to. My pharmacist said they are fast acting so if I have a panic or anxiety attack then take one. Please help someone because I started cutting the one I take during the day 1/2. The reason why I am doing this is because I am on too many prescribed drugs right now... Tegretol, ranitidine, meloxicam, oxybutin, & the clonazepam. I'm sure someome out there may understand why I have begun this process since my Dr. does not have any appts. for me until mid Aug. Thanks
That's a shame, since these things work much better when you are working with a doc. I can agree with you not wanting to take it on a regular basis, but don't say with all your meds, many of us take many more then you do, lolol. Did the pharmacist give you an idea how to do it? How long have you been on it? I've tapered off of meds, however how I would do it and what you can tolerate may be different. I'm sure someone who's done it with clonazepem will answer.
Clonazepam has a very long half life, that means it stays in your system a long time. I took myself off of clonazepam, I did it because some doc said I couldn't.
Nevertheless, if you really want off, drop one .5 mgs a day for a week, then after one week on the lower dose, can jump off.
When I weaned myself off of clonazepam, the only thing that happened was the return of my symptoms, panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. I was horrible to live with because of my disease, not wd's. Called my shrink and that's what he told me, if I want to live my life, crazy as a looney tune, i could stay off my meds or get my life back and go on them again. So I did. I feel great, and you are not on too many meds... I am on more than you are.
And I've been on clonazepam over 35 years. Go figure.
Those are my experiences with clonazepam. I call it my best friend. And I don't ruin relationships either.
Can I ask why you would like to stop taking the Clonazepam ? Right now you are on a very low dosage and if it is working why stop ? My suggestion to you is to wait until you see your doctor and discuss how to taper off it. You have to understand through unless you have learned tools to manage you aniexty and panic attacks they will retrun.
Another option , if you want to elimate some of your medications you should discuss with your dr which one can be elimated. I just went to my dr and he took the zoloft away of course we are going to taper me off it and see how it goes
As far as being on to many medications , if it not broke dont fix it
Good Luck , Hang in there I know it can be frustrating waiting to see your dr
How did everything work out with your weaning off? I hope you are doing well. I recently came off klonipin after 15 years of use. I am interested in comparing notes. Thanx.
I am on .75 mg of clonazepam for over 8 years-taken before bed. It was
prescribed to me by a holistic doctor no less. I can feel changes in
my neuro-chemistry as a result. I am pracitising meditation for over
30 years and I feel a kind of blocked energy in the head. I think it has to
do with the clonazepam-Im still trying to cut down by slicing a little bit off
at a time-but its not easy. I had originally started with .50mg but had to increase it to the .75 when the .50 stopped being effective. I also have TMJ
problems which is what I thought was the root cause of why I needed it
before bed. The doctor that originally prescribed it to me said try not
to take it every day-but I did as I found it worked quickly. Please let me know how your doing as we are on close to the same amount of Clonzepam.
I'm 1mg clons and I do the .50 2 times a day when you tapper I do a .25 at the time but first it's important to have your self ready and your doc backing your slow tapper.. so I had him so a Wright a script for .50 there yellow I was on green light green 1mg I would cut those in half to get my .50, don't do that because it's harder because when you cut you lose a little bit off each tap..well that adds up fast and you will never balance out took me 3 weeks of he'll and Hart all out of wack ECT you won't to keep it as close as you can to the right mg... so after 3 almost 4 weeks I did cut one in half and cut the half in half this made it .25 ok so this is 1 .50 a full yellow and 1 .25 and 1 half of the .25 I think that's 0.5 so I'll stay here till I fill stable could take me 2 weeks or more the thing is you will fill each time to cut..
but don't worry it's not easy but don't panic if you do have a little don't go back up because you fill each time you cut back or even have a panic attack best hang in there till you are back stable..that's the key to a slow tapper.slow slow.. but don't do this shave a 10th at the time it is harder to rapper because it breaks up to much for it to stable you out trust me it don't work well but up to you .25 and hold till you filling better you will now this differences best don't go back up it will make it mad for ya well it did me.. so I'm not a doctor but I was taking 3mg a day for 8 years and I made it this far I'm alive good luck and God bless it will help if you have support and I'll be doing a vid on youtube video on this from here it's not easy but what works for me my not work for you work closely with your doctor try not to be but on a nother benzodiazepine like valium to help rapper I find that won't work best makes it harder as well support is the key and you will have sleepless nights rest when and how you can you fill sleepy go rest.. but stay active use your mind as much a possible this will help avoid things that trigger panic with you don't force your self to be around things that's me you fill in comfortable.. don't drink even wine and I love wine but I found this can couse a panic attack no coffee even watch drinking tea unless it decaffeinated.. this will take time..I'm Christian and and I believe in God.. this has helped me most to pray thru the harder days.. find a high power in your of your God or a strong person in your life you trust to see you thru good luck and God bless!! you will be fine Note: drink a lot of water eat even if your not hungry work out walk don't jest sit around doing nothing find more info on youtube keep your mind working
Hi There.. I want to chime in and add a couple of thoughts.
First off, I love clonazepam- it is the best anxiety med (benzo) and has the fewest side effects. I tried a lot of them and all had very undesirable side effects ranging from lethargy, fatigue, heart palpations, etc... I say this for myself and I do NOT pretend to know how others will react.
Like most people, I hate being on drugs, so I fought for years to try to wean off clonazepam. I always tried to lower the dosage and never increase. I was 100% successful at that. I was on 1mg the whole time. I would not let myself increase. I refused.
Finally, I decided to go off... I was successful in lowering to .250 and I have never increased since (back-up).
My trick was to replace the higher dosage with jogging.
