I've been taking .25mg of Xanax for about a year and half. My dr just switched me to .50mg of klonopin. I'd really like to ween myself off, but want to do it as safely as possible. I still have anxiety, but I'm scared I'll grow more and more dependent. How do I balance anxiety and ween myself off without major issues?
Your question lacks a very important detail. Did he replace the Xanax with Klonopin or add the Klonopin on and keep the Xanax the same? I'm thinking it's the second of the two and going with your taking both.
1.) NEVER WEAN OFF OR CHANGE THIS CLASS OF MEDICATIONS (or others) WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR!!!
2.) Both of these medications are pretty much the same thing. The only difference is Klonopin works longer and the medication is metabolized over a longer period of time. If you told your DOCTOR that you wanted to "wean off", then he/she is trying to get you on, a long lasting version of the fast acting med. Xanax has bad withdrawal! Maybe your Doctor is getting your body ready, by putting you on the Klonopin, to help with the withdrawal.
But if you're still having anxiety, I personally wouldn't recommend coming off of everything. The Klonopin may very well stabilize you and you wouldn't need the Xanax. But they are both Benzodiazepines.
Please work with your Doctor.
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