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I can imagine how worrisome this situation must be for you. I'm so sorry to hear you contracted Lyme Disease. It is so disruptive to a person's life. Xanax, and clonazepam (Klonopin) as well, are prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. So I imagine that there is a lot of anxiety for you associated with the Lyme.
I'm not sure where you heard that you should not switch from Xanax to clonazepam by stopping the one and switching to the clonazepam. This is the standard procedure among these medications. It's important to know that both Xanax and clonazepam are in the same drug family (benzodiazepines). Xanax is shorter acting and clonazepam is longer acting for most people. Xanax is most often replaced by clonazepam if a person is going to be on benzodiazepines for a longer term. So when your doctor prescribed the clonazepam and told you to switch when you fill the prescription, that's the way it's usually done.
The question of whether you will have side effects from clonazepam that you haven't had with Xanax is a separate question and will not be affected typically by this switch. Your system may be sensitive to clonazepam for some reason; but the fact that you tolerated Xanax well would indicate, as it has for most people, that you will tolerate clonazepam well.
And on the other side, you should also be optimistic: you don't report having side effects from the Xanax itself. Thus, your concern would be withdrawal symptoms from stopping to take the Xanax. But you should know that when people have such withdrawal symptoms, clonazepam effectively removes those withdrawal side effects. So the chances of you having these symptoms are very small. This is reason to be optimistic and confident in making the switch.
You might also consider adding a behavioral component to your treatment for your anxiety and possible depression from the Lyme. While behavioral treatment requires more effort from the patient than medications and is not as quick acting, it doesn't have the side effects nor withdrawal symptoms of the medications. If you would like to introduce a behavioral treatment, feel free to ask me another question about it. Just write “For Dr. Mark” at the beginning and everyone will know it’s for me.
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