You guys mention klonopin - is that a benzodiazepine ?? Is it like lorazepam. Is it better ?
Klonopin (Clonazepam) is a Benzodiazepine like Xanax, Ativan, Valium, etc. It is useful for anxiety and seizures. Highly addictive if taken every day, the effects wear off sooner, and people find that they need more and more just to stay calm. Many doctors prescribe it 3 or even 4 times a day. The brain develops a tolerance and the starting dose stops working. Increased dosing will only help for so long, then, rather than helping with anxiety, it only staves off the panic until the next dose is taken. I think of it as whiskey in a pill form. A little occasionally can take the edge off, taken 3 times a day every day makes you an addict... JMO
Having said that, it is a very useful medication if only taken as needed. When anxiety becomes worse, a Klonopin can be a wonderful tool in helping you deal with the scarey feelings. It is not "better" than Lorazepam, or any other Benzo, just a little different. They are all in the same class.
Be very careful driving or doing dangerous activities b/c it has effects similar to alcohol such as unsteadiness, slow reflexes, slurred speech, drowsiness and impaired judgement.