Author Topic: When to take Klonopin  (Read 7939 times)

[Buddie]

Re: When to take Klonopin
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2009, 05:02:03 pm »
Phyllis, thank you for answering!

I'm not going to use the Klonopin "as needed."   You all have conviinced me of the unwisdom of that.   So I guess I will just tough thiings out for awhile until the Klonopin stabilizes me.  I have an appt on Thursday with a psychiatrist who I have been told is an intelligent & kind man, so I am hopeful he & I can work together on this from now on.

I have two goals. To get rid of the anxiety in such a way that I don't have to worry about it in the future, & to get off the meds.

Oh, one question:  is the reason I can't sleep now due to the tolerance  problem with the Xanax & nothing to do with the Klonopin?  I have always thought that Klonopin would give a decent night's sleep but I've read here from some people that it actually keeps them awake.  So I'm wondering which it is with me that won't let me sleep - the Xanax tolerance problem or Klonopin?

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[Buddie]

Re: When to take Klonopin
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2009, 10:26:23 pm »
Phyllis, thank you for answering!

I'm not going to use the Klonopin "as needed."   You all have conviinced me of the unwisdom of that.   So I guess I will just tough thiings out for awhile until the Klonopin stabilizes me.  I have an appt on Thursday with a psychiatrist who I have been told is an intelligent & kind man, so I am hopeful he & I can work together on this from now on.

I have two goals. To get rid of the anxiety in such a way that I don't have to worry about it in the future, & to get off the meds.

Oh, one question:  is the reason I can't sleep now due to the tolerance  problem with the Xanax & nothing to do with the Klonopin?  I have always thought that Klonopin would give a decent night's sleep but I've read here from some people that it actually keeps them awake.  So I'm wondering which it is with me that won't let me sleep - the Xanax tolerance problem or Klonopin?

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This is a good question.  I'm sorry I can't answer it definitely    :(    :(     :(    I'm sure others here will be able to give me more info shortly.  I'm responding because it brings up another question of mine -- If someone has built up tolerance to benzos, and switches from one benzo to another, won't they just be shifting their drug of tolerance.  I don't know how to phrase this question.  I mean, if you are tolerant of xanax, won't you be tolerant of klonopin, half-lives aside?   
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[Buddie]

Re: When to take Klonopin
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2009, 10:41:21 pm »
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I mean, if you are tolerant of xanax, won't you be tolerant of klonopin, half-lives aside?


I would think that would be true, the klono would help with the interdosal w/d symptoms if those are present too. Someone else that knows more than me may have their own take on this though!  :thumbsup: 
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[Buddie]

Re: When to take Klonopin
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2009, 12:28:45 am »
Great question. I never thought of that.
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[Buddie]

Re: When to take Klonopin
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2009, 04:47:33 pm »
Well, I hope someone reads this far to respond to it.  From what I have read on the forum in the past few days, it seems like there's quite a few who do make the switch from Xanax to Klonopin & you 'd think this would be of great interest to them & others.

Which brings up another newbie type question:  how much is there on a blog when it's not new anymore?

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[Buddie]

Re: When to take Klonopin
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2009, 06:13:53 pm »
Oh, one question:  is the reason I can't sleep now due to the tolerance problem with the Xanax & nothing to do with the Klonopin?  I have always thought that Klonopin would give a decent night's sleep but I've read here from some people that it actually keeps them awake.  So I'm wondering which it is with me that won't let me sleep - the Xanax tolerance problem or Klonopin?

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Hi [...],

In my opinion a benzo is a benzo, so since we've ascertained you are probably in tolerance to the Xanax, the Klonopin will not be a magical cure all.  It was my understanding that you decided to switch to the Klonopin for the purposes of tapering.  That said, you're not going to feel better on the Klonopin since you're in tolerance to benzo's.

Your job now is to stabilize, this doesn't mean you're going to feel great.  It just means that you need to feel some level of comfort.  Since you made the switch to Klonopin so recently you need to give your body time to adjust.  When you feel ready it will be time to start your taper. 

You won't feel good on the Klonopin at the dose you're taking, it is just for becoming stable from the switch from the Xanax.  You're still going to experience anxiety because it's being caused by your tolerance to benzo's.

You're kind of between a rock and a hard place.  The benzo is creating the anxiety you're feeling, it's also responsible for your sleeplessness.  The only way to get rid of it is to taper off of it.  Not the best place to be, but you're so far ahead of the game by realizing you need to take action.  I wasn't as well informed as you are and I suffered as a result.

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