I am newly prescribed Ativan. I have been on Klonopin for over 10 years. I take 1 mg of Klonopin as needed twice daily. They prescribed me 0.5 mg of Ativan, and I had a panic attack last night so I took the 0.5 mg of Ativan and didn’t feel a relief. But then I took my regular klonopin and it helped. Is the dosage just too low?
Aren't medication changes frustrating? From experience, research, and knowledge, Ativan is the most mild benzodiazepine in its class. Klonopin stays in your body much longer than Ativan. This keeps you stable for a longer period of time. Ativan starts working immediately and doesn't last very long. Klonopin is more potent than Ativan. For me, 1mg of Klonopin wasn't even comparable to the strength of 4mg of Ativan. I'm not suggesting you increase your dose on your own. Ativan is usually prescribed 3-4 times a day though, as needed. Klonopin needs only to be taken twice a day because of its long half-life. I have been on all the benzos, and it is imperative that you are prescribed them correctly for relief of the symptoms you need it for. Talk to your doctor. Be honest and tell him what is not working for you. I hope this provides some answers.
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