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Re: difference between benzodiazapines

Posted by PaulB on October 3, 2001, at 16:57:26

In reply to difference between benzodiazapines, posted by darkling on October 3, 2001, at 11:25:50

> what is the difference between benzodiazapines? how might treatment and recovery differ if one were taking xanax rather than ativan. or why might a doctot prescribe klonopin rather than another benzo? if benzodiazapines all treat the same way, why might one be better for panic disorder than another?
> thanx-t

I have had short-term experience with Valium, Klonopin and Xanax and I can honestly make clear comparisons between each in terms on their effect. Valium raised my mood more than the others which I believe is not uncommon which is why my doctor recommends it, was less potent than the Xanax and Klonopin. Nevertheless it is a very effective anxiolytic and had a quick onset of effect. In the past at PB I have said I prefer Klonopin but it does cause more cognitive side-effects thasn Valium but was a more effective anxiolytic than Valium and Xanax too but I prefer Valium because Klonopin seemed just a little too potent and hard to tolerate, for me anyway. Xanax was similar to Klonopin in terms of anxiolytic relief, being more effective than Valium but again cognitive side-effects, memory impairment and drowsiness were more marked than Valium but somewhat less than Klonopin. I dont agree with Kid_A that Valium is on its way out. I think it is a very good medication. Cant comment on Ativan but from what I heard may be better tolerated than the other high-potency benzodiazepines for some. It really is trial and error process to find out what works best for you.




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