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?
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',
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.
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
The current recommendation is that the benzodiazepines only be used short term (4-6 weeks) while the patient is adjusting to an appropriate anxiolytic like an antidepressant or buspirone or for the treatment of an acute panic attack.
Long term use can lead to habituation, increased anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, memory loss, and many physical ailments.
I have been on both Klonopin and Xanax before and what I would suggest is going into your psychiatrist because that is the correct doctor that should be prescribing those type of medications not a primary doctor or any other kind because they more than likely do not understand the pros and cons of benzodiazepines which both of those are obviously. switching to Xanax might be the trick for you because everybody reacts differently with their chemistry to different medications and switching might make the Xanax more effective for you. I agree with what others have said that Xanax is designed to only be a short term solution while they have you on antidepressants that also address anxiety along with depression. I have been on Xanax now for over a year but I do take a low-dose and I also do take an antidepressant with him and do great on both of them.
Like someone else said as well when the problem starts is when you are starting to crave the affects of the Xanax and then begin to misuse it. If you did not start to see that with the klonopin then I doubt you will see that inclination to abuse the Xanax because they’re very similar. I agree with what somebody said before me I would just go into your psychiatrist and just let them know that your tolerance has built up being on that many years which they know happens and is there another benzodiazepine that you could switch to that might be more effective now and let them suggest which one. That way it doesn’t look like you’re coming in and seeking Xanax.
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