Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Let's review...

When you see a patient taking Klonopin, it's helpful to recall the approximate dose equivalents:

Klonopin 0.25 mg is approximately equivalent to Xanax 0.5 mg, or Ativan 1 mg, or Valium 5 mg, or Librium 10 mg.

Of course, the kinetics are different, and there is tolerance and so on. But high potency meds can be...highly potent.

Now, if they are also taking other sedating meds (for example, if their med list also includes an opiate, an anticonvulsant, and a sleeping pill), at certain doses, you might well imagine how the patient might be walking, talking, thinking, or breathing (or not).
Reference: Kaplan & Saddock, Pocket handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, 2nd edition.
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