Has anyone been on clonazepam ? I'm on it now but my Dr talked about switching me to Xanax for my panic disorder and severe anxiety. If I switch will i experience any withdrawal effects if I switch? I take 1.5 mg of klonopin a day and I've read switching to Xanax can result in withdrawal. I have been on clonazepam for almost two years now. Any feedback would be nice. Has anyone been through this or has successfully switched ???
You should gradually reduce from Klonopin. Switching immediately to Xanax after being on Klonopin for 2yrs may cause potential withdrawal symptoms.
I do know Xanax is supposed to be stronger than klonopin and faster. I'm sure your doctor will give you a taper schedule for klonopin if needed. If not ask for one.
Clonazepam is a long acting benzodiazepine, Xanax is much shorter acting. Usually doctors are doing it the other way around. Patients using Xanax are often recommended to switch over to Clonazepam or Diazepam to prevent interdose withdrawal symptoms. What is your doctor rational about recommending this switch? To avoid withdrawal symptoms your doctor needs to match your current dose of clonazepam to the equivalent amount of Xanax and consider that Xanax will leave your body sooner than your clonazepam so you might need to spread out your Xanax dosing. You are right to be worrying about withdrawal. I would recommend very slow taper away from your current Clonazepam when you feel ready, before tolerance to your current dose develops.
Tolerance symptoms are identical to withdrawal symptoms but people often do not connect the dots and think that their /tolerance withdrawal symptoms are the sign of some severe illness and go from doctors to doctors, from cardiologist, to ENT, to neurologist etc. When you have a chance look at the Ashton Manual, prepared by Dr. Heather Ashton to help people find answers and help with benzodiazepine withdrawal.
I think you’re making a good decision sticking with the Clonazepam. Many years ago I was in a similar situation with pretty much debilitating anxiety. I was prescribed Xanax, and let me tell you, that drug works wonders, I don’t even care what people say negatively about benzos. We have mental health disorders and we should not feel bad about taking the medications that help us. All that being said, Xanax (not extended release) gave me some challenging rebound anxiety (it helps out very fast, but leaves very soon) so my doc switched me to Clonazepam, which is another one that gets a bad rap, but it held my hand recovering from my final combat deployment. What it did was it gave me the chance to keep my life together and function as a human being. It allowed me to start building my “anxiety fighting toolbox” and all these medications have a place in my toolbox.
Through many years of therapy I’ve learned despite what we know about the human brain, there’s still a lot we don’t know. If you have found a medication that helps you be your best self, don’t think you “can’t be on it forever” If you do decide to switch or taper off, only do so under the guided help of a physician or pharmacist. I will also add you have a good doctor who trusts you, prescribing either of these medications these days, many doctors will not even prescribe them. Remember to give yourself grace and take it one day at a time. Good and bad, everything passes. I hope this helps, hang in there.
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