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Yes, Klonopin will help you get off of xanax (and Valium). I got of off valium with xanax, then off of xanax with Klonopin. This was all an easy transition. But, I warn you. I tried tapering off Klonopin over the last 2 weeks, and have tried this in the past, it is purely the most difficult medication to stop and the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable after about the 4-5th day expect long term :

1) Feel like the worst flu in the world that won't go away.
2) Dizziness, Euphoria, Lack of Concentration
3) Loss of appetite
4) Stupor, Forgetfulness, Panic Attacks, Slurred Speech
5) Dizziness, Nausea, Lack of Balance
6) Body aches, pains, migraines (exactly like flu symptoms)
7) Trouble hearing, Tinnitus
8) Inability to correctly judge distance (dangerous to drive)
9) Feels like your heads are in the clouds
10) Arms, legs etc, spontaneously "jump"
11) Very difficult to maintain a conversation
12) Impatience, incompatibility, numbness in body
13) Very anemic like symptoms, little or no energy, easily winded.
14) If you drink beer, for example, the six you drink the night before will make you feel like you had drank 3x (18 beers) the next morning == wicked bad hangover.

I'm writing this because I slowly tapered off 1mg of Klonopin 2x a day for 30 days and went completely off on Tuesday of last week and by Friday I have dealt with the above symptoms. I finally had a re-fill faxed in to my drug store, took 2 tablets about an hour before writing this and slowly "beginning to feel normal" again. In addition, I took a few xanax during this five day period, and they will not help, valerian root seemed to help a bit, but not by much.

Klonopin is a wonderful drug for anxiety, however, as above I wanted to point out that if your considering it, it may be a life long medication. From my research I've found that people have had withdrawal symptoms (like above) for up to a year (and in rare cases longer).

From experience, getting off klonopin is like getting off of xanax with 1000x the symptoms and difficulty -- from what I've read about withdrawl and seen tv shows on heroin, Klonopin might be on the same level of addiction.





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