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Re: Klonopin -- How many times a day to take ? Franz

Posted by Rick on October 14, 2002, at 19:14:48

In reply to Re: Klonopin -- How many times a day to take ? Rick , posted by Franz on October 14, 2002, at 0:36:31

> Rick, I have a question, can you take Klonopin first thing in the morning and still have a cup of coffee or will it cancel the effect of Klonopin?.

I do so often, especially on weekends. Sometimes it can make the Klonopin a little less effective, but one cup won't usually have much of a detrimental effect. Greater amounts are more likely to cause some degree of breakthrough anxiety for me, but still a *lot* milder than if I weren't taking Klonopin. I'm a little more cautious when I have a known anxiety "challenge" coming up, although even in that case there's no hard and fast rule. It all depends on the individual. Just find what works for you. I don't know your particualar circumstances, but I'd wager one cup of coffee isn't going to come anywhere near canceling your benefit from morning Klonopin.

> I want to know because I have read suggestions to take the anxiolytic *before* anxiety develops.

I agree with that. That's why it's good to have this longer-acting med in my system continually. I rarely take an as-needed "booster" anymore, but when I did I tried to take it 30-90 minutes before a situation that traditionally provoked anxiety (e.g., giving a presentation). If I were prone to non-situational panic I might also want to have a shorter-acting benzo on hand. (Fyi, before taking daily Klonopin I had tried as-needed Xanax/alprazolam for my social phobia, with much less success).

>I sometimes use a low dose alprazolam (.025) kate or before sleeping, but maybe it is better to have it during the day. Altghough, alprazolam is shorter in action (never tried Klonopin).

I use my leftover Xanax for those now-infrequent nights where I can't get to sleep (maybe once every three or four months). It's usually pretty good for that.

Rick


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