I am having withdrawl symptoms and when I had a panic attack the clozepam didnt touch it I still had a couple xanax left so I took one and it stopped the panic attack i have GAD and panic attacks is 0.5mg 2x a day of clozepam as strong as 3mg of xanax a day? the xanax hasn't been working as well as it did at first. I also have started having headaches with the clozepam I have only been on it a few days though I just feel tense and kinda weird.
It sounds to me like you are becoming dependent on the Xanax. This could be why the Dr decided to switch you. Clonazepam is good medicine and quite strong. The Dr may need to tweak the dose some. Drs usually start a bit conservative when switching you to a new medicine in the same class because of what is called cross tolerance. This simply means that just because you tolerate a particular dose of one drug in a class, you may not have the same tolerance to another. He doesnt want to knock you senseless so they usually decrease the equivelent dose of the new drug by 25-50% and go from there. Dont take both the Xanax and the clonazepam in the same day. You are likely experiencing a bit of withdrawal from the Xanax. Xanax is short acting and it can be very habit forming. Clonazepam is a little longer acting and it can be habit forming too but sometimes longer acting drugs are better for a chronic condition like yours.
The headache, tension, shakiness, nausea etc can all be symptoms that your body is missing the drug it has become used to having. This will go away in time as your body adjusts. If you feel after a week or two that this drug is just not doing the trick, call your Dr and let them know. He may discuss it over the phone but more likely he will want you to come in for a f/u appt. He may go ahead and raise the dose a bit. Give the clonazepam a chance. It is a very good drug for GAD and you may find that once your dose is right for you, it controls your symptoms much better than the Xanax.
My doctor. Just. Took my Xanax away. Like r doctor. She switch me from Xanax to klopine also and gave me Wellbutrin. You just have to try your best to deal with it and also. Talk to the lord when. You fell a panic attack is coming on
my other advise too you strategy exercises every day. And that will help your breathing easy whenever you may have one.
The reason you were having those symptoms while taking the clonazepam is that your body was still dependent on the xanax. This is why taking the xanax stopped the panic attack for you (at least, what FELT like a panic attack). GAD is a very general diagnosis, and as such, there are many medications that fall under the umbrella of "treatment."
That said, 0.5 mg of clonazepam is roughly equivalent to taking ~2 mg of xanax, in general. Personal experience may vary.
Give your body time to adjust to the clonazepam, withOUT the aid of xanax, and you should start to feel pretty much the same as you did on the xanax. The main reason for this is that clonazepam is in the same family of drugs as xanax, that family being "benzodiazepines." However, the major difference between the two is that xanax is a shorter half-life, shorter acting, but more potent-feeling drug. Clonazepam has a much longer half-life, therefore it is much longer acting, but is generally less potent (comparably) than xanax.
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