When it comes to anxiety disorders, there are a number of medicines and drugs available on the market. Two of them include Klonopin and Xanax. In this article, we'll be discussing Klonopin vs Xanax, their individual benefits, side effects, usages and other important pieces of information.
When talking about Klonopin vs Xanax, the first important thing to know is how each drug works. Xanax is an anti anxiety drug that falls under the benzodiazepines group. It works by suppressing the central nervous system to allow the chemicals in the drug to tell the brain to stop firing off neurons. This essentially slows the brain down and thus helps to eliminate anxiety by producing a calming effect on the user. The most important thing to note about Xanax is that it is highly addictive. Dosages have to be closely monitored and patients must check in with their doctors regularly to ensure that they stay in a healthy condition while taking the drug. Missing a dosage can lead so withdrawal side effects kicking in while taking more than the amount prescribed by a doctor can lead to an increase in the effect of side side effects or even an overdose.
Some of the side effects that may be felt by someone taking Xanax include, but aren't limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Depression and / or thoughts of suicide
- A yellowing of the skin and the eyes
- Muscle aches, pains and fatigue
- Blurring of vision or a partial to full loss of vision
Xanax is typically ingested as a tablet. It's important to take the Xanax whole as it is specifically designed to release the chemicals into the users body slowly. By crushing it up, chewing it or otherwise breaking the casing in anyway, the amount of medicine inside the tablet will be released into the system much too fast and can cause severe side effects.
Xanax can be easy to overdose on. Due to how addictive it can become, combined with the bodies natural ability to become resistant to
drugs after a period of time, the effects of Xanax can quickly dimisih if abused. Typically, a person may feel the need to take more than
the prescribed amount in order to continue feeling the effects of the drug. This is highly dangerous and can lead to
serious medical conditions such as:
- Brain damage
- And in worst case scenarios, death.
When taking Xanax it's important that no other drugs, prescribed, recreational or over the counter be taken at the same time. The combined effects can cause an onset of the previously mentioned side effects.
Looking at Klonopin and Xanax, one of the main positives that shines through for Klonopin is that it is specially designed to not become addictive, unlike Xanax which has that possibility. This is one of the main reasons that doctors will first prescribe Klinopin to their patients before resorting to having to use something stronger, such as Xanax. Rather than affecting the brains neurons directly like Xanax does, Klonopin affects the chemicals already in the brain to help balance out any chemical imbalances that can lead to depression and anxiety disorders. Besides anxiety disorders, Klonopin can also be used to help treat some seizure disorders.
Missing a single dose of Klonopin isn't as dangerous as missing a dose of Xanax due to the drugs inability to become addictive, though it is still recommended to try and remember to take your dose however often it was prescribed by your doctor. If in the case you do miss a dose, taking it as soon as you remember is recommended rather than doubling up on your dose next time it needs to be taken.
Klonopin comes in two forms, one that can be ingested as a whole tablet and another that can be left in the mouth to disintegrate and then swallowed.
Some of the side effects of taking Klonopin include, but aren't limited to
- Unusual breathing patterns
- Increase in heart rate
- Drowsiness or constant feeling of tiredness
- Difficulty speaking or drooling as well as pain in the gums and teeth
- Decrease in vision
- Headaches or migraines
Typically it's harder to overdose on Klonopin than it is Xanax, though medical treatment must be received as soon as possible if an
increased amount of Klonopin is ingested. Some of the side effects of overdosing on Klonopin include
- Extreme confusion
- Inability to move muscles
When comparing Xanax and Klonopin one may feel as though Xanax is to be avoided at all costs. Typically, this will depend on the level of anxiety that one suffers from. Your doctor will take into consideration any previous medical and psychological history you may have and will be able to prescribe you the right drug and the right dosage. If taken as per the doctors orders, both of these drugs can be perfectly safe.