I went off Klonopin cold turkey two weeks ago (bad move I know)... I was taking .25 mg a night to sleep (as per docs script) for three weeks... It started to make me feel extremely anxious and drugged up after taking it for a while... I seem to have EVERY protracted withdrawal symtom known to man (odd thoughts, flu like symptoms, no energy, constant headaches, mem loss, confusion, severe anxiety, severe depression, depersonalization, aggressive thoughts (but NOT actions), etc. How long is this HELL going to take to emerge from? I fear that as per the Ashton Manual (read it too late) that I did IRREPAIRABLE damage to my psyche and brain due to going off the med C/T. Does ANYONE have ANY insight on this matter from PERSONAL experience... I'm well versed in medical statistics... but I'ld like to know some actually case histories... Thank you all for listening to my jumbled ramble... GOD BLESS!
25 Mar 2015
I am a 24 year old male and have been taking 1 MG klonopin off and on for about three years. Some weeks I'll take 7, some weeks I'll take 2. Now, I don't really show any side effects, but the one big one I notice is my vision. Does anybody else experience this? The only way I can describe it is that it's this unfocused, tunnel-esk, fog, with some pressure behind the eyes. I'm sure it directly corresponds with the drug but wanted to know if anybody had advice about it! Thanks!
28 Aug 2015
I know this is an old post but I thought I would throw my two cents in. I have been taking Klonopin 1.5 mg for 20 years and didn't realize that one of the side effects was basically lack of caring. Bluntly that is what I experienced with many aspects of my life. I just talked to my psychiatrist about it and she said they didn't know about this reaction 20 years ago.
I also found out it can take over two years to get off the medication. I recently cut back to 1/4 less a dose and I still had physical withdrawals . Not only that but I had severe anxiety and craziness like I have never had in my life. I say that because even though I weaned off it slowly I thought I was loosing my mind and memory. Non stop talking, non stopping questioning to my family, and every thing was a huge deal. I even had convinced myself I was getting Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
I am now going to get the drug compounded and decrease an eight of a dose once every two weeks. Never want to go through the hell I went through three weeks ago. Not trying to give anyone medical advice but if you can avoid this drug and take something else that would be a good thing
14 Sep 2015
I was on Klonopin for about 4 to 5 years I was on 2 mg for sleep and the doctor decided to stop me from taking Clonopin so she cut me down to 1 mg then half a milligram and then half of that A day. Now I have various symptoms of this withdrawal and my most symptom that I am concerned mostly about is my memory short-term memory problems and confusion. I am desperate to know if this is normal I think to myself that I have Alzheimer's disease and I can't shake this withdrawal I've been off of the large dose for about eight months now I would think after eight months I would be feeling somewhat better buti'm feeling so discouraged and sad I need help I know this is a long time ago this forum but if anybody out there can just let me know I would be so grateful
5 Jan 2016
HAJLA; from what you are saying your only choice is to see your doctor as soon as possible of all the benzodiazepines this is the one that takes the longest time to get out of your system this is why it should be tapered off of. Get some help it's way to hard to just go cold turkey just as the previous post was saying you are going through some pretty bad withdrawals and it is not necessary. Chuck1957
2 Jan 2013
What AWFUL responses. No one should belittle or disregard another's symptoms or illnesses! Granted in the grand scheme that is a small dose, but look up the facts. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can last for a long time and in some extreme cases, years.
Do your research then talk with your dr. If they give you a "pooh-pooh", get another dr!
God bless and good luck.
22 Aug 2013
isn't .25 mg the lowest dose? My psych is having me cut down .25 mg every 2 weeks and it has been about 2 weeks already off it. I've taken 2 mg since 08. i feel cold flashes, shortness of breath, lack of motivation/depression, lack of sleep, and racing thoughts every now and then but it's a small price to pay since I will be better without this powerful medicine.
