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Mar 3, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

I also want to add – CBD oil is not new. There is a lot of history for it being used for medicinal purposes. So there is no guinea pig phenomenon happening with those trying it in last several years. I think there is plenty of "too good to be true" type perceptions of it, thus causing the skepticism.

Mar 3, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

*Personal opinion/experience disclaimer* — Results may very

I always view "studies" as not giving up until they find something negative about the subject matter, which in most cases will always happen. CBD falls perfectly into that category. There are a few CBD shops where I live and the employees are always very knowledgable. I have been upfront with them about my anxiety and panic disorder, as well as my klonopin taper. The first CBD oil/vape pen I tried, I didn't think was beneficial and made me feel a little off. So that's when I discovered not all CBD oil is created equal. I decided not to swear it off from one type I tried, that didn't work for me. So I recently went to a different (more reputable) place and found some that has been working extremely well. From my discussion with the employee, there is still a stigma amongst a lot of the general public and those in the medical community, however the tide is shifting and it is becoming a more legitimate/accepted source of "medicine".

Of course, it may not work for everyone or may cause different effects, however the general consensus has been that it has drastically helped in relieving anxiety for many people. If you do further reading on it (there is plenty) the its benefits of stopping seizures, inflammation, physical aches and pains, etc. is amazing. My personal opinion is of course many medical professionals will be skeptical or advise against it because it will directly interfere with their prescription writing..aka money. However, my doctor had the attitude of "why not" – give it a try and if you notice it helping then great. If not, stop. She said she has noticed it being a more growing, popular aid in many going through the same situation as me.

As I am approaching the end of my taper, the "jump off" point is something kind of scary to me. Having CBD as an aid to transition is rather comforting. No that does not mean its a dependency. Trust me, benzos are obviously a dependency. CBD is more of a tool for me in my "coping kit." I do not always take it, I have absolutely no cravings or itching for it. It is not like nicotine. Personally, it is a natural, beautiful alternative to the last thing I want to be on…pills. Of course, depending on your situation and medications, this varies for everyone. Again, for me, it works wonderfully for my anxiety, panic, mood stabilization, and sleep.

I have a tincture of oil that I take orally (under the tongue) and a vape pen I can carry around in times of sudden panic/anxiety. I hate to compare it, but you can say it's like a xanax (fast acting/not long lasting…typically an hour) — but without the hellish qualities of a benzo. I went into CBD with an open mind after hearing all the success stories. I was excited for a natural alternative, that didn't require a doctor's slip. I'm very, very glad I did.

Feb 26, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you for the info. I don't usually like to advise on other people's tapers (especially since I have no medical background), but my initial thoughts are:

a) There wasn't enough time given for your body/mind to adjust to whatever dosage of Klonopin you were taking before stepping down to .25mg
b) There needs to be a smaller cut from .75mg, instead of jumping to .25mg

Unfortunately, there may always be some symptoms experienced at any cut, but they can certainly be minimized when taking it slower and other practices are implemented. Hopefully someone who has dealt with only taking klopin at night can advise on this. For most of the 10 years, I was only taking it in the morning.

Insomnia alone can play a huge factor in anxiety and panic the next day if I haven't had enough sleep. While starting my taper program, my doctor also had me start taking melatonin before sleeping. It has helped greatly. She couldn't stress enough the importance of sleep has on one's mental state.

For me, the major symptom while tapering has been heart palpitations. Although usually not serious, they are uncomfortable and can make it hard to focus when staying still, thus causing me anxiety. My doctor prescribed me Atenolol and it has helped tremendously. It is a beta blocker that treats high blood pressure, but works wonders on my heart palpitations, heart rate, and also relieves anxiety.

Feb 26, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @imabamagal – Just to give you my quick background with Klonopin: I too was prescribed for anxiety/panic disorder. For 10 years, I was taking .05mg twice a day. I've been tapering off of it for about the past 8-9 months. I have cut to 0.0635mg and will be tapering to 0.03125 soon.

I briefly touched on this before – for those prescribed Klonopin for anxiety/panic, it's tricky to recognize if it's the taper causing panic attacks or the disorder that was the root of being put on it in the first place (or maybe a combo of both). Even the fact of knowing you are getting off the drug that many depend on to control something scary can be enough to cause panic attacks.

Paying attention, or keeping a journal, of the trends of these panic attacks may help in understanding this a bit more. Are they occurring during the days following a cut? Are they consistent within the weeks or months of adjusting to a cut. Now I don't want to influence you too much on reasoning, but the fact you've been on it for 25 years should most likely be handled with a very, very slow taper. As Lisa asked, what is your advised schedule and how long have you been tapering? Are you doing this under medical care? What was your starting dose before tapering?

Thanks – Chris

Feb 22, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Absolutely and you too!

Feb 18, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Hi Lizaa – I have been dry cutting, however I will be entering into powder form shortly as I decrease to 0.03125 mg. I understand some decide to go to liquid form (or other means) at this point, since it is difficult to cut this small of a mg. I am going to try crushing/splitting and see how this goes.

As far as my taper – I cant stress this enough…it is different for every individual. There is no "one size fits all" taper or general way each individual will feel while tapering. However, one notion we can all advise is going slow and steady is the safest and preferred method, with guidance from a medical professional.

Here is my individual experience, however do not let this influence your taper and stick with what is working with you. For me, it has not nearly been as tough and "hellish", as I've read in threads and chats. Which leads me to my first point: Do not dwell on others' experiences. Stay in your lane and continue the journey. Yes, always reach-out to those going through the same journey, but again, realize we are all different. Of course there has been some discomfort, but so much of it is mental (literally) that the last thing I needed was to fill my head with other's symptoms. I very much listen to my body and once I feel I have adjusted to the cut, I continued the taper to the next mg (that I see fit for me). This has roughly been 2-5 weeks for each cut (the first 2-3 months consisted of .25mg twice a day, then I really got into the taper). This may seem rapid to others, but as I mentioned, this is my experience– with careful listening to my body and mind. The main symptom I have noticed are heart palpitations. My doctor prescribed me atenolol to help ease this.

Anxiety and panic disorder are what made me start taking klonopin in the first place. I have actually noticed both of these decreasing as I've been tapering. It's as if taking klonopin was increasing these symptoms in me over time – which my doctor said is very much a real possibility. Yes I have experienced brain fog and some irritability during the initial days after a cut — but who is to say this is from the taper or these are feelings that initially got me on klonopin that I will be handling without this pill. I just don't know, but when I would feel this, I would remind myself this is my mind healing and adjusting to a new life.

I wish you the best of luck throughout your tapering journey. I really like Leonard's phrasing of "uneventful". I have stayed positive with an excitement of a benzo-free life and I am a click away from any further questions. Sound like you're doing great and should be very proud! Thanks!

Feb 12, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you, Lisa

Feb 11, 2019 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you so much