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First day off the xanax
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:42:19 PM »
Hi I'm new to the forum and need advice. I've been on a low does of Xanax for three years for GAD. My script is .5 but I only take a half a pill a day .25. My doctor switched me to klonopin 1mg per day. This dosage seems high since I was on such a low dose of xanax. I have 10 days worth of xanax left do if figured I would try to switch while I still had some xanax left if I needed it. I took a a couple days of work so I could transition at home. I took a quarter of pill of kpin this morning and just took another quarter a half hour ago. I don't feel that great a little dizzy and jittery. I figured the transition would be relatively easy since I was on such a low dose of xanax. Should I up the dosage of kpins? I was doing fine on the xanax, one bottle of .5's last me two months. Doc says kpin is better for everyday use. Should i taper off the xanax. Can I take them both together? Thanks in advance.
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Re: First day off the xanax
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2014, 08:07:31 PM »
Should i taper off the xanax. Can I take them both together?

Welcome to AnxietyZone,

Xanax and Klonopin are both benzodiazepines and work exactly the same. The only difference is that Xanax has a short half-life, about 12-15 hours, and Klonopin has a half-life of up to 50 hours. Their dose is the same too, 0.25mg Xanax is the equivalent of 0.25mg Klonopin. The only difference is that it takes a little longer for plasma levels of the Klonopin to peak. So there should be no point in taking both though there can be individual variations in their effects.

I suspect that the dizziness and jitters are due in part to the stress of changing meds. If this continues for more than 2-3 days then contact your doctor.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.