I was on Xanax for about a year and I ended up getting severe mood swings toward the end of taking them and I couldn't even get out of bed to go to school so I decided it was time to find something else. Klonopin "saved me" and I've been on it for about two years now, with no mood swings. After not having a doctor and basically having to scavenge for Klonopin, I've decided it isn't worth it anymore. I want to have children, I don't want even more long-term effects from benzos (I've noticed a lot of memory loss) I can't even go two days without a 1mg pill. I've asked and researched how to go about getting off Klonopin and it seems like a nightmare... Does anyone know the BEST way to get off Klonopin? I still have to be able to go into work and function... which seems impossible with the things I've read. Tapering off, rehab, vitamins, alternatives... anything?
The way to get off the Klonopin is to taper slowly over time. You really need to be under a doctor's care though. Quite likely your anxiety will return and may increase when you come off the Klonopin especially since you are use to it. You may want to have a plan to implement for controlling your anxiety so to avoid unnecessary discomfort. There are many ways to learn to control anxiety without medication so you could get pregnant. Some things I find helpful are deep breathing execises, meditation and learning to stay in the here and now.
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