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    I am just scared. I started pills in 1999 at age 26. And wow - I did have alot of success. But my body has not been off some type of pill now for 6 years. I have terrible withdrawal from tryimg to stop Lexapro and I have read other posts in here about that. BUT what I haven't seen is withdrawal from Klonopin which is similar to xanax.

    I am inbetween docs right now. So really have no-one to talk too. Has anyone weened off Klonopin? From what i have read you should only be on it a short period of time. I have been on for 2.5 years. My body is dependent on it.

    I will go to a doc before I even try to ween off this one. But I'd like to hear any real experiences from real people.

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    Hi,
    I can relate to Klonopin withdrawl. Today is my first day and I'm scared to death. I was taking 2mg a day and ran out. The doctor doesn't want to prescribe it anymore. I don't know what to do.
    Wish I coud help...Janell

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    you need to find a doc who will help you ween off. Or keep you on. Klonopin is super strong and addictive. I am at 2mg. You can't just stop like that. I am not trying to scare you but there is a difference between weening off and stopping 2mg cold turkey. That doctor is an idiot to not ween you off.

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    Now I'm really screwed because I'm completely out and he's refusing refills...I od'd and I'm lucky to be here. I really don't blame him for not wanting to refill it. But cold turkey? I'm on day two and scared to death! Thanks for the advice...I live in a small town and with only one clinic so every dr knows everything about everybody. I wish I could find another one. Wish me luck!

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    Jnell,

    I would do whatever it takes to find a doctor that will help you come off slowly. I can't say from personal experience, but I've read plenty of information about withdrawal (i'm an opiate addict) and they say klonopin withdrawal can be deadly. I'm not trying to scare you, just trying to warn you about the effects. I normally would never advise anyone to use internet pharmacies, but I think you can buy it online. Maybe you could wean yourself off if you can't get any help. Good luck !

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    hey, happened to see "Klonopin withdrawal" while looking for something else and it stopped me in my tracks. I've been on it for 8 yrs. [:0] and have tried to wean off it twice, but the withdrawals were horrible!! I'm no wimp, but the extreme anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, and generally feeling like I was going insane was too much for me while trying to run a business, raise a child etc. It scares me what these pills must be doing to our bodies that we are so dependant on them now. Wish the doctors would inform us of the withdrawals, not just the side effects, when writing prescriptions so freely. Good luck and maybe this will inspire me to try again. ugh.

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    Klonopin withdrawal is the worst most wicked ever. I've read on many other forums it's a worse withdrawal than a >>>>>> addict goes through. It's been the longest road of my life. I have been tapering from 2mg per day at a rate of 1/8mg every three to four weeks and it still feels like too much but the tablets won't break any smaller. If you want constant ongoing support while going through it, benzo.org is an excellent knowledgable group of people who have all been through it or are going through it. there are 10's of 1000's of people who have used it throughout the years that have successfully withdrawn. Dawn

    michigan resident, prev. on klonpin, ativan, xanax, remeron, beta blockers. am currently down to only taking klonopin and have tapered from 2mg per day to 1/2mg per day tapering at 1/8mg every 3-wks to a month.

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    You should see if your doctor will switch you to valium.Once on valium you can then detox very slowly.Detoxing to quickly off of benzo's can have lasting effects so be careful......Dave

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    yes, klonopin is a tough one. i've been off and on for several years--when i first started i don't even remember anyone telling me it was addictive, duh. i DID go off when i was pregnant with my son--of course i spent 9 months in HELL but that could have been due to a few other factors too. i'm back on now and as soon as i have more sobriety (not drinking) i plan to wean off. DEFINITELY DO NOT GO COLD TURKEY, it is dangerous and at around day 2 you'll start feeling it and it's a scary thing. your head will start feeling like someone's turning you very quickly, not dizzy, it's something else and yes, the anxiety returns maybe worse. find someone to help you wean. tell the doc you'll hold him responsible if you wind up in the hospital, b/c it's nothing to mess with. i hope you're o.k. now. the freaky thing is that long term klonopin use can wind up making you have even worse anxiety, i've gone through that at times. i still think that so much depends on your determination and positive attitude. you have to literally talk to yourself and say, i can do this and i will be o.k. also, a BIG HELP for me was learning some simple breathing exercises from yoga. breathe SLOWLY in through your nose to a count of 12 (8 if you can't do that), then hold for the same amount, then exhale through your mouth to the same count. do this several times and it will definitely help with the anxiety. please keep us posted.
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    Wow...you guys saved me! I used klonopin to ween off of xanax which worked and I've been really anxious lately and started the klonopin again. I think I'll stop NOW! I'm two days into it so I should be okay. Thanks you guys...you saved me once again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll try breathing and excercise to fill in where the anxiety starts. This was an awesome reminder!!!

