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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@jakedduck1

@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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Thanks Jake! I take clonazepam for Exaggerated Sleep Myoclonus-.a reaction to a medication called Reglan. When I found out after all these years that a side effect or tolerance effect of Klonopin was……. myoclonic jerks, I realized it was time to try weaning off and see if was Klonopin or my body causing the jerking. Glad I did. It's starting to look like the original Myoclonus has resolved after all this time.

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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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@sears
No problem at all. My taper was uneventful but long. You have to do it slowly. If your having symptoms your going to fast.
Jake

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I've been on Klonopin for decades. I have Spasmodic Torticollis with inner shakiness, head tremors, head turning, and enough electrical activity in my brain to light up NYC. I will be on Klonopin my entire lifetime. It's helped me live a normal life. Yes, I've heard getting off Klonopin is worse than getting off Heroin. That's from Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac the band. Some days I take 2 mg or when my neck goes wacko, I take 4 mg. I hate taking drugs, but Klonopin is necessary.

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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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Leonard, are there any laws in California? It appears California has become an Anarchy state. No laws, rules or regulations. Not getting into politics, but I know I could never live in California.

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@oakbourne

Leonard, are there any laws in California? It appears California has become an Anarchy state. No laws, rules or regulations. Not getting into politics, but I know I could never live in California.

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@oakbourne
Hi there,
Can’t walk down the street without tripping over a law, rule or regulation.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@oakbourne
Hi there,
Can’t walk down the street without tripping over a law, rule or regulation.
Jake

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Whoa, little doggie. I am speechless.

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@oakbourne

Whoa, little doggie. I am speechless.

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@oakbourne
lol, with almost 40 million people here, more than any state, no offense but stay put. California has the highest state tax rate, highest sales tax, highest gas tax, high cost of living, high crime. California has about 12% of the US population but 33% of people on welfare and the highest number of illegals who you will have the privilege of paying for their health care and nearly everything else.
Not to mention California is a desert with too little water, traffic, homelessness, English becoming second language, earthquakes, forest fires, droughts, floods, mudslides, liberals oops shouldn’t have said that🤐 The list goes on & on.
Glad to hear you couldn’t live here.
Jake

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@hazelblumberg

Abby, I’m pretty sure that my body is physically addicted to clonazepam after all the years I’ve been on it. And y’know what? I don’t care! It helps me.

I have had panic/anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember, even as a kid. I had no idea that I had “something.” I just figured everybody felt that way and that they were better at dealing with it than I was. When we lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, the University of Minnesota was conducting a study on panic/anxiety disorder. My husband saw the ad for it in the paper, decided it sounded a lot like me, and suggested I go. I got into the study. I have no idea if I was on a placebo or a drug. No matter what, I learned a lot about the illness, and I could get medical help after the study ended.

If clonazepam helps you, there is NO NEED to get off it. As to being an addict–I mean, who cares? We’re not talking any kind of dangerous addiction here. We’re talking about something that’s life saving.

And you would NOT be better off dead! You would have last-minute regrets, and you’d pull yourself out if you could. So, don’t do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sure that all of us with clinical depression have been there. It sucks. But things do get better. And docs do eventually find the right combination of meds. See my post below: I had to spend 3 1/2 weeks in a psych ward to find the combination of meds that help me, and I am actually grateful for my time in the psych ward.

Keep writing to us, OK?

Hazel

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Clonazapam affects both MEMORY and mood.
The prescriber did NOT tell me the side effects.

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@helenfrances

Clonazapam affects both MEMORY and mood.
The prescriber did NOT tell me the side effects.

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Hi, @helenfrances – I have had some minor memory problems from taking fluoxetine (Prozac), and I don't think my doctor warned me about that, either. I think that doctors really do weigh the pros and cons for you in prescribing, but I don't believe they always spell out all the side effects possible. In fact, I think that they really assume you read all the paperwork from the pharmacy on side effects, and they never know for sure what, if any, side effects you will experience (e.g., I've read a lot on Connect about patients having side effects from gabapentin, and when I took it for postherpetic neuralgia, I experienced no side effects while taking it or while tapering off). I've found pharmacists in their consults when you get a new medication seem to warn a bit more about side effects.

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@jakedduck1

@oakbourne
lol, with almost 40 million people here, more than any state, no offense but stay put. California has the highest state tax rate, highest sales tax, highest gas tax, high cost of living, high crime. California has about 12% of the US population but 33% of people on welfare and the highest number of illegals who you will have the privilege of paying for their health care and nearly everything else.
Not to mention California is a desert with too little water, traffic, homelessness, English becoming second language, earthquakes, forest fires, droughts, floods, mudslides, liberals oops shouldn’t have said that🤐 The list goes on & on.
Glad to hear you couldn’t live here.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 My, don't you sound like a representative of California Tourism!

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I would like suggestions on who to contact at Mayo Psychiatry to help my 40 year old son taper off of his prescription for Klonopin. Does Mayo offer a program for this?

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Hello @repeterb47. I sense your concern and care for your son's wanting to taper off of klonopin. Mayo Clinic also says,

"If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, do not stop taking it without checking first with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are using before stopping it completely. This may help prevent worsening of your condition and reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, hallucinations, stomach or muscle cramps, tremors, or unusual behavior." The best way to get information on an appointment with Mayo Clinic or to ask if Mayo has a program is to contact any of the three sites, http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

You may notice I moved your discussion and merged it with an existing discussion titled "Klonopin taper." I did this so you could meet the many members discussing the tapering of this particular medication.

@repeterb47, has your son been advised by a provider or pharmacist to stop the medication? Or is it a desire?

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DO NOT stop quickly. My doctor's mistake in a 2-week taper produced the worst 6 months of my life. If memory serves correctly, the Ashton schedule for 2mg. of klonopin is 6 months with a step-down to valium.

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @repeterb47. I sense your concern and care for your son's wanting to taper off of klonopin. Mayo Clinic also says,

"If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, do not stop taking it without checking first with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are using before stopping it completely. This may help prevent worsening of your condition and reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, hallucinations, stomach or muscle cramps, tremors, or unusual behavior." The best way to get information on an appointment with Mayo Clinic or to ask if Mayo has a program is to contact any of the three sites, http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

You may notice I moved your discussion and merged it with an existing discussion titled "Klonopin taper." I did this so you could meet the many members discussing the tapering of this particular medication.

@repeterb47, has your son been advised by a provider or pharmacist to stop the medication? Or is it a desire?

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @repeterb47. I sense your concern and care for your son's wanting to taper off of klonopin. Mayo Clinic also says,

"If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, do not stop taking it without checking first with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are using before stopping it completely. This may help prevent worsening of your condition and reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, hallucinations, stomach or muscle cramps, tremors, or unusual behavior." The best way to get information on an appointment with Mayo Clinic or to ask if Mayo has a program is to contact any of the three sites, http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

You may notice I moved your discussion and merged it with an existing discussion titled "Klonopin taper." I did this so you could meet the many members discussing the tapering of this particular medication.

@repeterb47, has your son been advised by a provider or pharmacist to stop the medication? Or is it a desire?

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Thank you for your reply! My son has been taking 1mg of clonazepam daily for over 6 years for anxiety/panic attacks. Unfortunately he needs to get off of it as he is facing some jail time in about 3 months for his second OWI in 10 years. The jail will not allow him to take the clonazepam while doing Huber.

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