These drugs seem so similar. I've been given diazepam by one doctor and previously given lorazepam by another; both for anxiety. What's the basic difference in the outcome?
Diazepam because of it's longer-acting effects. I take 1 Diazepam 10mg once a day as needed for Muscle Spasm only, & I have Anxiety & Panic Disorders, so it does help keep Anxietys under control with use of less pills. Lorazepam is a short-acting Benzo but is good for on the spot Anxiety & Panic Attacks then you'd have to be taking them all day.
Ativan works faster so it tackles down anxiety & panic within 10-15mins.
Valium works within 30mins and it last longer than Ativan.
Ativan is a fast acting benzo which makes it in a way more addicting, but Klonopin and Xanax are the more powerful in the benzo family.
Just be careful mixing them and try not to take them regularly and for long period of time, because the withdrawals are just outrageous!
Take care of yourself!
Xanax is strong, fast acting and has a very short lifespan in our blood stream, less than 24 hours, which is why it's the most abused of all Benzodiazepines. Adavan last 36 hours, Klonapin 36 hours, and valium 300 hours. Adavan and Klonapin, however, are miles apart as far as actual strength, with Klonapin being by far the strongest and longest lasting of the benzodiazepines.
This is no the effective relief timeframe, but it is the timeframe you'd expect prior to experiencing withdrawals. Being on Klonapin for PTSD (I cannot take antidepressants generally prescribed for PTSD as they are often given with a benzo) for more than3 years, I wanted off. 3mg a day would make me want to sleep 10 to 14 hours a day and has made my memory terrible. There is no clinically recognized way of coming off these drugs without regular tapering. The problem is, tapering causes the very symptoms you were prescribed the medication for! The success rate of tapering off Klonapin is a paltry 24%.
However, I've been successful in convincing, and proving to my doctor, tapering off the stronger benzos is much easier with a simple switch to valium. With a lifespan of up to 300 hours, you can easily taper off by simply switching from any of the aforementioned benzos with a similar dose of valium. As you approach the 250 hour mark, pop a valium. Withdrawal averted. You can then do one of two things, extend the time between doses or, start trimming the dose, a tiny bit at a time. It'll take a couple months, but you will suffer no withdrawals. Unfortunately for me, I was attacked and suffered from an attempted murder by way of my suspect attempting to smash my head in. I'm back on valium as it boosts the pain medication effectiveness. The added stress of fighting work comp and several surgeries ended up getting me back on Klonapin, it this time with no fear of coming off.
I hope this helps.
I have been taking diazepam (Valium 5 mg. 3 times daily)for 40+ years. (Not kidding) and last year was told by my Doctor that he was taking me off the drug. This happened after a Drug Counselor /Nurse Practitioner came into his office. It has been hell. I feel like I'm losing my mind. I have made the drug last as long as I could by cutting the dosage etc. I feel as though I have been kicked to the curb as a patient. Anyone have any ideas on how to handle this?? Try another Health Provider?? This is a total nightmare for me. I have never abused the drug. It was originally given to me as a last resort for panic attacks and extreme nervousness. Thank You.
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