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I have been taking 2mg. of Xanax daily for about 20 years.

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I have been taking 2mg. of Xanax daily for about 20 years. My doctor is switching me over to Klonopin, 0.5mg twice a day. Can you suggest a transitioning schedule to prevent Xanax withdrawal symptoms?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 8 months ago.
Hello I believe I can help you with your question today. The Klonopin is a much longer acting benzodiazepine when compared to the Xanax, but both start to reach peak levels relatively fast (1-2 hours with the Xanax and 1-4 hours with the Klonopin), so the switch from Xanax to Klonopin should not cause that much difficulty for you in regards ***** ***** withdrawal symptoms as many people make the switch seamlessly.
You want to taper from the Xanax by taking divided doses of 1mg in the morning and 1mg at night if you are not already doing that. Then you want to follow this schedule:
Stage 1:(7-10 days) – 0.5mg of Xanax in the morning and 1mg of Xanax at night
Stage 2:(7-10 days) - 0.5mg of Klonopin in the morning and 0.5mg of Xanax at night
Stage 3: 0.5mg of Klonopin in the morning and 0.5mg of Klonopin at night
This is the most conservative approach to avoid withdrawal symptoms, but like I said that does not happen often with this switch, so you should be fine. My goal is to provide you with excellent service, so if you ever have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.
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