Iam taking .5Mg of clonazepam a day and have been for 3 yrs. I want to quit and my doctor says to cut pill in half and take for a week. Will i be okay doing this?
8 Aug 2011
Everyone reacts differently to benzos... For some, this would be a totally ridiculous suggestion, for others, very very easy. There's even some who can just... stop. For me... I have to decrease my dosage in tiny tiny increments, 0.25mg every two weeks. I was at 3mg, and was able to get down to 2mg. Seemed that my system sort of needed the meds at that point, so I stopped there. Something else to keep in mind is that stopping benzos can be very elusive. You may cut down to a lower level, then start getting panic attacks again. Many would say this is due to your system simply being used to being fed the gaba for so long, and it will take time for it to readjust.
I personally found that when I hit "withdrawal symptoms", they felt very very different than a regular panic attack. A regular panic attack will go away after a while, the withdrawals that I was getting didn't. They felt very similar, but different. Regardless, I'd follow the doctors suggestions, give him a call if it doesn't work out for you, and ask if you could try tapering slower, like .25mg every two weeks.
Good luck, and I really hope that everything works out for the best!
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