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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@fluffykitty

@bk63 I use Clonazepam. Much easier to cut or taper. I started with 1.5mg in November 2018 and slowly shaved off 10% every 2 weeks. I am down to using a .50 pill which cuts in half very nicely. So I used the half pill which is .25. And I am slowly cutting little pieces off. It is working great! No withdrawals at all. Just a little hard to fall asleep. I hope all of you are doing good. Don’t give up. And thanks for all your tips. The melatonin helps me and drinking lots of water. I’m going to get some zinc and magnesium to take also.

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@fluffykitty
Hi fluffy,
I like your username. I don’t remember for sure how I did it at the end except I was taking tiny chips. If memory serves which is questionable I took smaller and smaller chips everyday. Don’t remember if I went every other day but I doubt it. Every other day might work though. So it should take between 1-2 days for half of it to be out of your system. It’s half life is 30-40 hours. I only remember taking Dilantin on an every other day basis and that was because it was at a toxic level. I took it for seizures and was on 18mg a day. 20mg is the maximum dose. I didn’t know about compounding pharmacies in the 80’s, I think it took me 2-3 years to stop it. Wish I was more helpful.
Take care,
Jake

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Hello Everyone on this site. I am so happy I found it. I just wish I had found it years ago. I appreciate all your help and experiences. I’m seeing how different our bodies react to certain medications. I found it March 7 of this year. Just wanted to thank you for sharing with all of us. I wish you well in all your tapering and adjusting to meds and finding the right one that works.. And a special thank you to all the Moderators that respond to our questions.
thank you
Fluffykitty

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I’ve been taking Klonopin in various dosages for over 25 years, and have no idea why I would wish to stop. Ideally, I would like to not have to take any medication, but there are good reasons for that which has been prescribed. I am not calling out those whose physicians present a valid medical reason to taper off Klonopin or any other drug. I do observe that many of us for whom anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications are appropriate that there is a desire to stop, often without medical supervision. I don’t understand why.

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@elwooodsdad

I’ve been taking Klonopin in various dosages for over 25 years, and have no idea why I would wish to stop. Ideally, I would like to not have to take any medication, but there are good reasons for that which has been prescribed. I am not calling out those whose physicians present a valid medical reason to taper off Klonopin or any other drug. I do observe that many of us for whom anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications are appropriate that there is a desire to stop, often without medical supervision. I don’t understand why.

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@elwooodsdad Most of us who are on here trying to get off antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications are doing so because the meds are either not working anymore or they are already causing us problems in our lives. It's not many of us who just decided "I don't want to be on these anymore"!

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@falon

@elwooodsdad Most of us who are on here trying to get off antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications are doing so because the meds are either not working anymore or they are already causing us problems in our lives. It's not many of us who just decided "I don't want to be on these anymore"!

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My apologies. I didn't wish to sound dismissive, nor group everyone under the same tent. I think you may concede that there are those, for what they believe to be their own good and sufficient reasons, feel the need to self un-medicate to their own peril. I have changed anti-depressants several times, and the last experience was truly unpleasant. Trintillix did not serve me well, but a change from that to Prozac seems to have done well. As for Klonopin, i will continue and count my blessings. My best to you and all those who are experiencing issues which are drug driven as you seek to establish some equilibrium in your lives. My apologies again should my remarks be offensive to anyone.

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@elwooodsdad

My apologies. I didn't wish to sound dismissive, nor group everyone under the same tent. I think you may concede that there are those, for what they believe to be their own good and sufficient reasons, feel the need to self un-medicate to their own peril. I have changed anti-depressants several times, and the last experience was truly unpleasant. Trintillix did not serve me well, but a change from that to Prozac seems to have done well. As for Klonopin, i will continue and count my blessings. My best to you and all those who are experiencing issues which are drug driven as you seek to establish some equilibrium in your lives. My apologies again should my remarks be offensive to anyone.

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@elwooodsdad I totally get your point as well as everyone's reasoning for staying on, or getting off of Klonopin. Klonopin LITERALLY, saved my life. I developed two rare neurological disorders that were life-threatening. I was put on Depakote and Klonopin hoping it would control my health problems , and I thank God, that these medications exists. Yes, I know the dangers for people who worry about long term use or withdrawals, and I am concerned as I slowly taper, until either I have to stay on a lower dose, or perhaps be able to eventually do without it. But I would have been a dead duck 10 years ago without it, leaving behind my husband to raise our son with autism alone. Everyone has different reasons to have been prescribed Klonopin. Some unjustly, when there were other medications doctors could have used. Some in my case, when they didn't know anything else that could help in a serious situation. Best of luck to everyone in their journey.

