I have been taking 1 mg of Clonezapam every night at bedtime for the last eight yrs. Is there anyone out there that can tell me what to do or can i just stop taking it myself... needing help PLEASE... luclocket
27 Jul 2008
Coming off benzos is difficult but it can be done. You have to taper very slowly after taking klonopin for so long. You are not on a high dose, but it's been a long time. You need to break just a little piece off the clonazepam taking just a little less each day. You will feel the anxiety, restlessness, etc of detox. Not much to keep that from happening. But don't cold turkey, it can be dangerous. You can have seizures, electric shock syndrome, etc from benzo w/d. If you find that you just can't do this then I would recommend seeking professional help. Let us know how you are doing. You will receive lots of support here. Good luck.
27 Jul 2008
You tried to taper off 50% of your dose after eight years. That is way too much. Break off the smallest piece you can. Even get a single-edged razor and do it. Don't cut back by anymore than 10-20% at a time. If you are tapering properly you will feel very few w/d symptoms. Be prepared for this taper to take a long time if don't want to suffer.
1 Sep 2010
I have just completed an intensive outpatient rehab program, which was quite eye-opening regarding these drugs that are prescribed by doctors. I took 1 mg of Clonazepam for about 7-8 years, every evening to help me to sleep as I was diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, which is where your muscles do not relax enough, so you can have muscle cramps, etc.
Before I was allowed to enter the rehab program, I was told that I had to have a tapering-off schedule from my doctor. Clonazepam is an extremely HIGHLY ADDICTIVE benzo. As one poster wrote, you CANNOT go cold turkey, as you take the risk of having seizures, which one gentleman did in the program one night, as he stopped his benzo cold turkey.
I tapered off by taking .75 mg. for about 4 days, then took .5 mg. for a week, and then .25mg for two weeks. You don't feel very well when you start to decrease your amounts, but it is well worth it, as your brain is already addicted. It's too long to explain about brain addiction, but any type of addictive substance will change your brain and create addiction after so many uses, and your brain will never be the same.
My doctor prescribed me Trazadone, which is non-addictive sleep aid. If you take them, be carefully initially, because you can get "Trazadone hangover". They are strong until your body gets use to it.
2 Feb 2011
Clonazepam is an extremely HIGHLY ADDICTIVE benzo. As one poster wrote, you CANNOT go cold turkey, as you take the risk of having seizures, which one gentleman did in the program one night, as he stopped his benzo cold turkey.
@Buffy1959 you really should look at the schedule of this drug before you go spouting out that it is a highly addictive benzo as it is a schedule 4 drug. This means that the likely hood of becoming addicted to this drug are very low.If it were in fact highly addictive and you couldnt just stop taking it then it would be a schedule 3 or above. However I do agree that if you have tried to stop cold turkey and it is causing your symptoms to come back or even adding new ones, tapering down your dose by the above stated 10-20% at a time is a great idea.
* Schedule 4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3 The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
Please note that the least addictive drugs are schedule 5 and this is on a scale from 1-5. Schedule 1 being the most addictive etc...
4 Jun 2011
stop taking it. You will have some side effects and withdrawal most likely but you will notice how your anxiety too will go down afterwards when you have stopped. and go see a doctor.
Things to help sleep:
Drink warm milk
Don't eat a snack before sleeping
dont watch tv before bed
read a little before going to bed
keep hydrated through out the night.
these are just a few of many things that will help your situation.
25 Feb 2012
#1..let me explain that while being a nurse I suffer from so many things and have been on a much larger dose that you all. 2mg tabs 4 times a day. after the first 5 yrs. I took it I stopped it cold turkey, 5 days of hell but it can be done! I needed it again as it also helps with seizures. This time is the same as the last. Seizures happen. Death can happen with this drug but it is so rare. If you are only on a nightly dose then 25 percent is a fair amount to cut back. and someone in here is WRONG! This is no longer a class 4 drug and IS indeed a highly addictive drug. Remember before you stop taking it that you need to try to remember why you were taking it and can you live with that again. Side affects are bad panic attacks, ringing in the ears, fast heart rate and most deadly is sleep deprevation.Cold turkey is the only way I have the will to do it but Im on a much higher dose. You all should do well! hope this helps
2 Jan 2013
sorry some people talk like they think they know something !!! i take 2mg a day and ran out 3 times and had what they call rebound effect and i crashed hard couldnt sleep sweats once i was up for 16 days no idea why and ended up in the hospital hallucinating feeling like i was having a heart attact sky high blood pressure and i have ptsd and panic issues and want to get the helloff of the to because of the fear of running out!!!
13 Jul 2013
Klonopin is extremely difficult to kick, I've done it a couple times over the past 10 years. You need to get a pill cutter and cut about 20% at a time. It takes a while and don't let your guard down. Both times I remember thinking I had it beat after a few weeks and then realizing I was very much in the thick of it.
The withdrawal symptoms were awful. I had trouble sleeping, felt achy, even confused at sometimes. I was also very sensitive to caffeine, alcohol, nicotine - these seem to exacerbate the withdrawal symptoms.
I had horrible anxiety and any sort of surprise made me feel like I had jumped out of my skin.
Another thing that made it extremely difficult is the medication had the side effect of helping with my sensitivity to bright light like fluorescent lights in offices and especially car headlights. That came back with a vengeance.
I strongly recommend doing this when you can take some time off from work if at all possible.
- Clonazepam Information for Consumers
- Clonazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Clonazepam (detailed)
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