out no matter, their generics are not very good and brand name for anything is pricey. As far a Xanax goes, it works quickly,but has a very short half-life. If you are planning to stay on them any amount of time your need for a dosage increase may become more frequent than some of the alternatives, if you become "chemically dependant" on them, you can take it in the morning and be feeling withdrawal as soon as 12 hour later. Klonopin on the other hand, once you get the desired affect of anxiety relief you may not have to increase your dosage for years. Those are a few things to consider before choosing a tranquilizer.Klonopin is the least abused of the three types you mentioned as it was originally invented for seizure control, there is no "high feeling" from Klonopin. It is a personal choice but stay armed with knowledge of what medications are available to you.
There are still many, many more. Lorazepam is good if your dose puts you in a comfort zone from anxiety and panic attacks! You need to go to the top of this site and find out what is available to fit your needs. Perhaps you can couple it with a mood stabilizer. These are the questions your doctor can assist you with, I know just how real anxiety attacks can be. You have already gotten some good information. Read up on them and you and your doctor can work together on the best plan for you. Good Luck! Fall Queen
I took Valium for over a year for muscle spasms. It works pretty quick, probably within 30 min or so. There is a addiction threat to it though. If you take it only as prescribed you should be ok. I do know alot of people are addicted to xanax and its potential for abuse is worse.
Fall Queen (as usual) gave you some excellent advice. Personally, I think valium works the quickest and lasts longer than xanax. Obviously each person reacts differently to all kinds of meds. But I do not take them for panic attacks or anxiety. I use them to relax my muscles. I basically had my mid spine rebuilt after an accident. The valium does help control the extreme spasms. Have you ever seen an arm jump 3 feet off the bed out of the blue? It's quite the site! The only thing I can add is for you to find a little comfort in knowing you have many people here to help you get through this. My very best wishes,
Anxiety and panic attacks are quite different in nature, and the two drugs work very different so it really depends on what you want to get out of your medication.
For a panic attack, Xanax is the point of call. It’s fast-acting, doesn’t linger in your system, but like other ppl here have warned, the incidence of dependency can be quite high.
Valium builds up in your system over time, 2-5mg up to 3 times a day will reduce overall general anxiety symptoms, so over time your panic attacks will be less volatile and not as easily triggered.
For a short time my psychiatrist had me on both, Valium for long term use, so that I could work with my therapist on my anxiety to take control of my life. Was also on Xanax short term - a few weeks taken as required for times of high stress until the Valium had built up in my system. Worked great for me personally, no longer require Xanax at all, which is less risky.
Don’t forget that meds are only a stop-gap, they do not fix the cause of your anxiety. Only you yourself can take control and develop strategies so that eventually medication will not be required
Benzodiazepines are now prescribed by most doctors for short term use only as they A) do not address the causes of anxieties, B) are highly habituating, and C) because longer term use has been shown to actually cause increased anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and memory loss.
Skip the benzos except for the immediate control of panic attacks while initiating alternative therapies.
I take Effexor for anxiety, panick attacks, OCD, and depression. It works pretty well! It doesn’t make you necessarily put on weight either.
Out of all of the benzodiazepines Valium has the longest half life so using Valium for things like panic attacks wouldn’t be as effective as the faster working benzos such as Xanax. The biggest difference between the two Xanax is a fast acting and Valium isn’t. I’ve had panic attacks and Xanax works a lot better than the rest of the benzos. However since everyone is different not everyone will achieve the same effect from each benzodiazepines.
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