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
- Ativan Drug Information
- Klonopin Drug Information
- Xanax Drug Information
- Clonazepam Drug Information
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