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Is There Any Reason to Take Effexor XR in Combination With Klonopin?

I was recently prescribed .25mg of Klonopin (2-3 times daily), and 37.5mg of Effexor XR daily. I don't like the idea of taking any SSRI or SNRI, but having set out for a Klonopin Rx I happily took the prescriptions from my psychiatrist and left -- if my willingness to take an SNRI makes him less reluctant to give me a benzo prescription, I'm not going to risk telling him how I think Effexor will do **** for my SA and that my serotonin levels are perfectly fine.

I will not be taking the Klonopin daily, it is not worth building a tolerance quickly and thus rendering the medication ineffective. Good thing my psychiatrist feels differently, as this gives me a total of 45mg of Klonopin to work with until I can find what dose gives me the best results. I will start with .25mg, raising my dose in .25mg increments if necessary until peak effectiveness is reached (although not ever going above 1-1.5mg unless advised, or if tolerance is built).

My question is, should I try out the Klonopin and not even touch the Effexor XR if I've found the solution to my SA? I can't see how this could hurt, but it'd be nice to hear an opinion from someone other than a biased, SRI-pushing psychotherapist for a change.
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I'd recommend discussing exactly what you posted here with your psychiatrist.

But I'll share my experience. I currently take Effexor and Klonopin together and the combination has been worked great for me. A single dose of Effexor in the morning and a single dose of Klonopin at night daily and PRN during the day.

But again everyone is different and it's something you should discuss directly with your psych.
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I would just take the Klonopin and not touch the Effexor. Effexor is the hardest thing I have even gotten off of and did nothing for my SA.
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If the klonopin is working for you, I can't see any good reason to get into the side-effexor. But I agree with Drew--discuss it with your pdoc first. If he insists that you take an SNRI or SSRI, maybe he could prescribe something instead of the effexor.
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