Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril)

Posted by mmussak @mmussak, Dec 19, 2018

Hi my name is Mary and I am a first time user of ever using a discussion blog online but have felt in my heart I need some advice and help with an issue I am having. My dr I have seen for many years moved out of state and referred me to another phychiatrist within his office. At the time of his moving away he had me weaning off clorazapam slowly and doing it as slow to not make it not so difficult as you all know , and I was doing well at it until I was having extreme chest pain and they put me in the hospital for 2 days to check to make sure it wasn’t my heart, with all this happening I knew it was the weaning off the meds that was causing it so i went back up in dosage and it all went away again, and I was almost off it…My old dr started me on this med 27 years ago and I had no idea what it was but my body anxiety was shutting down my body and it helped it all go away so i didnt question it, well not until I went to school for nursing did I find out what it was all about. He put me on .5 mg three times a day and that stayed that way for 27 years not knowing what It does later in years, so I asked my dr to help me with the weaning off it, so our weaning process was as follows: Take .5 in a.m. ,25 afternoon and ,5 evening dose for 2 weeks then cut morning dose to .25 afternoon to .25 and evening .5 for 2 weeks then finally .25 three times a day for 6 weeks and then starting the last of the wean at this point the same as we did the first .25 till i was off. My new dr went from .50 3 times daily to .25 two times a day starting right away to get off it, that is over 1.0 mg a day off it all in one day and forward , I am already sad and crying because I dont know what to do, I have been there and I know how hard it was just to get off the way my old dr did slowly…..anyone out there that can help me with what to do I am so scared and I don’t think she knows how extremely hard it is to get off this stupid stuff or that I really do want to do it, but please make it as painless as possible if there is such a thing with these meds. At 56 I didnt think I would have to go through menapause and this hell(sorry about the word but so true) all at once…at times I think it would be easier to just get cancer or something and die. Sorry but its true if you have been there you will understand. PLease help me!!!

@annfsd

THIS IS FOR EVERYONE…..
This past week or so has been rough. Monday of last week I started a new bottle of clonazepam( .5mg tablets) from my local Walgreens. I started to feel really sick and nauseous, benzo flu symptoms, increased anxiety, not sleeping as well as I normally can. Tuesday I woke up feeling depression, which I normally don’t have, as well as being even more nauseous. I had some really strong chest pains after my morning pill (.125mg). Couldn’t eat much due to my stomach and a migraine headache. Wednesday, same thing. I felt so awful Wednesday night and I told my husband I felt like I was in acute WD, but it’s been 8 days since I reduced my dosage which was tiny and I’d been thru the hard part for that cut. Thursday night I slept 3 hours and started vomiting at 5:30 am. My husband thought maybe I actually had the flu, but no fever and no body aches like flu. So I googled the generic pill that I have been on since my taper started and WOW what many people said wasn’t good. I have been taking the ACCORD brand .5mg clonazepam tablet, it’s peach colored. I had a script of Solco .5mg clonazepam that the pharmacy had filled and replaced bc I only use the Accord pill. It cuts better, shatters less. So I took Solco and i realized pretty quick it was different. I didn’t feel drugged like I do after I take the Accord pills, which I always thought was my reaction to tapering and WD. Long story short I have been on the Solco generic since last Thursday and I feel so much better. Slowly these crazy WD side effects that have been dogging me for the last 9 months are easing up. This is now feeling more like my first taper which was very mild in comparison to now. Plus I made my scheduled cut on Saturday only it was 3.5xs bigger than my normal micro cut (which usually puts me in beds for a few days) and I had NO big side effects. Just a mild headache and kinda irritable for 36 hours. No nausea, no stomach ache and I could still eat. I’m 3 days out from my cut and still no big crash. I called the pharmacist and told him what was going on with the 1 brand vs the other. He told me the brands are different, while the active ingredient is the same the rest of the pill varies from manufacturer to manufacture. Also, leagally they can be + or – up to 6% of the active ingredient. Not good in a taper. He said I was probably sensitive or allergic to one of the inactive ingredient in the Accord tablet.!Maybe so but the pills I got definitely came up short on the clonazepam, why else would I go into withdrawal??? Turns out most generic meds are made in India or China with no oversight in the manufacturing process from the FDA. All these companies do is submit an analysis of their drug formulation and get approval to manufacture from the FDA. Yes I’m over simplifying it but that’s the short of it. So if you are feeling horrible maybe consider switching brands and see if you improve. It never in a million years occurred to me that the actual clonazepam pill might be causing some of my misery but I really think it has as I have been on the Solco pill 5 days now and I feel so much less sick and drugged. Kinda makes me 😡 I will now be switching over to entirely simple syrup liquid suspension made with Solco brand clonazepam. Hopefully I can gain some ground in tapering and continue to tolerate a little larger cut as I continue to taper. Hope this helps in some way, definitely food for thought.
Love & Strength
Ann

