Weird that i'm asking this seeing as I have over 10+ years experience with benzodiazepines (anything from ativan to etizolam to ROHYPNOL which i guess is a "hypnotic benzo") but I know i'm going to get alot of different opinions on this site so i'm really curious to hear y'alls opinions.
I started using the 2mg xanax tablets recreationally when I was pretty young ( about 14 years old) and now 24...I had stopped for a while but started having panic attacks and always had alot of anxiety and was finally diagnosed with GAD and Panic disorder... which I, personally think is due to the years of using xanax recreationally and self-medicating myself. So at around 21 years old I got my first prescription....the .25 mg xanax twice a day PRN...moved up to 0.5mg twice a day PRN and was fine at that for a while...(at this point just wanted to feel fine, didnt want to get high)...so I stayed on it for about 2 years and one time outta no where my nurse practitioner that prescribes me these benzos says i've been on xanax for a while so she said she was gonna switch me to ativan 0.5 mgs twice a day and said it was the equivalent (which I know that ativan is WEAKER than xanax and 2mgs ativan = 1mg xanax roughly) anyways....so the next visit I told my doc the ativan just wasnt working and that I thought 0.5 was just too low of a dose after being on for a few years...so I suggested that she put me on Klonopin or Valium and she said that the Valium was highly addicting like Xanax so she would rather put me on Kpins and she did.... 1 MG Klonopin twice a day PRN....and this has been working wonderful for me for the past year. the other day I ran out and it was on a saturday (didnt think ahead of time) and had no refills so I got some good ol' xanax (2mg tablets) from a buddy of mine. and it made me feel sooo much better than the klonopin, made me way more social...etc...etc...but I guess I was just enjoying the high that it gave me. SO ANYWAYS enough blabbing...just wanted to get yalls opinions for next time I see the doctor cause i am going to a "shrink" this time...Shall I stay on Klonopin for my panic disorder or try and get a xanax script again?
basically I want opinions: which is better? which is stronger? and what is the better drug for panic attacks and general anxiety disorder? Klonopin (Clonazepam) or Xanax (Alprazolam) ???? or maybe suggest another benzodiazepine??? THANKS.