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Sep 11, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Make sure you have the care of your physician. My internist knows that I am tapering down. I am still….after months at .5mg at bedtime. I have had a bit of an upset with my health, so am not going to taper down again until I get that figured out. I just don't need to deal with the added stress. While I am quite sure that the .5mg of klonopin is doing nothing for me but keeping the withdrawals at bay, I am not strong enough emotionally to withstand the withdrawals. But at least I know how my body reacts so it won't be so scary. The L-theanine has actually helped and I am sleeping very well now. In fact, sleeping too much due to wonky blood issues. But, it shouldn't be a horrible thing and should be able to get back on track with a taper within a few months. I do need a meniscus repair, so there will be that. Maybe when I am down for a few weeks after that. I don't know. But I do know that going down .5mg at a time is way too much. And every two weeks is way too fast. I'll have to do .125mg for at least a month. When I get down to .25mg I will feel ecstatic. But, that may not happen for a while. I'm not pushing it and I don't think anyone should. If you have depression, panic disorder or anxiety disorder then do not do it alone. And make sure that you are under the watchful eye of a physician. One who is well informed. Be careful. Let us know how you do.

Aug 10, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

I took 1mg of klonopin for 20 years and had no problem with tolerance. It worked for me. But as I age, and deal with autoimmune issues, getting off as many drugs as possible became necessary. I also had severe issues with antihypertensives, so cleaning up my diet and getting off of any drugs absolutely not necessary was essential.
I started taking a few nootropics that have helped me since tapering down to .5mg of klonopin. The withdrawals were horrible even going down .25mg at a time. .75mg was much easier to do than .50mg. And .25mg was an absolute nightmare.
I am back up to .5mg with a few nootropics and am feeling better than I have in a very long time. I want to stay comfortable for a while before trying to go down again from .5mg of klonopin.
Whether to take a benzo or not is a personal decision. Living a hellish existence inside is not worth it. Taking what we need to be comfortable and not "gorked" is healthy.

Aug 10, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

oh my gosh. switching to a benzo with a shorter half life does not make it easier to withdraw from. many people switch from klonopin to valium as valium has an even longer half life and you can go down in smaller increments than klonopin.
After 20 years I am tapering myself off of klonopin as benzos do impair your cognitive ability and those on benzos are more likely to experience dementia.
I am down from 1mg for 20 years to .5 mg at bedtime. It was extremely hard. Took me three months at least. But I am at a place where I am very comfortable now. I did start a regimen of nootropics and adaptins which has helped a lot with anxiety, cognition and sleeping.
Whatever you do, please be kind and gentle to yourself. I look at it that I have been on klonopin for 20 years. If it takes me even a or more to get off of it, the time it takes is okay. I cannot take the time away from my family to go into the hospital and do a fast withdrawal that will be hell. Some people can go faster and it takes some more time. I know that .25mg decrease is awful for me. I have read that once you get to a very low dose, that going down is even harder. I did try to go down to .25mg and it was so horrible. I had to go back up to .5mg for my sanity.

Aug 10, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

It took me months to get use to .5mg from 1mg at bedtime. I had been taking this for about 20 years. The cold sweats at night were really hard. The increase in anxiety in the afternoon and evening and waking up at 5 in the morning were difficult and add the not sleeping through the night anymore. I hope to come off of klonopin altogether, but very, very slowly. I tried to go down to .25 but it was pure hell. You wouldn't think that a small amount like that would make such a difference. I think everyone is different and needs to tailor their taper schedule to their own body.
Lately I have been taking some nootropics and adaptins to help. L-Theanine about an hour before bedtime has seemed to help me be more calm and sleep more than two or three hours. The cold sweats at night are almost gone as well. I don't attribute the slowing of the cold night sweats to the L-Theanine, but just my body getting use to not having klonopin on board.
I also take L Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid and Ubiquinol as well as GABA. They seem to have helped me with the extreme fatigue that ensued after going down off of the klonopin.
I am happy to be down to .5mg as feelings have returned which have been dormant forever. My senses are returning as well. It is a hard road, but I am sure by now that .5mg that I am on is just keeping the withdrawals at bay and not doing anything to help me with anxiety.
I cannot take ambien as it gave me extreme thought blocking. Lunesta gave me periods of amnesia, so not an option either.
Do a lot of research on Nootropics and Adaptins. It will pay off I believe. I did try Rhodiola, but I became agitated on it, I think, so backed off of it. I may try to add it back into my regimen at another time. But it is important to try just one thing at a time so that you can guage how it affects you. I'll stick with my regimen for a while. I am not brave enough at this point to try to go down again on the klonopin to .25mg. I have to have a couple of minor surgeries so don't want to stress my body.
I think at this point it is so very important to be kind and gentle with yourself.

Mar 15, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

I have been on 1mg klonopin for 20 years. I'm in my 60s and no longer work outside the home. I have decided to taper off as I no longer have the stresses and asthma that I once had. My asthma was caused by smoggy city and food allergies. Those have all been resolved. No longer running a business and working additionally as a nurse while being a single parent was super anxiety causing.
I reduced from 1mg to.75 mg and then.50 mg which wasn't too difficult. I did have withdrawal S/S but they leveled out. Luckily I have been able to sleep. I have found that reducing to .25mg is much more difficult. So I am just cutting off about 1/4th of half of a 1mg tab. My psychiatrist got angry with me when I tried to taper off in the past so I haven't asked him for a .5mg tablet. I have read that the last and smaller doses are the most difficult as far as withdrawal symptoms go. I'll try to stay on approximately.365mg for another 2 weeks and then down to .25mg. I really an hoping to hang in there until I am off Klonopin for good.
Has anyone stayed at.25 mg and then jumped off or should I plan to go down to.125 mg and then off? Thanks so much