Xanax vs Clonazepam

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Panic attacks related to failure to overcome anxiety is both annoying and bothersome. As anxiety and panic is contagious, being close to a person who has panic attack may render you panicking the way the other person does. However, anxiety and panic attacks have remedies through the use of drugs. Commonly, physicians dealing with anxiety will prescribe anxiolytics or anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax (Alprazolam) and Clonazepam. Clonazepam is a generic form of the drug and therefore may come in two common forms which are Klonopin and Klonopin Wafer.

What We Need To Know About Xanax vs. Clonazepam?

Both Xanax and Clonazepam are used in the primary treatment for anxiety disorders and panic attacks. These drugs balance the chemical components of our brain, thus leading to a more relaxed and comfortable mood. However, Clonazepam unlike Xanax, can be used to treat seizures and convulsions, too.

There are other conditions wherein your physicians may prescribe these drugs to you apart from the aforementioned conditions.

How Xanax vs. Clonazepam Need To Be Taken?

Both Xanax and Clonazepam need to be taken in the exact amount prescribed. Swallowing these drugs with a glass full of water is a must. Make sure you take Xanax and Clonazepam in regular intervals, i.e. the same time each day to avoid taking too much of the drug in a certain period of time.

If you have to stop using your drug, consult your physician first and foremost. This is most true in taking Xanax because you may suffer from withdrawal signs and symptoms if you abruptly stop taking the medication.

Special Precautions When Taking Xanax vs. Clonazepam

Both drugs are not recommended to be taken by children less than 12 years old. Be sure to consult your kid’s pediatrician if he or she is prescribed with this drug.

Xanax can interact with the following medications:

-          Drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS;

-          Anti-fungal drugs;

-          Birth Control drugs/ Contraceptive pills;

-          Macrolide antibiotics;

-          Drugs used to treat PTB;

-          Pain medications;

-          Anti-seizure medications; and

-          Some drugs for hypertension and cardiovascular disorders.

As for Clonazepam, almost the same set of drugs is also known to interact:

-          HIV/AIDS medications;

-          Anti-fungal medications;

-          Other drugs for anxiety, depression, and psychosis;

-          Medications for insomnia;

-          Anti-convulsant/ Anti-seizure drugs; and

-          Pain medications.

Side Effects of Xanax vs Clonazepam

When using Xanax, expect to notice any if not few of the following side effects:

-          Allergic reaction to the drugs;

-          Difficulty thinking, focusing on tasks;

-          Problem sleeping or staying asleep;

-          Erratic mood changes;

-          Muscle pains and cramps;

-          General body weakness or tiredness; and

-          Unusually small amount of urine.

As for Clonazepam, this anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug can also yield the following side effects:

-          Allergic reaction to the drug;

-          Vision disturbances, unusual eye movements;

-          Mental confusion;

-          Difficulty moving or ambulating;

-          Muscle cramps; and

-          Erratic mood changes.

There are other drugs and non-prescription products like herbal medications, etc that can interact with these drugs. Make sure you inform your physician of all forms and types of drugs you are taking.

 

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