I've been on clonazepam for about five years at night for sleep and anxiety. I posted a reply to my old question but I'm new here and not sure if that's the correct way to ask another question. Right now I'm taking .5 mgs of clonazepam and .5 mgs of Xanax XR at night. I've only been doing this for five nights. Prior to five nights ago I was just getting down to .75 mgs of clonazepam. The idea is to lower the clonazepam while introducing the Xanax XR. This is my psychiatrists method. My GP said I can make a direct switch as long as the dose is the same. I was at 1 mg of clonazepam three weeks ago. She wanted me to switch to 1mg of XR at night and dose again during the day only if I need to. I feel like taking both at the same time isn't safe. I'm scared and confused. Have a call in my doc and an appt tomorrow. Today I have a headache, nausea and am exhausted. Wondering if it's clonazepam withdrawal? Just don't know what to do. My GP thinks I should switch over to Xanax XR and dose it twice a day so I have some daytime coverage during the day and not pile it on all at night. I have bad daytime anxiety. This started because I feel like clonazepam just makes me depressed and foggy. I'm also worried about having to taper off an extended release tablet down the road. She says she will wean me off but the reality is I'm the one who has to go through it. Not sure if I'd be better off just trying to get off the clonazepam. It doesn't seem to be effective anymore. Is transitioning over to Xanax XR a good idea?? I guess I'm looking for experiences from those that have been on the XR and or both meds. Just not sure which way to go and being anxious isn't helping me make a decision. Thank you so much for any input.
This question has also been asked and answered here: Klonopin vs Xanax - How are they different?
If you have bad anxiety in reality, Klonopin is a better medication for you. Xanax has a quicker onset and a shorter half life. This means if your having an anxiety attack and you need to take it quickly, the effect is faster. Klonopin has a longer half life and has a smoother onset. A lot of people start to say they feel like they arent taking it but in reality, you just dont get that little buzz like you do with xanax. Konopin has a longer half life so it works longer and stays in your system longer. This means its good for anxiety threw out the day, not just a panic attack. If any of that makes sense. Ive never done the xanax XR but of the two, my preference is klonopin. I have GAD and it helps me so much.
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