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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@dablues I am assuming you have no in network provider and you are in need of your medication. You are attempting to taper because you do not have anymore medication due to your previous provider being out of network where you live. Is that right?

As members have said, it's important to taper with provider guidance. To do so on your own could be dangerous. I'm wondering if you can call your previous PCP who is out of network and ask them if they can still prescribe the medication to taper. I would also suggest calling your insurance company and letting them know your situation. Your insurance may be able to provide options you are unaware of such as prior authorization or telemedicine. Would you consider trying any of these options?

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@jmccutch

Hi There @dawgbone,
I feel for you. The clonazepan taper is really rough. I was on 2 mg for 5 years for a neurological movement disorder. It was necessary for me to taper as the Clonazepam was causing my white blood cell count to drop.
It has been a year and I have been able to taper to 1.5 mg. For me, trying to do anymore than that was causing insomnia and the terrible anxiety and the feeling of dying you mentioned. I felt horrible, but going out and being with people helped me get my mind on something else. It is important to do thing you used to enjoy, be with family, friends or anything that gives you a sense of accomplishment. I know I had no desire to do that, but forcing myself made me feel better and took my mind off my anxiety. You may be going to quickly on your taper. I had two doctors tell me .25 every six month. And that is from their experiences with other patients. There is a sight called benzo buddies which is helpful for those of us tapering off the Benzos.
I found the best advice on that site. You are blessed to have grandchildren. Take care off yourself. I found that exercise and meditation classes help. Also being outside and soaking in the sun. I hope this helps. All my best to you and a big hug.

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Thank you for sharing your story… and Benzo buddies

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@helenfrances

Thank you for sharing your story… and Benzo buddies

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I would suggest that anyone trying to taper a benzo stay as far away from sites like Benzo buddies as you can. Theses sites should be banned. They’re horrifying. My apologies to those who find them helpful.

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