It is best that you try to taper your Xanax first from 3mg to below 1mg by reducing it by 1/2 of a 0.25 mg tablet(0.125 mg) every week till you reach 1 mg as otherwise a faster Xanax taper could be risky at 3 mg and could give you seizures.You should keep your Klonipin at 2.5 mg which I believe you are taking as it will help you with the anxiety which you will experience during Xanax withdrawal.Once you bring the Xanax down to no Xanax as I told you to do,then you can resume tapering of the Klonipin by reducing it by 0.125 mg every two weeks till you bring it down to no Klonipin.This will bring down the doses of both medications safely.Hope this helps.
I am currently taking Xanax XR 2MG for a total of 4MG. They are not the fast acting, though are supposed to be extended release. When Xanax went generic is when I remember my body burning through them much faster, which is why I most likely keep experiencing rebound effects, as it burns through my body to fast.
-I would have to switch over to the short acting, and then accumulate to that change and find the proper times to take it, as it seems my body just burns through food, water, everything. I eat very healthy and well balanced, and exercise daily, though find having to eat ice cream and more carbs to gain weight as I am constantly cold, prior to Xanax when I was anxious I would break a sweat and completly go mind blank. I have pretty bad night sweats now though, and I sweat heavily under my armpits and drink about 4 gallons of water or gatorade a day as I am constantly thirsty. Though I think this has to do with the Pritiq.
I read through this woman's manual: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/index.htm
-who has done research on extensive research on Benzo and Antidepressants and has come up with a pretty comprehensive guide to tapering. Where she mostly uses Valium (diazepam) to taper from both meds.
Here's what I got out of it, whether you are taping from Xanax (alprazolam) or Klonopin (Clonazepam), she uses Valium (diazepam) to taper and switch over as it has a shorter half life. Though in detox centers like Passages of Malibu (which is like 120k), they use Ativan (lorazepam) to taper from both though they are going at a much faster pace, and apparently Ativan has the shortest half life of them all (according to them).
I'm not sure anyone really knows. I wish I could find away to email this woman and ask her for a taper plan, as it differs from patient to patient. I actually don't have much of an issue tapering from the Klonopin and it appears to not do much for me. Though I could be mistaken, as it never did anything for me when I was initially put on it and the dosage was upped several times and still nothing worked.
My experience from both are as follows:
-Immediate Release Formula: _3-4 hours
-Extended Release Formula: ~ 7- 10 hours
-Release time: Approximately ~4-6 hours.
Immediate Release Formula: 3-4 hours
Extended Release Formula: ~ 7- 10 hours
Release time: Approximately 4-6 hours, although It appears to be known to have a longer half life.
However according to Web4health.info they state the following:
Xanax: alprazolam (non XR)
Half Life: 6-12 hrs
Half Life of XR: 12-24 hrs? (can’t find any info on that, one so I through out general number as it was designed initially to last longer than the IR formula)
Half Life: 18- 15 hrs
Half Life: 20 - 100 hrs
Half Life: 10-20 hrs
Now from my understanding Benzo's stay in your fatty tissues for some amount of time, which is why many people relapse back onto them. Many alternative med places use sauna treatment to sweat out all of the left overs that could be released during the next three years. If this isn't taken care of, then the risk of relapsing back onto them is severe. They also recommend Acupuncture, as this has been known to help settle the muscles and nerves that become completely tenses up during a taper.
-I'm kind of at a loss, and not quite sure what to do as she wants to taper Klonopin first and then Xanax. Though I think it would make sense to work out a taper plan for both using Valium (diazepam) as a cross-over.
-Then I wonder how much damage this crap did to my system and my mind, as I have a hard time concentrating and retaining information which is making school and life a pain in the ***, as before every paper or exam I have to pull all nighters to retain the information and then crash and my anxiety gets worse after the all nighter's, as she has me taking the Adderall IR every 3-4 hours.
-I mean I have heard horror stories on here where people had to learn how to talk again, and even walk. I could kill the DR who put me on this crap as he told me I might be on it for life, when these drugs have been around for years and it is well known to only use these meds for short term use only.
-Let me know what you think about coming up with a chart using Valium to cross taper from both. Though the question again, is which one do I come off first? Or do I cross taper both at the same time?
This drug shouldn't even be on the market, Christ.
Thanks for the input
The formula you mentioned is effective but too prolonged.I would personally taper Xanax first and then the Klonopin as it is better to taper that later.
Do you have a plan on how to I would switch over from XR to IR Xanax? Because I would think that would be step 1. You can't break the XR up. How would I spread 4mg (2x 2mg pills) of Xanax up throughout the day and night using IR? Just trying to best avoid a rebound anxiety attack related to the meds... once that's in place then I could start the taper.
Hi, Yes I feel the same way on it, very agitated a lot of the time, like my emotions are exaggerated or something. Also after being on for seven months have ALOT of diahrea (sp.) and stomach pain. Going back to Cymbalat