Klonopin taper

Posted by dawgbone @dawgbone, Jul 31, 2017

I have been on some kind of benzo for almost 40 yrs. I am trying to taper from 1.5-2 mgs of klonopin daily . Began in mid may 2017 and my last cut was very small on 7-2-17 to get to 1mg. Honestly feels like i am dying. I also take trazodone 75 mgs and 4 drugs for high blood pressure. I have been researching gabapentin and seroquel to help with the withdrawal symptons. Please offer any suggestions or help. I am 69 yrs old and cant even leave my house to visit my kids and grands. Thank you for any help!

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@colleenyoung

@lorraine59 keep in mind that even in Canada, patients have the right to a second opinion. Naturally this is more easily done in urban areas or areas where doctors are taking patients. Have you considered getting a second opinion?

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Thanks Colleen,here in Nova Scotia we have such a shortage of Drs. that trying to find one is difficult. But I have connected with N.S.dept.of Mental Health. Hopefully they can help me find what kind of help I need to deal with underling issues that cause so much anxiety, and panic attacks that leave me unable to function.

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@lorraine59

Since I'm not familiar with the Canadian Medical system, I recommend that you follow Colleen Young's advice about getting a second opinion about your situation. I'm happy you have an appointment with the Mental Health section for the 30th. Please let me know how that goes. My first grandson is getting married on December 1, so I probably won't be able to respond to you until the next day. Good luck. I hope the next appointment is a fruitful one.

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Thank you for your support, it means a great deal to me! Lorraine

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Is it legal in the state of Georgia for a doctor to completely take you off Klonopin that I been on for 4 years?

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@hiswifehisqueen

Is it legal in the state of Georgia for a doctor to completely take you off Klonopin that I been on for 4 years?

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Hi, @hiswifehisqueen, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I've merged your post with this discussion, "Klonopin Taper" so that you could meet others discussing this topic. Please meet @jakedduck1 @lorraine59 @gailb @stressedmesseddepressed @dawna and others. I'm confident they will have some insights for you.

It sounds as though your doctor is wanting to taper off clonazepam (Klonopin). Will you share a bit about what you were talking it for? Is an alternate medication to be prescribed?

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@judith2

I have been on 1mg klonopin for 20 years. I'm in my 60s and no longer work outside the home. I have decided to taper off as I no longer have the stresses and asthma that I once had. My asthma was caused by smoggy city and food allergies. Those have all been resolved. No longer running a business and working additionally as a nurse while being a single parent was super anxiety causing.
I reduced from 1mg to.75 mg and then.50 mg which wasn't too difficult. I did have withdrawal S/S but they leveled out. Luckily I have been able to sleep. I have found that reducing to .25mg is much more difficult. So I am just cutting off about 1/4th of half of a 1mg tab. My psychiatrist got angry with me when I tried to taper off in the past so I haven't asked him for a .5mg tablet. I have read that the last and smaller doses are the most difficult as far as withdrawal symptoms go. I'll try to stay on approximately.365mg for another 2 weeks and then down to .25mg. I really an hoping to hang in there until I am off Klonopin for good.
Has anyone stayed at.25 mg and then jumped off or should I plan to go down to.125 mg and then off? Thanks so much

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I've been taking 1mg for over 10yrs now. I was able to taper down to .125 but withdrawal symptoms were bad and I was starting a new job so I ended back at 1mg. I'm looking for something to help me get through the last few weeks…. does anybody here have experience with CBD? I feel like it would be my best bet as I want no pills in my life

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@hiswifehisqueen
Hi there,
I don’t know anything about Georgia, I’m from California and it is amazing what the medical profession is allowed to get away with. A nurse came to my Mentally Handicaped cousin’s apartment and confiscated all his medication knowing he was coming to my house for Heart surgery.
If your doctor does stop your Klonopin make sure he stops it slowly. That was the most difficult drug I ever came off of. I hope you have better luck getting off of it than I did. If it comes to that.
May I ask why your taking it and what dose?
Is the medication helping you? Why does the doctor want you to stop it?
I’m with you in spirit, wishing you hope, health & happiness.
Jake

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@freemefrombenzo

I've been taking 1mg for over 10yrs now. I was able to taper down to .125 but withdrawal symptoms were bad and I was starting a new job so I ended back at 1mg. I'm looking for something to help me get through the last few weeks…. does anybody here have experience with CBD? I feel like it would be my best bet as I want no pills in my life

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Hi, @freemefrombenzo – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. That is really rough that the withdrawal symptoms from the clonazepam (Klonopin) were bad, especially with starting a new job.

We do have a large discussion on CBD and anxiety and depression you might check out and post any questions to https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cbd-oil-and-depression-anxiety/?pg=1#chv4-comment-stream-header

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I weaned off of Klonopin 15 years ago when I got sober. I know it stays in your fatty tissue for about a year. I was weaned off slowly, but still experienced muscle twitches and some difficulty sleeping. But they lessened each week. I have a sponsee who’s being tapered off by her medical Dr., with the goal of eventually stopping altogether. He has her take one milligram one night, half a milligram the next night, then one milligram, then half, etc. The days that she takes half, she’s having withdrawal symptoms. That seems like an odd way to detox. Any input?