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    I came off a 10mg+ a day habit by doing this:
    Taking 2mg ativan every 6 hours. Cut back by .5mg every 5-7 days. when down to 0.5 level switched to diazepam 5mg, taken twice a day for 1-2 weeks, then split the dose in half. 2.5mg twice a day then once a day at night. Then you are home free.

    I did that with the professional assistance from a doctor. Its a tried and proven way to ween off a heavy benzo addiction.

    Note: I required Dalmane at night also, first 30mg for 2 weeks, then 15mg for 2 weeks, then none.

    If you have a good doctor or access to order these meds, use this method, it's the best I can advise. The Dalmane is optional.

    I was in a worse benzo addiction than yours and this worked for me... consider what I said. Forget xanax, it's **** for WD.

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    quote:Originally posted by dangit

    hey, happened to see "Klonopin withdrawal" while looking for something else and it stopped me in my tracks. I've been on it for 8 yrs. [:0] and have tried to wean off it twice, but the withdrawals were horrible!! I'm no wimp, but the extreme anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, and generally feeling like I was going insane was too much for me while trying to run a business, raise a child etc. It scares me what these pills must be doing to our bodies that we are so dependant on them now. Wish the doctors would inform us of the withdrawals, not just the side effects, when writing prescriptions so freely. Good luck and maybe this will inspire me to try again. ugh.
    [V]NO DO NOT GO OFF THE KLONOPIN , I WAS MISLED IN THE PAST , I WAS ADDICTED TO XANAX BEFORE AND THEY TOLD ME KLONOPIN WAS NOT AS ADDICTING THEY WHERE CRAZY , I TAKE 2MG -3 TIMES A DAY AND HAVE BEEN TAKING IT FOR 10 YEARS NOW NEVER ABUSING IT , I HAVE SEVER ANXIETY PROBLEMS AND ITS A GREAT DRUG FOR THAT, WHAT HAPPEN WAS I WENT INTO A DETOX, FOR COKE AND METH AND THEY STOPPED EVERYTHING ON ME , I AFTER 2 DAYS COULD NOT EVEN WALK A STEP .. SERIOUSLY , DO YOU HAVE TO GO OFF THE DRUG OR DO YOU WANT TOO , ?? IN MY CASE I NEED THE DRUG IT HELPS ME, SO IF YOU HAVE ANXIETY STAY ON IT , IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANXIETY YOU WILL IF YOU TRY TO GO OFF, SORRY TO TELL YOU THIS BUT GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

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    Hi Ron714,
    No, I don't HAVE to go off it, just wanting to stop having to use meds period. I developed chronic migrainess over the last 9 yrs. and after trying just about everything, I had a thought that maybe the Klonopin was a factor. I went on it after a bout with coke to stop the severe anxiety that came with stopping (vicious circle isn't it?) Now after all these years the anxiety is creeping back and I don't want to up the amount I take and going off right now doesn't seem to be a good idea either so thank you for your input. Even though one day I'd LIKE to be Klonpin-free, maybe now isn't the time.
    Good luck to you also, and oh, one more thing. Do you sleep well at night? I sleep good for 2 hrs. than I toss and turn and dream stressful dreams. Never dreams like running through the meadow into the big blue sky, more like dreams where you wake up yelling or crying? Gee, sounds more like I need a shrink.
    Just wondering if it effected your sleep?

