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Lorazepam (Ativan) and clonazepam (Klonopin) are both benzodiazepines, a type of anti-anxiety medication that works as a tranquilizer by increasing levels of GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) in the brain. Klonopin is most often used for more severe cases of anxiety, that and Xanax. I've been on both Ativan and Klonopin. Ativan didn't do a damn thing for me, but Klonopin has been an absolute Godsend! I went to the dentist today, which is when I get my absolute worst panic attacks, and this was the first time in my 18 years that I was relaxed in the dentist chair. I took three 0.5 Klonopins today (I've never taken more than one- tells you how bad the dentist is... ;) ), and I was so out-of-it and serene that it was quickly over. I came right home and took a nap, both out of the extreme stress I'd been through and the sedation of the Klonopin. I didn't go to the dentist until 2 pm, so when I got up- with a panic attack- I took a Klonopin. I was REALLY bad, and then the Klonopin kicked in until around noon; took another one. Then I took one right before 2. Usually one Klonopin can last me the whole day, but the dentist is horrible, but no cavities, my biggest phobia! Almost 19 -years-old, and I'm still cavity-free, thank God! :D

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