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Re: Question for chemist on klonopin chemist

Posted by patricia leahy on April 25, 2004, at 11:23:31

In reply to Re: Question for chemist on klonopin patricia leahy, posted by chemist on April 24, 2004, at 23:18:33

>thanks for your input, you are so smart. now i really feel stupid asking this next question... but here goes.. does .5 mg and .5mg equal 1 full mg??? because what is on my bottle he prescribed is " Take one half to one pill aday or as needed" but isnt .5 only half of a mg? so shouldnt i be taking one.5mg in a.m and .5mg in evening? i hope i won't need the xanax much longer but good to have as a security. THanks and best to you

> hi you seem to be one of the more knowledgable on this, i just started taking.5mg of klonopin half in the a.m and half at bedtime, what is a good dosage do you think, also can i expect a breakthrough panic attack? and if so how soon after taking a dose of klonopin can i take a quick acting xanax? i am new to all this and alot of people on here have been very helpful. i take no SSRI's have anxiety with panic attacks, also, my paper that came with this, said one of side effects is changes in weight, is that good weight loss or bad weight gain? and how long before i can feel safe just on the klonopin without my security blanket "xanax"?
> hi patricia....i assume you are taking klonopin 0.5 mg in the morning, then another 0.5 mg at night...kolopin takes a while - not long, maybe a week at the most - to build up in your system. it has a long elimination half-life, so chronic dosing at the 1 mg/day level you describe should put you on an even keel in no time. as for weight gain, this is a ubiquitously listed side effect of anything sedating: klonopin will not effect the levels of TSH, as some meds (lithium) will. thus, the get-up-and-go is up to you. as for xanax: i don't leave home without it, just in case. haven't had a breakthrough panic attack in several years, although in my case it was compounded by ssris or maois, which are stimulating. to recap, i would suspect that 1 mg klonopin/day will put you right in a short time, and keep the xanax at hand just in case...all the best, chemist




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