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Thu, Mar 7 9:21am · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @fluffykitty, I am curious to know if you've had any sleep issues and if so, are you doing or taking anything to help fight this off?

As I mentioned, I'm taking CBD and Melatonin at night for varying degrees of success for sleep specifically. It's not bulletproof but it absolutely helps. If I could get a handle on my sleep issues I think I'd be set.

I'm also using the Headspace app. They have some great guided meditations on both sleep and anxiety. I highly recommend both packs.

Thanks.

Wed, Mar 6 9:51pm · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks @fluffykitty, appreciate the positive follow up. Good to have some a success story on this thread.

Wed, Mar 6 1:13pm · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

What to go chrpeters23 @chrpeters23.

I too am tapering from 2 – 3 mg (varied history) of Klonopin. And I too have been using CBD to help with my taper. I initially tapered on my own without knowing the wonderful effects of CBD a little over one year ago and took myself from 3mg to 1.5mg. That was quite difficult.

I've been tapering since early December 2018 with CBD and have access to both recreational as well as medical grade CBD here in Canada. For me, CBD works wonderfully. I feel quite relaxed when I take CBD drops but in a much more natural way than the drowsy effects of clonazepam. I just recently tapered to 0.5mg (from 0.625mg) and will be holding this dose until I can restore my sleep issues. I'm taking melatonin to help with this which works on and off. I take it as needed to fall asleep (3mg – 10mg) depending.

CBD is pretty wonderful stuff from my perspective although I understand this doesn't work the same for everyone.

Mon, Jan 28 10:11pm · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

I agree @jakedduck1, @annfsd. With everything I've read and watch regarding a slow taper, this sounds pretty risky mostly for your mental health but also your wallet. I would pass.

Sun, Jan 27 11:20am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

@clonazepamxxx

This was also quite informative, also a very comprehensive explanation broken down in less than 10min:

I wish I had known about CBD when my symptoms first emerged in my early 20's however it simply wasn't "a thing" back then. When I think about, the internet was in its infancy back then and I don't believe the extraction and cultivation practices were known to isolate CBD at the time.

I should add that I do sometimes add a little THC (Indica or Sativa) depending on my needs at the time.

Regardless, this is where I am now and this plant is going to get me through this taper!!

Hope this useful to some and all the best to ALL with getting off these powerful benzos!!

Sun, Jan 27 11:08am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

@clonazepamxxx

I agree with you 100%, a consent form should be filled out by both the patient and the prescribing doctor explaining how truly dangerous these benzo medications are. The extreme withdrawal effects should be reviewed with the patient quarterly at the least to help cement the fact that this a dangerous drug to taper from. So dangerous that it's often referenced against heroin as being worse. This is what got my attention when I switched doctors due to a move. He was very apprehensive about renewing my prescription on our first consultation. I was prescribed this medication in my early 20's for general anxiety disorder (GAD) and I'd be lying if I said they didn't work. I was in a negative loop of insomnia and anxiety. OTC sleep aids were making it worse and this was the only thing that helped. The worse my insomnia got, the worse my anxiety was.

So with that being said, these medications have their window of time in which they are truly useful and beyond that, they do more harm than good. Looking back, I can see so many times (years after initial Rx) where the medication was backfiring and making my anxiety worse. Without knowing any better I would up my dose on those occasions but I was never reckless with this medication considering the knowledge I had at the time. I was just trying to lessen the anxiety.

I would like to share I video I watched on the benefits of CBD which really got me interested in this plan. I'm not associated with any CBD company (although I wish I were, perhaps I could get free product!!).

I found this explanation and the 'mobile' analogy to be very clever and informative:

CBD is the ultimate reset and should be considered a wellness product. My only gripes at this time are the cost which will eventually come down. It's just a matter of time.

Sun, Jan 27 10:15am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @clonazepamxxx,

So sorry you didn't know about the need to taper, I've missed taking my Rx a few times in the 20 years or so I've been taking it and yes, looking back, just missing my dose by a day was agony. I could not imagine just quitting cold turkey off these potent drugs. I'm curious, what was your clonazepam dose before you quit cold turkey.

Cannabis has certainly helped me immensely on this second part of the journey (1.5mg to 0.75mg) which is the least amount of clonazepam I've taken since starting this drug in early 2000. You should consider looking up the benefits of CBD specifically. CBD specific strains, tinctures, and even gelcaps have helped curb the side effects of withdrawal almost entirely, I still working on my sleep but melatonin tablets are helping with that. Not sure where you live but if you're here in Canada, yes, there are many options available through the online government store. If you're in the US, there are some good brands that can be obtained through Charlotte's Web as well as Elixinol as a member here has already mentioned. Also look up the benefits of CBD online, there are a lot of good resources that deal with Anxiety specifically and you might find comfort that these are out there. I posted briefly about my experience so far up top about 24hrs ago.

Wishing you all the best with your withdrawal symptoms and also a return back to regular life for you.

Sat, Jan 26 12:05pm · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

Before discovering the wonders of CBD, tapering from Benzos have been difficult, to say the least. I've experienced almost all of the classical symptoms with the brief exception of nausea. CBD has helped alleviate, irritability, headaches, muscle pain and stiffness let alone the anxiety for which I was taking clonazepam. I was taking 3mg – 4mg at my peak and I'm now down to 0.75mg. I've been taking these drugs since my early 20's and I'm now in my early 40's. For whatever reason, I simply came across some online resources which were spelling out the benefits of quitting these drugs, mostly feeling ALIVE again and not in a constant state of drowsiness and emotional blunting. You don't know how deeply these drugs affect you until you get off of them. I'm also aware that I still have a substantial journey ahead of me but this is an amazing beginning.

I just started the most recent taper (1mg to 0.75mg) 5 days ago and I'm feeling OK. I do have a bit of trouble sleeping, especially after waking in the middle of the night. I should also add that I quit sleeping aids at this time also (Unisom specifically, 5 days ago). Through help from this forum (thanks @annfsd), I've switched Unisom for melatonin. It knocks me out at night but as I mentioned, I'm working through falling back asleep after waking in the middle of the night. The fact that I've been able to maintain such a low dose of clonazepam (for me) along with complete elimination of Unisom is nothing short of remarkable for me and I'm quite proud of that. I've gone from 3mg to 1.5mg without CBD and it was extremely difficult with a very high level of irritability and insomnia. This most recent taper from 1.5mg to 0.75mg (in 0.25mg increments) was done with the help of CBD and there is a tangible difference.

CBD (tinctures/oil, caps and or dry flower (High CBD, negligible THC)) has helped tremendously to help deal Benzodiazepine withdrawal. If I'm having a particularly difficult day, I will use one of the above delivery methods depending on my environment. For example, if I'm at home, I will vape it as it's the quickest delivery method (seconds). If I'm traveling, I will use either the tincture or gelcap. I should also add that I live in Canada so I have access to regulated CBD flower, oils, and gel caps, although at a steep price. For those us actively trying to taper from these difficult drugs, I think we can all agree that it's difficult to put a price on alleviating withdrawal symptoms.

Hope this helps and please note this is my experience only.