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Can I ask what the dosage you all take if taking Klonopin or Xanax. I am currently on .5 mg of Klonopin 2x a day or .5 Xanax 3 times a day.
I am going through a very stressfull time and am wondering if I should ask the Dr. for an increase. I'm not sure if my dosage is considered average or high or low.

Thanks for the input.

Why are you on both? Did the doctor give you a reason? That doesn't make much sense to me honestly. I checked a Benzo comparison chart and Xanax and Klonopin are of equal strength but Klonopin lasts longer. I would think you should try a slightly larger dose of one or the other not a comb like you are taking. You are taking what is equivalent to 2.5 mg of either Xanax or Klonpin alone. Why not lose one of them and try to take 2.5 mg of one or the other. That may help. I know 4-5 doses of .5 mg of Xanax takes care of all of my panic and anxiety.

Actually, they aren't of equal strength.

Klonopin is 2 times as strong as Xanax.

.25 mg Klonopin=.5mg Xanax.


1mg Klonopin=2mg of Xanax

or 1.5mg Xanax=.75mg Klonopin

So, if you were to really look at it, he would be taking 3.5mg of Xanax (if you combined Klonopin and Xanax doses).

The reason some doctors use two benzos is because Klonopin is typically a long-acting benzo with a longer half-life. Xanax is given as a "breakthrough" anxiety reliever.
It's similar to a chronic pain patient being on long-acting pain killers like Avinza (24 hour morphine). They often take a short-acting medication like Vicodin to cover any "breakthrough" pain.

Some psychiatrists have adopted this theory. In my opinion, it makes a lot of sense. The long-acting medication covers the base, and the short-acting covers any acute attacks.
The problem is I am taking .5 mg of Xanax but after 3 hours I am panicking again.... should I take another Xanax 3 hours later? Or a Klonopin in between? I have .5 mg of Klonopin.

Thanks again
I take 4-5 doses of Xanax over the day to spread it out (.5mg). That helps me a lot. If you take it three times per day you will have break through anxiety. I did and a lot of others I have talked to have as well, so the solution is take less but more times daily. I usually can get away with 4 doses. Morning, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. If I have an exceptionally rough day I may add a dose in there at some point and then reschedule the others accordingly. The Klonopin works for a longer time and I have no experience with that, so I wouldn't know what doseages to take at all. I just know that it lasts longer and takes longer to start working. I would post a question on how to take Klonopin and see if you get some bites. I know there are some out there that take it and have had great success with it. I would take either or though and not take both. It is hard enough to manage one medication much less two or more.

Good luck,

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