Klonopin (clonazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) are both benzodiazepine medications frequently prescribed for anxiety, panic and sleep disorders. The primary factor in the Klonopin vs Xanax comparison is Klonopin’s long half-life; which results in a slower onset and longer duration of effects.
The faster onset of Xanax makes it a bit more effective when one finds oneself in a situation that may induce a panic attack. And, unlike Klonopin, the effects of Xanax last only two or three hours. Because of this, Xanax is more often used on an as-needed basis, while Klonopin is most effective taken daily. Its faster onset makes Xanax generally more euphoric — although this is somewhat subjective and varies from person to person — and increases the risk of abuse. Xanax is more addictive than Klonopin with a more severe risk of the withdrawal symptoms common to all benzodiazepines, including rebound anxiety and seizures.
Both Xanax and Klonopin are habit-forming and have a high potential for recreational use and abuse. A 2006 report by the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services found that Xanax was the most common recreational benzodiazepine in the U.S., followed by Klonopin. The introduction of these medications into one’s life, under a doctor’s supervision or otherwise, should be done only with proper fear and reverence.
Give us this day our daily meds,
and forgive us our benzos,
as we also have forgotten where we put our keys.
And lead us not into crowded elevators,
but deliver us from seizures.