14 Jul 2014
i'm asking myself the same question. i took .25 mg of klonopin nightly for a year, quit for a month, then got convinced by my doctor to go back on. i was back on for four months and have again stopped. my withdrawal symptoms, which are really uncomfortable were exactly the same both times: i was fine for a couple of days after stopping. then i had weird brain burps, sort of like the feeling of falling but just in my head. getting out of bed was extremely difficult; it took hours to get my day started and i had little motivation to do anything. but by far, the worst symptoms were my lungs. they felt full and congested but with no coughing or phlegm. i wheezed constantly and felt out of breath from the slightest exertion. strangely, i was able to ride my bike without having breathing problems, but normal daily activities really knocked me down.
the first time i stopped was at christmas, so i chalked the breathing problems up to flu season, but this time it is july and it is exactly the same. though i have no proof any of this will ever stop, it is comforting to know the symptoms are the exact same as last time and are coming in the exact same time frame so at least i'm not losing my mind. however, i'm now three weeks past stopping and still feel like crap nearly all the time.
2 Jan 2013
Hello, I agree with Bryan. You can become addicted to benzos very quick and if you don't do a slow taper you can experience very uncomfortable w/d and going cold turkey is even worse. I have been experienfing protracted w/d for close to 3 yrs and it's horrible. Talk to your dr. I wish nothing but the best for you ... pamee
18 Apr 2014
I recently came off of .5mg of Klonopin, which I was on for about 2 months. I did it by going down by .125mg per week (1/4 of a pill). Going off .25 is probably not that bad in terms of withdrawal though, so you may be experiencing an actual relapse in anxiety/depression. Anyway, for the withdrawal, I would recommend kava tea, melatonin, benadryl (for sleep), and especially lots of exercise. Exercise and yoga have made a huge difference for me; the withdrawal that I was so worried about was not so bad. I missed a few nights of sleep, but that was about all. Good luck!!
2 Jun 2014
I was put on clonzepam .5 mg twice a day in February for myoclonic jerking/migraines. The medicine did not stop the jerking so the dr increased night dose to 2 pills. It has been a nightmare. I took 1 pill in am & 2 pills in pm for 2 weeks. All I did was cry, I was severely depressed which I never was before. I felt like my whole life was crumbling down. I never could get my dr to answer phone so I made decision to stop the 2 pills at night. I went back to 1 pill twice a day. I've still experienced horrible side effects. It's changed my whole personality. I am now in process of trying to ween myself off. I stopped morning dose on Saturday & replaced with topamax & I'm still taking evening dose of clonzepam. Will reduce night dose in half within the next few weeks. The effects have not been fun. I've experienced nausea, cramping, I just feel bad all over. I know that I have to get this poison out of my body.
Its reassuring reading these blogs & makes me realize I'm not alone & there are actually others out here that are experiencing the same thing. It has been a daily struggle to maintain a normal life & hold down my full time job plus my normal responsibilities since February.
25 Oct 2014
I was on klonopin for about 12 years for panic attacks and it worked great for them.I was on 2mg per day, no more, no less. Well I decided to rid them from me. It took about one month to taper down to zero, not bad I thought. Well about 5 days later, slam! with what I was told later that it was rebound.The next two months was Hell! Sweats, renewed panic attacks, sweating, just feeling horrible. Bad? Nope, worse than bad. The bottom line, Would I do it again? Never! So people, don't use yourself as a guinea pig. If you truly need them then take them and consultant a Dr which I did not. If I knew all of this, I would have taken them for the rest of my life.
Yes I did! Why? To see how I would be without them which is really a bad idea.I live in MA and will gladly help anyone anyway I can.
God Bless you all
28 Oct 2015
I've been tapering off of Klonopin for a few months. I'm 25, female. The best advice is to watch videos. There are mannnnny people out there giving updates, and not everyone is the same. I was on 2mg for about 4 years and suddenly all of my caregivers said it was just now known to be bad in the long run. I'm glad I started tapering. It's been hell, but I'm excited to be me again. I've had headaches, nausea, numb hands, and the right side of my face goes numb and tingly. I also get really confused and forget what I'm doing. Sometimes I even see things in my peripherals and it makes me jump, when nothing is there. Loud sounds make my whole body cringe.
You're not alone!
Typical whatever you started taking Klonopin for in the first place will get worse once you stop or taper. Everyone has different symptoms. It's frustrating because you will want to give up and think you need it. This is normal, don't let it fool you. Keep strong and keep going!
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