Xanax (Alprazolam) & Klonopin (Clonazepam) are the drugs of benzodiazepines class used to treat anxiety & panic disorders & anxiety caused by depression. Xanax is short acting Benzodiazepine while Klonopin is long acting Benzodiazepine to treat neuropathic pain.These drugs are available only with doctor’s prescription. Both of these are central Nervous system (CNS) depressants which affect GABA, a neurotransmitter in brain. Benzodiazepine helps patients in managing physical discomforts & psychological conditions. The nerve impulses slow down throughout the body, causing sedation & calming effect.
Clonazapam used to treat seizures, epilepsy & tourrete syndrome. Also alprazolam affects for few hours while Clonazapam has longer duration of action.
In some people some undesirable changes may occur due to these medications including adverse effects such as drowsiness, mood swings, hung over feeling.
Xanax & Klonopin have similar adverse effects as they both belong to same drug class that is benzodiazepine. Taking both at same item makes it more likely to experience adverse effect.
Some people increase the dose to relieve anxiety as these drugs become less effective over time. Doing this may cause addition of these drugs which makes difficult to decrease the medication.
Therapeutic effects of Benzodiazepine
- Decreased anxiety
- Muscle relaxant &
- Anti-convulsion property
When you get your medication always check with your pharmacist at drugstore as for drug information pharmacist is an expert to guide & advise you about the risks involved. Also speak with your physician you will be taking Xanax & Klonopin for how long. As Xanax stays in body for lesser time as compared to Klonopin, so the physician may start Klonopin for better control of anxiety & panic attacks.
Xanax & Klonopin may be habit forming & should only be used by a person to whom it has been prescribed. These drugs can cause birth defects in new born so do not use these drugs during pregnancy.
Xanax & Klonopin interact with many other medications. Always tell your physician & pharmacist about medication you are using such as OTC drugs, vitamins or any other herbal remedies. The medication also interacts with grape juice as a result it increases the risk of adverse effects.
Mixing drugs are never recommended & mixing CNS depressants can intensify the effect & is very dangerous. It can also cause loss of consciousness & this can be fatal.
Due to extreme similarities between Xanax & Klonopin, doctors don’t like to prescribe both at the same time. It is difficult to distinguish between the two as they have extremely similar effects. As these two drugs are habit forming, this may cause tolerance if these are taken daily for several weeks or longer & you may experience severe issues while trying to discontinue them.
With drawl symptoms include increase heart rate, anxiety & sleeplessness may be experienced if you suddenly stop taking either drug.
Listed are some side effects of Xanax & Klonopin
- Drowsiness, dizziness
- Slurred speech
- Memory problems
- Allergic reactions
- Nausea, vomiting
- Constipation, diarrhoea