I'm currently taking Xanax 1mg at 10am, 4pm. then 2mg at night (usually around 11:45-12am). I have severe insomnia and am withdrawling between doses and its hell from about 7am-10pm waiting for that 10am dose. What would be the best route at getting out of this constant withdrawl past 5-6 hours. I would like to take the 2mg xanax at night and a longer acting benzo during day if thats possible. But whats gonna be the easiest and comfortable way to transfer totally to klonopin with that 2mg xanax dose at night and what would be the most comfortable way to transfer to klonopin. I've made transfer from restoril to low dose valium in the past no problem but 4mg xanax daily is slightly more diffficult im assuming. I would also be willing to add an extra xanax dose last resort since it has done wonders for anxiety except when it wears off then i have worse anxiety than when i started..
My med cocktail:
Trileptal 300mg (10am / 10pm)
Atenolol 200mg (morning)
Fish Oil 2000mg (morning)
Xanax 4mg (1mg 10am, 4pm. 2mg 11:45)
Magnesium 250mg (10pm)
hey man the best thing to do is work very close with your doctor! Im not here to lecture but your on a pretty potent dose of benzo's. just here to try to give u support my friend and consult your doc before altering any meds!
Yes work with your doctor but I will offer my own experiences with these. Xanax is very short acting and its effects quickly fade causing constant withdrawls. Klonopin is slower to take effect but its effects remain much longer in your body. If you're really trying to quit these meds then you should use klonoopin or valium (benzos with longer half-life's) and slowly wean off of them.
I had the best luck with my pharmacist, I was pregnant and had to get off xanax as soon as possible. They made up a schedule with a slow and safe reduction and I was completely off it in 4 weeks. No withdrawals or anything. The main concern was causing the fetus distress with me coming off it too quickly etc.
I also did the same when coming off ativan with Klonopin. Just talk to your doctor or better yet your pharmacist as they are trained to know everything about the meds.
To be completely honest I switch from Klonapin to Xanax and am VERY glad I did. Klonaoin always left a wierd tingly weird awe-full feeling when I woke up for hours... I was on it for 3 years, and Xanax is not only more soothing for high anxiety and sleep I had no more "bad tingly feelings" in the morning. Klonapin helps a little, but Xanax works miracles, when I wake up I feel alert and well wrested. My first month felt like the best relief I'd had in 5 years and you don't do weird stuff with out memory of the instance... I avoid Klonapin like the plague, if you have it w/e you do if not for me than for your self don't switch, talk to your doctor for maybe a re-adjustment. I've been on them all, I have gran Mal seizures, PTSD, anxiety, panic disorders.... sometimes I stay up for 30-45hrs its so bad and took several medications before Xanax. ;) I was ready to give up, xanax saved my life, my sanity, amongst many other problems. ;)
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