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    NO I CAN'T SAY IT HAS EFFECTED MY SLEEP OR HAD ANY WEIRD DREAMS SINCE BEING ON THE KLONOPIN , I THINK THAT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT THOUGH THATS WHAT THEY SAY , WE ARE ALL UNIQUE ..LOL AND NOT ALL DRUGS ARE FOR THE SAME PEOPLE , BUT I WENT INTO A DETOX BEFORE , I DON'T NO IF I TOLD ANYBODY HERE AND THEY STOPPED THE KLONOPIN ON ME, I GOT SO WEAK THAT LIKE I SAID BEFORE COULD NOT EVEN WALK , I TAKE NOW 3 A DAY OF THE 2 MG. TABLETS , AND SOMEDAYS I DON;T TAKE THE WHOLE 3 OF THEM , BUT I TELL MU DOCTORS THAT I DO SO THEY DON'T TRY TO CUT ME OFF , I HAVE A OPIATE PROBLEM NOW , BECAUSE I HURT MY NECK AND BACK AT WORK 5 YEARS AGO , LIFTING A HEAVY TABLE AND STARTED TAKING VICONDON , PRECRIBED MY A ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR AND NOW , THEY DON'T WORK ANY MORE , FOR MY CHRONIC PAIN , I HAVE TO GET SURGERY AND I HAVE TO BE OFF ALL PAIN MEDS , WELL ANYWAY I HAVE BEEN ON OXYCONTIN 30MGS A DAY FOR LIKE 6 MONTHS AND THE DOC SAYS I HAVE TO STOP TAKING PAIN KILLERS SO HE CAN OPERATE , THAT ONE I CAN'T FIGURE OUT , I WILL LET YOU GUYS NO HOW IT GOES WHEN I START MY WEENING PROCESS, CAN ANYONE ADVICE ME WHY HE WOULD WANT ME OFF OF PAINKILLERS , BEFORE HE WOULD DO MY SURGERY ?
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    quote:Originally posted by dangit

    Hi Ron714,
    No, I don't HAVE to go off it, just wanting to stop having to use meds period. I developed chronic migrainess over the last 9 yrs. and after trying just about everything, I had a thought that maybe the Klonopin was a factor. I went on it after a bout with coke to stop the severe anxiety that came with stopping (vicious circle isn't it?) Now after all these years the anxiety is creeping back and I don't want to up the amount I take and going off right now doesn't seem to be a good idea either so thank you for your input. Even though one day I'd LIKE to be Klonpin-free, maybe now isn't the time.
    Good luck to you also, and oh, one more thing. Do you sleep well at night? I sleep good for 2 hrs. than I toss and turn and dream stressful dreams. Never dreams like running through the meadow into the big blue sky, more like dreams where you wake up yelling or crying? Gee, sounds more like I need a shrink.
    Just wondering if it effected your sleep?

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    I'm in a relationship with a person who has been on clonazepam for 14 plus years and they have now just started to wein him off. He is very withdrawn, angry, acts as if I am the enemy and doesn't want to be anywhere near me. Can you offer me any advise. It looks as though our relationship is lost at this point.

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    Lostandconfused,
    Far be it for me to offer relationship advice, but having tried weaning off it twice and knowing how that made me feel I'd say let him have some space. Let him know you're there for him, reassure him it's normal to feel to feel like you're going insane when weaning off the clonazepam, (back it up with written words,like these or others you research) and than leave him alone. A reassuring word once in a while than a step back. Hang in there with him if you feel he's worth it because it's not him, it's the drug. Everyone's different though so what may work for some won't do for others. Good luck to you and him.

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    I've been on Klonopin for the last 4 years. I ran out of pills once last summer and by day 4, I was in hell. I had to go the ER room to get some pills until I saw a doctor. My previous doctor had retired so a new one from the same practice took over my case. He said he had inherited a real mess from the retired Dr because she had all her patients on it. I told him I wanted to go off of it because I didn't want to go through those withdrawals again should I not have access to the pills. I was taking 4-6 mg a day but only at night to help me sleep. They worked and I was able to function just fine, work & take care of family.

