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right now i am taking xanax .5mg 3-4 times a day.. and honestly i am getting sick of the ups and downs with it and needing to take it so much.. been thinking about asking my Dr. to try something else that lasts a little longer..
i have tried the xanax XR but i cant afford it and my insurance wont cover it so it is out of the question until they make a generic of it..

anyway the question is: if you have switched did it cause any withdrawal symptoms? basically is a benzo a benzo no matter the brand?

also i know there has been alot of discussion before about which one lasts longer.. but i am gonna ask it again... which one(s) last longer then xanax? i was thinking about asking to try klonopin or valium.. i dont want to keep popping these pills every 4 hrs anymore..

i know most people dont use the benzos on a daily basis but it is the only thing that works for me, i have tried many many ADs with no luck and very bad side effects so please dont tell me how i am going to become dependent on a benzo as i all ready am and know the risks..
Glad I made some sense... I had been up all night, so wasn't too sure if I had even formed anything resembling the English language. I see I made some mistakes, oh well!

The valium "may" give you that euphoric feeling the first couple of doses. I have taken it before, and it definitely did not give it to me. I had been on Xanax for awhile, so that may be why.

I definitely think it's the gold standard; however, doctors are reluctant to prescribe it because it's more abused than Xanax or Klonopin.

Obviously, I don't agree with that frame of mind, at all!

Whatever works is my motto. 500 people could have the worst side-effects in the world with one medicine. I might come along and experience life-changing improvement with it. Does that mean a Dr. shouldn't prescribe it for me? Nope! For example, I was prescribed a Duragesic (Fentanyl Transdermal System) pain patch for a chronic pain condition. It made me physically ill, and I had to stop taking it. For others, it's their "gold standard". "Whatever works!"

.5mg of Xanax is supposed to be the equivalent of 5mg of Valium. You want to make sure to stay around that. They do come in 2mg tablets. I would make sure you discuss switching and mention the equivalency charts that are out there. I would hate to see you get a dose that's too low and doesn't really "match up" with the Xanax, and feel that the Valium wasn't working.

The fact that you have a Dr. willing to prescribe Valium is excellent. He didn't get scared away by a few bad apples.

Let me know what you end up doing.
Over my 24 some odd years I have been prescribed alprazolam, lorazepam and clonazapem (among other non-benzos, combined and not). It's only been the past ten or so years that I was switched to clonazepam (Klonopin). It has a longer half-life, meaning it stays in your body longer and proper dosage as directed maintains a steady level in your system. You usually only have to take it only once or twice a day. Plus, it has less severe side effects than the other benzos. While I've been prescribed up to 6-8 mg alprazolam a day, I am now on 2mg clonazepam twice a day, once in the morning once in the evening. This level was achieved by my doctor over a two year period with a maximum dose of 8mg/day prescribed for a little while. Clonazepam has been most effective for me, alprazolam works on an as-needed basis, and lorazepam has a fair effect but not the best for me.

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