Starting Klonopin Taper, Scared of the Horror Stories

Posted by njp1013 @njp1013, Jan 26, 2020

Hi all- I am expecting to get a plan from my psychiatrist to begin tapering down .5mg of klonopin 2x daily that I have been on for 4 months (I have been taking buspar for a month and hope to use that as my anxiety med, also am on 225 mg effexor daily), the stories on the internet about doing this are horrifying and right now i feel like the prospect of doing this is the #1 cause of my anxiety, feel like I’m getting ready for surgery or something. Has anyone gone thru this process and found it manageable? I need to hear it’s possible. Thanks.

@njp1013

I always carry 1/2 a pill with me for emergencies , never had to use it, some people carry a gun I carry a pill lol.

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🦧Don’t let him win.
Sounds like you are doing a great job… nothing wrong with a back up pill. Soon you will not even remember that you need/want it!
Stay the course and say one for me… I have proudly arrived at 1/2 a day. Yay me😇

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Hi all, I’m the original poster on this thread, just want to let you all know I have been completely off klonopin for 30 days now, I came off slowly over 5 months from .5mg 2x day that I was on for three months, so not a high dose and not a long time on it but nevertheless I did do it 😊. happy to say I did not experience anything too horrific. I would have physical pain in the first week at each step down (flu like aches which is why I paused the taper for a while at the beginning of COVID) and some increased anxiety symptoms the second week which mostly subsided. Overall I feel ok, still taking effexor and buspar. I’m glad to know that I don’t have to fear a klonopin taper anymore bc it’s done, so that is the main benefit I get. My advice would be klonopin is a life saver when you are waiting for an anti depressant to kick in. It made my life livable during that time. but I also reached a point where I felt ready to try life without it again bc the fear of going without it was a barrier to my full recovery, for me, that may not be the case with every one. Work with your doctor and take what you need to take to feel like yourself. When you want to try coming off make sure your doctor approves go slow and don’t be afraid to pause or go back if you need to. This was my third try. Ok well thanks everyone I didn’t want to leave you hanging, feel free to dm me or email me if you have more ?s
Nick

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@njp1013

Hi all, I’m the original poster on this thread, just want to let you all know I have been completely off klonopin for 30 days now, I came off slowly over 5 months from .5mg 2x day that I was on for three months, so not a high dose and not a long time on it but nevertheless I did do it 😊. happy to say I did not experience anything too horrific. I would have physical pain in the first week at each step down (flu like aches which is why I paused the taper for a while at the beginning of COVID) and some increased anxiety symptoms the second week which mostly subsided. Overall I feel ok, still taking effexor and buspar. I’m glad to know that I don’t have to fear a klonopin taper anymore bc it’s done, so that is the main benefit I get. My advice would be klonopin is a life saver when you are waiting for an anti depressant to kick in. It made my life livable during that time. but I also reached a point where I felt ready to try life without it again bc the fear of going without it was a barrier to my full recovery, for me, that may not be the case with every one. Work with your doctor and take what you need to take to feel like yourself. When you want to try coming off make sure your doctor approves go slow and don’t be afraid to pause or go back if you need to. This was my third try. Ok well thanks everyone I didn’t want to leave you hanging, feel free to dm me or email me if you have more ?s
Nick

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@njp1013 I'm so glad that you checked back to share your success story, Nick. I like your comment, "…Klonopin is a lifesaver when you are waiting for an antidepressant to kick in." That was a great use of this drug. I'm glad that you anticipated some of the difficulties and that you were able to "ride it out."

I hope that your success will encourage others who are using this med until their antidepressant med begins to work.

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@njp1013

Hi all, I’m the original poster on this thread, just want to let you all know I have been completely off klonopin for 30 days now, I came off slowly over 5 months from .5mg 2x day that I was on for three months, so not a high dose and not a long time on it but nevertheless I did do it 😊. happy to say I did not experience anything too horrific. I would have physical pain in the first week at each step down (flu like aches which is why I paused the taper for a while at the beginning of COVID) and some increased anxiety symptoms the second week which mostly subsided. Overall I feel ok, still taking effexor and buspar. I’m glad to know that I don’t have to fear a klonopin taper anymore bc it’s done, so that is the main benefit I get. My advice would be klonopin is a life saver when you are waiting for an anti depressant to kick in. It made my life livable during that time. but I also reached a point where I felt ready to try life without it again bc the fear of going without it was a barrier to my full recovery, for me, that may not be the case with every one. Work with your doctor and take what you need to take to feel like yourself. When you want to try coming off make sure your doctor approves go slow and don’t be afraid to pause or go back if you need to. This was my third try. Ok well thanks everyone I didn’t want to leave you hanging, feel free to dm me or email me if you have more ?s
Nick

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Congratulations!

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Big congratulations! You give me hope,

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I needed this! I am tapering.

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@helenfrances

I needed this! I am tapering.

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im glad it helps 🙂 remember your health and your life comes first, the goal is to live life the way you want to live it and if getting off klonopin is a part of that then that is great if not that is ok too..

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Now that we have heard of @njp1013 's success, how is everyone else doing that mentioned they were tapering? I would love to know everyone's progress.

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