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Allergic cross-sensitivity between benzodiazpines


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A very troubling thing seems to have happened. I think I've gone allergic to my clonazepam (as a secondary reponse to my super-allergic reaction to Lamictal). I get itchiness and rhinitis that's pretty well correlated in onset with the timing of my Klonopin dose. E.g. if I hold off on the bulk of the dose until night, I don't itch until soon after I take it. It's manageable, but can get pretty annoying, especially as it interferes with my sleep breathing.

I really can't do a dose reduction from where I'm at; at least in a size that's monitorable (1/8 of an mg). I would like to switch to Valium, either as an alternative or to do a slower taper. I realize that all benzos warn against cross-sensitivity to others in the PI sheet (i.e. don't take this if you've ever had an allergic reaction to other benzos).

But, I'm wondering if anyone has been allergic to one and not to others. Or whether anyone knows of any studies indictating similar.

Thanks,

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If you're taking the name brand stuff you might want to try taking the generic or vice versa ( or the wafers) in case it's an inactive ingredient you're reacting to.
Thanks for the suggestion, VE. Brand isn't covered under my insurance, meaning $800 out of pocket. But, I've had the allergic-type symptoms on two different generics (pinks and yellows). Do you think additionally trying brand would actually make all that much difference in light of that?

Thanks,

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