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Is it possible to take 2 benzos?  (one for everyday use and another for breakthrough symptoms)?

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32 minutes ago, netsavy006 said:

Is it possible to take 2 benzos?  (one for everyday use and another for breakthrough symptoms)?

Yes. Depending on the symptoms/Dx you’re treating doctors will sometimes do it. Usually it’s a long acting benzo (ex. Klonipin, or less commonly Xanax XR) with a short acting (ex Xanax ir.) however, this isn’t a first line option, and you probably want to test out some other strategies first. Not all docs will do it, but some things (like panic disorder) may be helped by it 

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14 hours ago, netsavy006 said:

Is it possible to take 2 benzos?  (one for everyday use and another for breakthrough symptoms)?

As @Iceberg mentioned, yes some docs will do it, if you have bad breakthrough panic attacks, but just depends on the doc, IMO.

I see you are on Xanax, according to your sig......Maybe switching to a longer-acting benzo like Klonopin could give you better coverage if you are still having problems....

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Is it technically possible? Yes. Will your doctor or any local doctor prescribe two at the same time? Hard to say, but I'd imagine you'll need a pretty good reason, as the abuse/addiction potential, risk of respiratory depression (especially if you take other sedating meds), etc. counts against you. The other hurdle is if you use insurance and are in the US, you might get push back from. They'll likely say either use a longer acting benzo, increase the dose of the original or try other non-benzo meds for anxiety first. 

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Yes, it’s possible. I’m on 2 different ones... daily Klonopin with PRN Ativan. I’m diagnosed with Panic Disorder. I’ve not had any issues with insurance covering both meds. Though I did get questioned by a Pharmacist one time.

Though I must note that my anxiety is quite severe. If I didn’t have the PRN Ativan I’d likely end up in the ER a lot. I take it for breakthrough panic attacks and agitation.

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Yes.

My pdoc has prescribed me Xanax XR + Xanax in this manner, and I believe at once Klonopin + a short-acting one (can't remember if it was Xanax or Serax) at one point.

It's difficult to convince some prescribers that you truly need this much, but in the past (before my OD-ing on benzos), my pdoc was relatively easy to convince that I needed that kind of regimen.

I think she prefers long-acting benzos, but will not hesitate to give x90 Xanax 1 mg for a 30-day supply if she truly thinks you'll benefit from it.

I hope your pdoc is similar and considers this for you if it will benefit you.

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