    He started to wean me off slowly and it's been rough. Started with 2mg a day for 30 days and then down to 1mg for 30 days which was too hard to every once in a while I took an extra pill. After 21 days I ran out of pills. I didn't see the big deal, I mean 7 extra pills 21 days in my mind wasn't bad. But when I went to see him last week to get a refill, he got very mad and raised his voice and accused me of being dishonest about my original dosage amount. But he gave me a refill and increased the dosage to 1.5mg a day. At the same time he put me on an anti-seizure medication, high-blood pressure medication and a very low dose of seroqquel for sleep.
    He said that going cold turkey could cause seizures and death. This is the hardes thing I've ever been through and can't wait until it's over.

    Does anyone know if the valium thing really works. Why would that be different since it is in the same class of drugs that klonopin is in?

    At this point, I'll try anything.



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    This is a good site to get info on benzo detoxing.They have a thing there called The Ashton Manual that you can read.It talks about switching to valium and at what doses to take it at.It lists all the benzo's,then you pick the one you've been taking and it tells you how to convert that to valium.These people are very serious about getting off benzo's and they are loaded with info.Here's the site http://benzoisland.proboards56.com/ .................Good luck..Dave

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    i am very new to klonopin. i just read all this stuff on the forum and it scared the bejeezus out of me. I have a very addictive personality and have been insufflating 6-10mg at a time twice a day for about a week now. after reading all this I want to stop. will I experience any withdrawal after taking it for such a short time?

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    You might have some withdrawl but highly unlikely.If I were you I wouls stop right away unless your doctor say's you need to take it.Benzo's are a good drug for short term use but they cause hell if you abuse them or have to use them for ling periods of time.Good luck, you can lick this......Dave

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    I am 23 years old and addicted to klonopin. Ive been on it for the last 13 years of my life for severe social phobia and panic disorder. It has only masked my problems untill it feels like what was once a problem that rerquired medication is nothing in comparison to what im going through now. I cant hold a thought for to long anymore. It has destroyed my motor functions in my brain. Im an angry bitter person no one likes to be around. I am severely deppressed. what was once a wonder drug has now turned me into a mess.I have a hard time seeking pleasure in anything! Im confused as im writing now actually. I recently found out i have severe liver damage due to my abuse of benzodiapines. Im seeing an addiction specialist, but I'm not feeling like i can get off. In the last two weeeks ive tapered myself from 4mg a aday to 3.5 a day. Im getting alot of heart palpatations. i feel retarted, lazy, i feel like im loosing my mind. IM SO SCARED. What if im doing more harm than good? What if i die quicker from nerves than liver failur? everyone in my family points the finger at me like Im responsible for my addiction. I'm going through this all by myself. No one will validate the fact that i was just a boy who was told these pills would make me feel better by a doctor, which ultimately had me addicted, i wasnt given a choice. But now i can choose to attemp to get off. Most of the time pyschiatrist take ordinary people and exasperate there problems untill they feel hopeless. I FEEL BEYOND HOLPLESS. I feel like my potential, and my life was takin from me. Im less than half the person i once was. These drugs(benzos) do more harm than good in the long run. im completly jaded

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    I am 23 years old and addicted to klonopin. Ive been on it for the last 13 years of my life for severe social phobia and panic disorder. It has only masked my problems untill it feels like what was once a problem that rerquired medication is nothing in comparison to what im going through now. I cant hold a thought for to long anymore. It has destroyed my motor functions in my brain. Im an angry bitter person no one likes to be around. I am severely deppressed. what was once a wonder drug has now turned me into a mess.I have a hard time seeking pleasure in anything! Im confused as im writing now actually. I recently found out i have severe liver damage due to my abuse of benzodiapines. Im seeing an addiction specialist, but I'm not feeling like i can get off. In the last two weeeks ive tapered myself from 4mg a aday to 3.5 a day. Im getting alot of heart palpatations. i feel retarted, lazy, i feel like im loosing my mind. IM SO SCARED. What if im doing more harm than good? What if i die quicker from nerves than liver failur? everyone in my family points the finger at me like Im responsible for my addiction. I'm going through this all by myself. No one will validate the fact that i was just a boy who was told these pills would make me feel better by a doctor, which ultimately had me addicted, i wasnt given a choice. But now i can choose to attemp to get off. Most of the time pyschiatrist take ordinary people and exasperate there problems untill they feel hopeless. I FEEL BEYOND HOLPLESS. I feel like my potential, and my life was takin from me. Im less than half the person i once was. These drugs(benzos) do more harm than good in the long run. im completly jaded

