So I was checking the benzo comparison charts, and the bad news is that Xanax is one of the 2 preferred drugs for panic attacks. The good news is that Klonopin is the other (guess that's why I'm on it).
I can tell you that I was having almost daily attacks when I started, and I'd take Klonopin 3 times a day, I would feel like I needed it in the middle of the day etc. Now I seriously only take it once a day about 75% of the time, and that one time is at bed time most nights.
At my worst, I was taking 1 mg daily, now most days I take .5 mg. My prescription is written so I can take anywhere between .75 and 4 mg daily, so yes, I'm taking less than prescribed right now, and I've never taken the max dosage. I go in for another appointment next week. I'm going to see if I can switch to as needed or if I should continue daily for a little while longer.
I believe the goal of psychiatric medication is to make you better. When I started taking the Klonopin I felt like myself at my very best. I think that's the sign something is working. If you feel worse, or the side effects make you not want to take the drug, you should revisit your treatment options. There are so many options out there, don't settle!!