Has anyone ever taken Diazepam in place of klonopin for anxiety/panic attacks, extreme anxious behavior? I am taking Celexa/Klonopin together for my condition however I have been given and kept to only 20/ .5mg per dose or as needed every month... The doctor seems to be so unbelievably concerned about addiction/and too, eventual outcome of the addiction properties of Klonopin and eventually tapering off... I have been on Klonopin several times now in my time of being on psych meds and in Florida was eventually switched to the use of diazepam... some side effects that are getting more prevalent now are itching, mostly on arms, crying excessively, withdrawing a little more than in the last 4 months and chills... I am beginning to think that it is the taking of the klonopin here and there throughout the month and then running out of course and feel that all these things are connected. What are your views on Diazepam/in same family as drug(s)... versus Klonopin... my groupie/d.com members/friends , could you please help blaze 22 with this...
Question posted by blaze22 on 22 Feb 2011
Last updated on 31 December 2018
Hi blaze 22, I was on Klonopin 0.5 mg for a about 6 months and during the weaning of period was prescribed 5mg Diazepam daily. It helped me a lot and when I stopped taking Klonopin I never had any reactions.The diazepam worked well for me and now I am on 5mg diazepam at pm + 30 mg Mirtazepine at bedtime. This combo has helped me lead a normal life so far. But all this was on my docs advice .Consult your doc and follow his advice faithfully.
I was switched from klonopin 2mg 3xday to diazapam 5mg 3xday and had horrible side effects. Crying, dizzy spells, sleeping and more. In my opinion, Klonopin works much better. Hope this helps!
To help you compare the different benzodiazapenes, try googling "comparison of benzodiazapenes" and several sites will come up with useful info. I just tried this and thought I would share with you.
Let me just share a little info about the differences between the activity of diazepam and klonopin.
Diazepam has a more rapid onset of .5 to 2 hours then Klonopin which is 1 -4 hours. The elimination of diazepam is 20 - 80 hours while that of klonopin is 30- 40 hours.
So, that means that diazepam acts quicker and depending on the person stays in the body longer. Diazepam and klonopin are both benzodiazapenes, as you know, so they are both prescribed for anxiety while diazepam also is prescribed for muscle spasms.
You may well get better relief from valium (diazepam) but that would be up to the doctor. Can't hurt to ask him/her. Sounds like he is very reluctant to prescribe the benzo in the first place so be prepared for his answer.
What dose of celexa are you on? Maybe you need a dose change or a switch in the antidepressant? Just my thoughts since you speak of crying and withdrawing.
I do wish you the best Blaze and keep in touch,
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