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@jakedduck1

@hiswifehisqueen
Hi there,
I don’t know anything about Georgia, I’m from California and it is amazing what the medical profession is allowed to get away with. A nurse came to my Mentally Handicaped cousin’s apartment and confiscated all his medication knowing he was coming to my house for Heart surgery.
If your doctor does stop your Klonopin make sure he stops it slowly. That was the most difficult drug I ever came off of. I hope you have better luck getting off of it than I did. If it comes to that.
May I ask why your taking it and what dose?
Is the medication helping you? Why does the doctor want you to stop it?
I’m with you in spirit, wishing you hope, health & happiness.
Jake

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Unfortunately, most Dr.’s don’t receive enough education about addictive medications. Hopefully that’s changing, but I so believe that the more knowledge the patient can get about their medications, the better.

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Hi @dawgbone, how are you doing now? I am in the same situation with clonazepam and about your age. Do you have any advice for me from your experience? I don't want to give up but I am suffering badly with the side effects whenever I cut my doses mostly from hissing and burning in the head, insomnia and anxiety.

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@janopal

Hi @dawgbone, how are you doing now? I am in the same situation with clonazepam and about your age. Do you have any advice for me from your experience? I don't want to give up but I am suffering badly with the side effects whenever I cut my doses mostly from hissing and burning in the head, insomnia and anxiety.

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Hi, @janopal, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you are tapering your clonazepam and experiencing a lot of side effects.

What has your doctor said about your taper and any possible adjustments or treatment for the side effects, @janopal?

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to let people know that after much suffering, and terrified of my next taper,I decided to take things into my own hands. Since my GP ignored my request to refer me to a Psychiatrist, I got hold of Mental Health myself. I had an appointment last week to discuss what was happening to me with a clinician,and then she would get back to me after a discussing me with a team of professionals. She called me back and I have an appointment on the 31st.Yesterday, I had to see my GP for other reasons,( the same one who after 3 failed attempts of tapering me) brought up the subject of Clonazepam, I told him that I had my basis covered, that I had joined this forum, did much research on clonazepam, and had an appt. all set up with a psychiatrist. I was firm with him about not going through hell again, to the point of ending up twice in hospital for several days.He actually listened to me, as I reminded him he was the one who kept me so long on this drug, at the same dose for over 30 + years not knowing I was even on a benzo! I told him from what I have read, it would probably take me years to get off of this drug. He agreed with me!! Much to my surprise, he told me he would keep me on a dose that I was comfortable with, and let me decide how and when I felt if I wanted to taper this drug! He told me my health and happiness were more important than seeing me suffer. I was so shocked that he was actually hearing me.We had a discussion about how in the early 80's it was presented to physicians as a "wonder drug", until people had such a hard time coming off of it. and the longer a patient was on it the harder it would be! I looked at him and said "Welcome to my life".He smiled at me and said "I will not make it any harder for you Lorraine" and wished me a Merry Christmas! I left his office in a daze, but so grateful. I would not have gotten to this point without the encouragement from all of you! I am down from 6mgs. to 4mgs. and am feeling good! Thank you all, and Merry Christmas! Lorraine

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@lorraine59

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let people know that after much suffering, and terrified of my next taper,I decided to take things into my own hands. Since my GP ignored my request to refer me to a Psychiatrist, I got hold of Mental Health myself. I had an appointment last week to discuss what was happening to me with a clinician,and then she would get back to me after a discussing me with a team of professionals. She called me back and I have an appointment on the 31st.Yesterday, I had to see my GP for other reasons,( the same one who after 3 failed attempts of tapering me) brought up the subject of Clonazepam, I told him that I had my basis covered, that I had joined this forum, did much research on clonazepam, and had an appt. all set up with a psychiatrist. I was firm with him about not going through hell again, to the point of ending up twice in hospital for several days.He actually listened to me, as I reminded him he was the one who kept me so long on this drug, at the same dose for over 30 + years not knowing I was even on a benzo! I told him from what I have read, it would probably take me years to get off of this drug. He agreed with me!! Much to my surprise, he told me he would keep me on a dose that I was comfortable with, and let me decide how and when I felt if I wanted to taper this drug! He told me my health and happiness were more important than seeing me suffer. I was so shocked that he was actually hearing me.We had a discussion about how in the early 80's it was presented to physicians as a "wonder drug", until people had such a hard time coming off of it. and the longer a patient was on it the harder it would be! I looked at him and said "Welcome to my life".He smiled at me and said "I will not make it any harder for you Lorraine" and wished me a Merry Christmas! I left his office in a daze, but so grateful. I would not have gotten to this point without the encouragement from all of you! I am down from 6mgs. to 4mgs. and am feeling good! Thank you all, and Merry Christmas! Lorraine

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Wow, Lorraine, I am so happy for you. I will be having the same conversation with my Doc soon. Hoping it goes as well as yours. I will be in touch by private message soon. Again, Phew!

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@janopal
Hi there,
Have you talked to your doctor and asked if you could increase your Klonopin by small increments until your symptoms go away then continue to decrease your medication? Remember, very very slowly!!!
Wishing you the best of health,
Jake

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