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is it ok to take xanax and klonopin combined and which is better for serios anxiety

Hi. I have been on klonopin for about 6 months now and have been as high as 8 mg daily to the 6 mg I take now. I mentioned to my doctor that I felt I was becoming tolerant and was not getting the results I got in the beginning. I have severe anxiety and depression so I have been on alot of meds so this isn't far from true. So he gave me a script of Xanax 1mg to take with the klonopin for now til we feel comfortable enough to wean me off of the klonopin. However after reading alot of these postings I wondering if I made a mistake and should stay with the klonopin? I would appreciate any insight.  Thanks           Malissa
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I do not know what Klonopin is , but I am assuming it is just another anxiety med like Xunax ( quick fix ) and I don't think that was a good idea becuase it is also addicting and should only be used for short term is what I was told by my doctor and he won't let me take that. Now if the Klonopin is not what I assumed then have you ever heard of Trileptal, mention that to your doctor, I just posted some info on that online just now, you can read that also.
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You mentioned 6 mg of klonopin being roughly equivalent to 120mgs of Valium. As you seem to be very knowledgeable on this subject, would you mind going into some more detail on Valium? How is it similar to xanax/klonopin? what is considered a reasonable dosage? How addictive is it? I would greatly appreciate any information you have to offer on this.

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I have recently been switched to klonipan from xanax. The klonipan is not cutting it! Is it safe to start the xanax again while still on klonipan?
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Has anyone tried Ativan and if so did it help? Do the others mentioned help more? I have OCD, Depression, and Anxiety but have gotten any meds from a doctor yet except the Ativan  from the ER. It helps but makes some symptoms worse. Any advice?
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I was on ativann for anxiety attacks, it was wonderful, quick working and did the job, though the first few times I took it, I felt "like water" or even "drunk" but I got used to it

The  downside I found was that mybody quickly got used to it, I had to keep increasing the dosage  to get an effect and eventually had to get off of it because it was too dangerous. So I switched to clonezepam. I dont know  if you are allwoed to have any at the same timebut htese aremy personal experiences:

Clonezepam: Slow to work but long to last "deep relief"
Ativan: faster to work but wears off after 6 hours"medium-sense of relief"
Xanax: extremelyfast to work but shortlived "fast relief"

hope that helps =)
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While Xanax worked great for my anxiety, my psychiatrist just put me on Klonopin. I'm on a mild dose (o.5 Mil), and to take 1 every 6 hours (as needed). Well, I've only taken two 1/2 pills because my anxiety has gotten much better, but I still get the feeling of one coming on, so I took the Klonopin. It took the anxiety away very well. Plus, I have been waking up like clock work at 2:00a every night, so last night I popped another 1/2 of klonopin, and slept until almost 5a! It felt great!

I think if you do not take Klonopin every single day, 3 times a day, etc., you will not have any problems with withdrawals. It's all about dosage and how often and the strength. A month ago Klonopin may NOT have worked for me, because my anxiety was the worse it had ever been my whole life. But eventually I started getting better, thankfully, so the Klonopin works pretty good for me!

I hope all of you who suffers with anxiety find something that gives you relief. If you are on Klonopin, but it's not working, ask your doctor if it's safe to increase either the dosage or strength. That may be all you need, but PLEASE don't increase it on your own without your doctor's approval!

Good luck, all!
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I was on zanax .25 mg twice a day and .50mg at bed time i still had really bad anxiety so instead of upping my dose of zanax my doc prescribed klonopin .50mg twice a day 1 in am 1 in pm the first day of switchin was rough cause around 2:00 i could feel my anxiety hittin so i called her back and said i want back on the zanax instead she told me to take .50mg klonopin  in am .50mg around 3 and .50mg at night tried that and it helped but left me very tired so i took it upon my self and took .50mg at 9 am .25mg at 3pm and .50mg at 9 pm and i feel much better its been a week and i was even able to go to a strawberry festival with my family with very little anxiety where as before i just simply wouldnt have gone.I did call my doc and told her what i did and she said if that works for you then perfect.Im not worried about withdrawl or ever having to go off right now cause i need it that and along with therepy maybe someday i will come off it but i cant worry about that right now cause i have extreme anxiety and panic syndrome and if this med and therepy is helping me right now live a little then i cant have anxiety already about withdrawl and addiction too it if it works for me.
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I am on klonopin 3 times a day 2/mg for the last year and been on 1/mg a day for the last 4 years previous. I have severe panic attacks and bad deppression. My anxiety got worse and is still bad after the the phyc. put me on 2/mg of zanax too, twice a day. Now is lowering the zanax down to once a day with the klonopin. I want to get off of these meds but I have been on them to long anyone have any advice please! I feel helpless too these meds and wish I never started them. They have taken over my life. I wake up so nervous that I have to take a klonopin am i just that dependent? I am nervous all day the meds are not working and I am at the highest dosage level? Anyone have any advice I'm going crazy.
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Are you taking an antidepressant?  They are very effective for anxiety as well as depression.
Benzo's like xanax and klonopin may help anxiety short term but aren't effective for depression alone and may in fact make it worse.  They are good for panic attacks but you should look toward an antidepressant for better results.  Talk to your doctor about this and when your problem is better controlled you can start to taper off the benzo's.  
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I have been on every antidpressent paxil, effoxor, ect. lexapro which I was on but stopped taking it because of suicidal thoughts. Do you think it's possible for me to get off of the benzo's I have been on so long? And how long will the withdrawls be? Appreciate it.
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It seems a bit like you think your anxiety is being caused by your medication.  Is this so?
Have you discussed coming off your meds with your doctor?  You should!  Only he can give you good instructions on tapering off your meds.
What do you think your current bad anxiety levels will be like coming off your meds?
Withdrawing from them can be a process.  It should be a slow tapering off over a long period of time until you are completely off.
Personnally I wouldn't start withdrawing form them until I felt very well and wasn't having any problems whatsoever.  You have to be healthy and stable before undertaking the process.
Are you seeing a psychiatrist?  If not then you should get an appointment with one.
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sweetmalis your on a pretty high dosage of klonopiin 6 mg daily? That would get me pretty high lol. I take about 1-2 mg daily on an as need basis.
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