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Old 11-03-2009, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I finally got prescribed a benzo! After months and months of useless crap like Buspar.

My doc gave me 0.5 mgs of Klonopin to take twice a day. How long does it take for it to take effect... as in when will I know whether or not it's working?

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One to two hours before I feel it's full effects. I also feel it for close to 48 hours.
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I finally got prescribed a benzo! After months and months of useless crap like Buspar.

My doc gave me 0.5 mgs of Klonopin to take twice a day. How long does it take for it to take effect... as in when will I know whether or not it's working?

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Did you get off the effexor or taking them together?

Anyway it usually takes about 1 hour to kick in for me, different people need different effective doses, some will find that .5 mg a day works wonders, others find they need about 2 mg to get a good effect.
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Kicks in at maybe 40 minutes for me, when swallowed. I usually dissolve them under my tongue though, so they kick in a lot more quickly.

If you're wondering if they take days or even weeks like antidepressants do, then no, klonopin works pretty much instantly.

My doc originally gave me 0.5mg twice day and it just made me kind of tired and flattened my mood. I talked to my doctor and now, I get the same overall amount per month (30mg), but I take 2mg when I feel like I need it, rather than twice a day, and I find it works a lot better like that.
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Hmm.. my doctor said it usually takes a week to feel some effect.

Yes I am still taking Effexor.
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I also feel it for close to 48 hours.
Really? I know that it's sposed to have a long half life, but when i take 1 mg before bed, the anxiolytic effects are gone by the time I wake up in the morning.
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Takes about 30 minutes, then it seems to reach its height about an hour in and remains stable after 2 hours. That's just how it seems to go for me.
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A week to feel the effect? O.o

When it use to work I would feel it in 20-30 minutes..The "buzz" would last about 2-4 hours and the over all calming would reach up to 24 hours.

When I started taking it regularly (1mg three times a day) I stopped feeling any effect after about 2 months. Just left me empty, flat, depressed, and it screwed up my cognition. I'm slowly tapering off and almost stable at .5mg a day. I plan for it to take about 3 more months to get off completely with minimal discomfort.

It's a great drug when taken as needed but if you plan on taking any benzo daily do research and know what you're getting into.
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me personally .5mg kpin twice a day. and for me it just levels me off the anxiety(SLIGHTLY). bassicaly for me from8,g to 10mgs effectve me/ in the past substace abuse problews. it you takin it to keep your anxiety, however, for fast reief xanax seems to be one of the fasting working. only reason i got off xsnsx was the fear of addiction. and klonopin has a fairly long half life so with time its functions my in prove
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I give it an hour to an hour and a half for it to properly kick in.

Lasts the whole day.
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maybe half an hour to an hour, but i find that it doesn't give me any "buzz" or any noticeable feeling really, I just slowly feel like that symptoms are going away, but it's so slow and marginal that I hardly notice it. Maybe I need a higher dosage, but afraid of getting addicted, so I force myself to take at most 1.5 mg a day but usually its 0.5 to 1 mg, which does JUST ENOUGH to get me through my day. I hate being in survival mode but I can't risk addiction.
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Really? I know that it's sposed to have a long half life, but when i take 1 mg before bed, the anxiolytic effects are gone by the time I wake up in the morning.
May have been a slight exaggeration-- more than 24 hours, so maybe 36. I have been prescribed it for the last year (and have only taken it a handful of times).
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Maybe he's just a poor metabolizer or something. I also have the experience that klonopin lasts a lot longer than it's "supposed" to, though not to the extreme of 36 hours. I'm feeling pretty good for at least the rest of the day though.

For me it definitely seems to have MUCH longer subjective effects than diazepam. I'm not sure what that implies.
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May have been a slight exaggeration-- more than 24 hours, so maybe 36. I have been prescribed it for the last year (and have only taken it a handful of times).
Your lucky if it lasts that long, what dose do you usually take anyway?
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Your lucky if it lasts that long, what dose do you usually take anyway?

OK I'll revise down again as I took one to see-- maybe a day worth of effects. I would have bet it was longer, maybe it was the first times I took it... oh well. .5 - 1.0mg
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Hmm maybe I should do my own experiment and take one in the morning, rather than before bed, to see how long in the day it lasts.
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Exclamation I was just priscribed klonopin last night...

I hope some1 can help me with info... This is the 1st time I get treated 4 my anxiety & i don't know how it's suppose 2 work... I took it last night & it kicked in this morning when I woke up... I still feel the shakes & all the anxiety symptoms... I feel a bit heavy... Is this normal???
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I finally got prescribed a benzo! After months and months of useless crap like Buspar.

My doc gave me 0.5 mgs of Klonopin to take twice a day. How long does it take for it to take effect... as in when will I know whether or not it's working?

Gracias amigos.
40-45 min. orally, about 5 min. sublingually!
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i was on it for three months and it didnt do me much good. i stopped taking it
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Use it in the morning on an empty stomach 2mg takes about 45 min.
really kills the racing thoughts i have in the morning.
It last the whole day.
i do take other benzo's on the side though
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