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Klonopin - what is the average adult dosage?

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DrDavidB 26 Dec 2014

I have an Anxiety Disorder, for which I have been prescribed 2mg of Klonopin, 3 times a day. My doctor told me on my last visit for refills that I am taking the highest dosage of Klonopin. He said that I was "maxed out", and that he can't prescribe any higher dosage that I am already taking. Most people I know who are on Klonopin are taking .5 mg, 3 times per day. There is no "average adult dosage" for Klonopin. It's entirely up to your doctor what dosage he feels is the best. Before I started seeing him (my Doctor is an Anxiety Specialist, and feels that I need to take the 2mg 3x per day. I used to take Lorazepam (Ativan), 2mg 3 x per day, but found that my tolerance for this drug was high, and I took much more than I was prescribed. It just wasn't working for me, and did not control my Panic Attacks, or my Anxiety. I ended up in the hospital because I was using more than I should, and ran out of the medication long before my next scheduled refill, and found myself in withdrawal. It was while I was in the Emergency Room, did a doctor recommend the Anxiety Doctor I am now seeing. It was a blessing, and I found that the Klonopin he prescribed worked really well, and I didn't have to take any more that was prescribed. Perhaps I am giving you more information that you asked for, but in order for me to answer your question, I feel I needed to give you a background, so that you might understand better the "average" dosage. It all depends on the level of your Anxiety. That said, the average adult dosage for Klonopin is what your doctor feels is best. Many people take .5mg's and they find that it works fine. In my particular case, I needed the max dosage because of my condition, and my tolerance for other Anxiety meds. Tell your doctor the severity of your anxiety. make sure he/she knows how bad your condition is, and accept the prescription he gives you. If it is a small dosage, and you find it works well for you, great. If you decide that your Anxiety is not managed by his prescribed dosage, tell him that too, and perhaps he will "up" the dosage. But keep in mind that doctors do not like a patient "self prescribing", so don't ask for a higher dosage, just tell him that your Anxiety is not being managed by his prescription. Allow him to make the decision on your dosage. There is really no "average" dosage - it all depends on the severity of your Anxiety.

balbanese 28 Dec 2014

Varies greatly from person to person, when considering the need, meds folks are already on when switching, etc., would be very difficult to come up with an average.

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