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@annfsd
Hello Ann,
Do not try and make up for lost time in your taper.
What and how often is your regular decrease dose?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@annfsd
Hello Ann,
Do not try and make up for lost time in your taper.
What and how often is your regular decrease dose?
Jake

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Hello Jake,
Previous cuts were .0010mg once every week or so. Very micro as I have been able to cut less and less as I became more sick with the progression of the taper. Last cut on Saturday was .0450mg. Still feeling decent compared to last week. Shooting for another cut Saturday after next.

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@thankful

@annfsd– Wow, had no idea their was different "brands"? Seems like I have taken the small blue pill forever? I'll have to check to see what brand it is?
Continued success to you as you tapper down! Jim @thankful

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Thank you Jim!! My fingers are crossed for continued slow success. I will say this much, tapering off Clonazepam has been very educational to say the least. Best to you!
Ann

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@lisalucier

Hi – just wanted to let you know I've added the brand name Klonopin to the title of this discussion, just so members can find it easily if they call the medication clonazepam, the generic name, or Klonopin, the brand name.

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Thank you Lisa!

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@falon

I have been on 2mg of clonazepam for about 10 years. I have tapered to 1.5mg in a little over 5 weeks. Is this too fast?

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@falon We all do this a our own pace. If you are comfortable with your taper and not having problems there likely isn’t a problem with how you are tapering. I am not a doctor nor a medical professional.

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I have been on 2mg of clonazepam for about 10 years. I have tapered to 1.5mg in a little over 5 weeks. Is this too fast?

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@falon

I have been on 2mg of clonazepam for about 10 years. I have tapered to 1.5mg in a little over 5 weeks. Is this too fast?

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@falon – I've moved your post here to this larger discussion of tapering off Clonazepam (Klonopin) so that you can read through past posts here and get some input on the speed of your taper from many members who been on this taper process.

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@lisalucier

@falon – I've moved your post here to this larger discussion of tapering off Clonazepam (Klonopin) so that you can read through past posts here and get some input on the speed of your taper from many members who been on this taper process.

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I have been experiencing rapid heart rate, muscle spasms, severe fatigue and nausea. Is that normal or does it mean I'm tapering too fast?

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Oh Mary, I'm so sorry you have experienced all this. I have been on clonazepam for many, many years and when I started tapering off I often feel like you, that I wish I had cancer or something so I could just die. You can do this and I can too. I'm rooting for you.

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@mmussak Hi Mary, how are you doing on your tapering. I know it can be hard. Both of my doctors retired and I had to find a new MD too. I have been on clonazapam 1.5 for 20 years. I decided to go off them.

My taper is very small each week or 2 weeks like 10% or less. I think your doctors cut yours too much and too fast. There is the liquid taper that I am going to start this week. I take .25 now. It consists of dissolving the pill in water 150ml and then take 1ml off with seringe each day and drink the mix. The next day you take 2ml off. And each day after that. I found the chart on the internet. And it looks very promising. It looks like it will take 2 months to taper this way but it so much better than larger cuts.
This is really slow but it gives you brain time to heal. I’ll post how it goes. Hope all is well with you.

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@lisalucier

Hi – just wanted to let you know I've added the brand name Klonopin to the title of this discussion, just so members can find it easily if they call the medication clonazepam, the generic name, or Klonopin, the brand name.

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@lisalucier In Canada we call clonazepam Rivotril. Maybe some Canadians on here don't know that.

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@falon

I have been on 2mg of clonazepam for about 10 years. I have tapered to 1.5mg in a little over 5 weeks. Is this too fast?

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If you do not feel withdrawal symptoms, then..is not too fast.

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