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    Hi everybody.I registered yesterday. I was so overly excited to read experiences of people going through what I am that I felt I didn't directly adress the withdrawl topic. I think I rambled on about some things that were not germane, sorry. Citykittie, my withrawls have been a lot of pain in my joints,fatigue,dizziness,being lethargic, heart flutering, palpatations,insomnia. One thing thats agrivating is a lot of excessive saliva in my mouth, swallowin every second. I have been experiencing a lot of irritability and rage. I feel like I dont have all of my cordination. Strangers that see me walk often think Im drunk. Theres times where my muscles hurt alot. Im two weeks into my withdrawl untill this morning. I doubled my dosage out of fear.Now i feel like this is even more impossible.I have a lot of memory loss. One thing I did not adress yesterday is that I am also a severe alcholic. I quit this year. So I dont want everbody to think there going to get liver damage just because I did.I would have to say what affects my relationship with others is an overall feeling of being completly detached. I stutter all the time now, I have a difficult time talking and thinking.I accidentaly posted two of the same writings yesterday,sorry about that. My eyes are sunk and my stomach also hurts a lot. Does anybody think Its worth the trouble gettin off? My question is how am I going to be able to handle my nerves when off without something really bad happening. Im thankful for this group, thanks

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    I've used klonopin for a brief while to counter and help the drugs I'm allergic too with the help of cogentin. I haven't experienced withdrawl symptoms from that but others but my heart and prayers go out to us all...we must unite...and to those who made it here for release I pray we can all be a light of encouragement.
    To lostandconfused: Does your partner take any other drugs besides Klonopin maybe that would help?

    nutballgirl...I understand your fear or withdrawl...I've suffered sooo much from drugs I was forced to take in the hospital and then getting home and stoping cold turkey or being allergic...you might feel like death but it goes away....and if you need someone I am here...write and talk anytime.

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    I have been taking Klonopin for around 5 years now. My doctor prescribed 1 mil tid after my mother passed away. The 1 mil wasn't strong enough so my doctor increased the dosage to 2 mil tid. I took them tid for a long time but have only been taking 2 tabs for several month's now. I have never tried to get off them and haven't really had any side effect's. I would like to get off them but after reading all of the other post's I'm afraid to try. My husband's insurance will pay for a 120 day stay in a behavorial center so am just wondering if it would take that long to get off them and what you are given to help get through the withdrawel.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Beverly

    I forgot to mention that I have a fatty, enlarged liver so could this be caused by being on Klonopin for so long? [?]

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    crazytroubled writing one last time. I have posted a response to the klonopin withdrawl a couple of times with a feeling of desperation. I need to talk to you guys, someone that can relate but I'm afraid my comments have fallen on deff ears.If I posted to many comments with in a short period of time and my access is denied to the forum so be it! I need to talk.
    Can someone please respond to me?[V]
    I cant function without being doped up on klonopin.For the last couple of weeks I have been taking 1.5 of klonopin .I've failed. I went back up to three. Tonight my younger brother had a banquet for his football team. I recently reconcyled with my family, but I still have more problems than they want to adress. So I took alot of klonopin tonight to feel comfortable enough to go and support him. I still couldnt muster the courage to do it. I remain a physically vacant older brother. What hurts the most is knowing theres nothing of substance left in me.
    I've forgotten what if feels like to really feel. substance free. What is feels like to be able to function.Im not looking for pitty, Ive held all of this **** in for to long.I need to purge my feeling of despair!Once again I've been on them for thirteen years.I still remain a mentally ill individual with no life, and nobody in my life except for the t.v. I can tell you what shows play on t.v on any given day on any given time, but I cant tell you what it feels like to be content or what it feels like to have a life with people in it.Maybe I have to learn to live with the fact that a river travels with the direction of the stream, and not where we want it to.I am just worried where my strem is headed.

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