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That's too heavy a dose. Since Klonopin causes serious changes in brain chemistry, you need to start a taper by lowering 10 % every two weeks. The last dose of 0.50 will need to continue for 30 days before you move to 0.25 thrice a day and wean off over 7 days.

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Has anyone posting on this klonopin thread been seen at the Mayo Clinic for this or related problems? I would really like to hear some feedback on this!

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@fluffykitty

Hi Parus. I have been on Clonazepam for 20 years. It helped me thru my rough years. Change of life was hard. It helped me get thru. I was afraid to go off of 1.5 mil a day because of all the videos I watched of people withdrawing. Fear of going off kept me taking it. But I decided to go for it because of all the bad news on Benzos today. I started in November 2018. I am tapering 8/10% every week or 2 weeks. I decided to let my body tell me if I was going too fast. Well, I am down to .25 mil. at bedtime. I also take melatonin at night. I am doing great. I have not had any withdrawals. I just wish I would have gone off sooner. Tell everyone that not all people have difficulties weaning off. Just like you posted. Best wishes to everyone. Keep up your good work, you can do it. @parus. @lisalucier

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So happy to hear this! Sick of all the horror stories you read about on the internet. I’m getting ready to taper.

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@falon

@elwooodsdad Most of us who are on here trying to get off antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications are doing so because the meds are either not working anymore or they are already causing us problems in our lives. It's not many of us who just decided "I don't want to be on these anymore"!

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Xanax quit working for me. Made me very ill. Horrible drug.

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@parus

@1mountaingirl86
As I read your words I was reading your fears. There are times our fears can overtake and consume us. I understand and even feel your fears. All you can do is your best. Not everyone experiences difficulties in weaning off of benzodiazepines. Oft we only hear about the negative things. Try to do something you enjoy to help you get through this time. A hard thing to do with the not knowing what to expect.

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I would love to hear some success stories about tapering off a benzo. Is it hell for everyone? Has anyone tapered off easily?

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@sears

I would love to hear some success stories about tapering off a benzo. Is it hell for everyone? Has anyone tapered off easily?

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I have tapered down to .25. That has been the best I have been able to do right now

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Hi, I tapered my adult son off Clonazepam (generic of Klonipin) very slowly by using CBD tincture approximately taken every 4-5 hours. He was taking 1 mg twice a day of clonazepam previously when we first started the taper. . It took months but he is now just taking an SSRI and has reduced the atypical antipsychotic by more than half the dose of what he previously was on and no more clonazepam and Guanficine. . The CBD is 18:1 ratio and I am using a brand that was recommended by a reputable marijuana dispensary. Tapering was also done under the guidance of a psychiatrist. The CBD should be lab tested and be a reputable brand. . He suffered no side effects and this ration of CBD to THC does not make one high ie it is not psychoactive. I slowly increased the CBD dosage while decreasing the clonazepam. Would recommend reducing only 1 psychiatric drug at a time and going very slowly . I am hopeful that I can get him off all psychiatric drugs since I believe the atypical antipsychotic started impacting his liver and also his bone density. There have been no side effects with the CBD so far.

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@sears

I would love to hear some success stories about tapering off a benzo. Is it hell for everyone? Has anyone tapered off easily?

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Hi @sears ,
I have been tapering from 1.25mg since September of last year. I decided to taper slower than the different tapers usually recommend. I have done great! I have had very minor symptoms, such as mild muscle spasms off and on, and some jerky movements (myoclonic jerks). But nothing that has changed my life. I am down to almost 0.25 where you are. Wonderful looking back that I am off 1mg! I am hopeful that I will continue to do well, but I will slow down a little more as I get close to the end. Praying you and everyone here does well!

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@lizaa

Hi @sears ,
I have been tapering from 1.25mg since September of last year. I decided to taper slower than the different tapers usually recommend. I have done great! I have had very minor symptoms, such as mild muscle spasms off and on, and some jerky movements (myoclonic jerks). But nothing that has changed my life. I am down to almost 0.25 where you are. Wonderful looking back that I am off 1mg! I am hopeful that I will continue to do well, but I will slow down a little more as I get close to the end. Praying you and everyone here does well!

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@lizaa
WOW, ATTA GIRL!!!!!
I’m impressed
At the end is when I took an infinitesimal dose well that’s an exaggeration, but a very small dose. Someone who actually understands what slow means. Good for you.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Jake

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