I started slow 3.5 miles mph on the treadmill. Then increased incline to a 5 incline. I sweat like crazy and I worked up from 15 minutes to 1 hour. I am in really good shape (heart wise) and this is 90% of the battle- in my opinion.
I find (my opinion) that jogging is a '10' times better drug than anything on the market. I think I can come off the last .250 but never felt led to do so.
I have never felt better. I do plan to take the last plunge soon because I feel so much better. I really changed a lot of things in my life which I know cause massive anxiety, namely:
Coffee ( now I drink swiss water decaf)
I eat whole foods and juice veggies and fruit. This made an enormous difference.
I take a lot of vitamins... b vitamins are really important and amino acids ( i take a lot fo them, and when I don't take for a week, I feel a huge difference. This is a big deal.
Biggest lesson. Our bodies are very fine tuned machines. We need to take care of ourselves. If you are missing certain vitamins or minerals, you can have big issues with mind and emotions. Same with lack of exercise.
Hope my words help or inspire.
I have been on Kolonopin now for about 5 weeks. 0.25mg in am and 0.25mg in pm. It has caused me to loose weight, loose my appetite, stay depressed and tired, stay nauseated all the time. How I do come off this? It's making me feel horrible!! I take 7.5mg of Remeron at night as well. Please help! This kolonopin is dangerous for me.
I took 7 months to get off 1/2 of .5 mg. But no problems
I have been on clonazepam 0.5 2x a day as well I am also weaning myself off of it very slowly I have been taking 1 in the am an 1/2 at night for a month now , Yesterday I started taking 1/2 in the am an 1/2 at night . So far things are going good no side effects . I have been taking it for almost 6 years I have COPD . I broke my left foot in January of this year an it is healing extremely slow , I have been put on pain meds an was told I needed to get off the clonazepam due to the fact that it will may mess with my breathing more . I was put on clonazepam for a mild case of anxiety nothing more . I am looking to see it this tapering I am doing is a good way to do it ? Any answers
I had been taking. 25mg Xanax in conjunction with 40mg Paxil since 2006 after a 5 year battle with undiagnosed panic disorder... I expressed the desire to get off Xanax completely in 2015... doc puts me on Clonazepam.25mg 2x a day,still taking the Paxil... feeling pretty good but having difficulty ejaculating... I was cool with it because my erections would outlast my wife's orgasms... but she felt less womanly so doc weaned me off Paxil... it was in Feb.of this year that I was involved in a fatality at work (transit) not my fault but obviously kicked my anxiety I to hyperspace... took 5 weeks off work and doc pushed dosage up to .50mg 2x a day... felt ok when I came back but then I started feeling like the Klonopin wasn't working anymore... high anxiety,more frequent panic attacks,agitation,accelerated heart rate,The whole 9 yards...
doc puts me on 25mg Nortriptyline,a nerve drug,to "replace" the Paxil... nothing... bumps it up to 50mg... still nothing... now I'm super nervous which is elevating my heart rate as high as 120 at rest... so here's where I'm at now... Ive been doubling up on the Klonopin with little results... now I feel like I'm immune to the Klonopin which kicks the panic up another notch... appt.with doc this Thurs.to try and get my levels stable... I don't want to be dependent on 2-3mgs of this stuff... but if I have to,so be it... doc might refuse... he seemed concerned about me takin 2mg a day for the last 2 days... will update... thx for this forum... it helps to know I'm not the only one..
Hey y'all i have been on 1 mg of clonazepam for a year and a month I tapered down to 0.5 for two weeks now I split that in half and I'm doing 0.25 mg for 2 weeks I'm on day 12 of the 0.25 taper is this a good taper schedule? What should I do after the 0.25? My dr didn't tell me what to do after that and he won't answer calls or emails ugh the only withdrawals I have had are muscle pain a little bit of a headache I need advice I'm nervous! Do you think I'll still get bad withdrawals?
I responded to your question in another persons response. But please please go very very slowly. I was on the same dosage you are on and i weened myself in 5 weeks and i ended up with severe insomnia, panic, heart palpitations, almost lost my job and i felt like I was losing my mind. I did not sleep for 11 DAYS and i called my doctor and he put me back on .5mg 2x a day. I hope you scroll down to read the rest of my experience before you decide to dose off. Read the Ashton Manual!!! I went too fast, please do not do that to yourself. Benzos slow down your gaba receptors we need gaba to self soothe, coming off benzos takes time for your brain to remember to use those receptors again. The benzo basically acts as a gaba receptor so your brain doesnt have to do it anymore the meds do it. Over time your brain stops using the receptors. You can read more about this by googling but please just be slow and careful coming off the klonopin.
Hi Reelwater, im similar to you and hate the idea of taking medication in order to function in my daily life. I have GAD and PD, and i spent my life trying to ignore them, or come on and off of sertraline, etc (gambits of meds). They worked in the past and i did the wrong thing. When they worked i stopped taking them, multiple times i did throughout my teenage and adults years. As a replacement i found myself going to alcohol (never do this plz). It worked for a few years, but i had become a high functioning alcoholic. Not that bad though towards the end of this current episode. This is my first time seeking true psychiatric and psychotherapy, i waited too long and tried to subdue in the wrong ways. After a series of traumatizing events a few months ago, i not relapsed into extreme anxiety, alcohol no longer worked. I drank myself to the point of extreme dependency and one day realizing this, i tried to stop.
It was bad, after 4 days i ended up in the hospital with withdrawals from alcohol and DT's. I was lucky i lived, and both unlucky, i was sent home with a bottle of ativan 30/2mg nothing else after i refused in patient care. I consistently made the wrong choices. I ended up taking the whole bottle within 3 days, I cant remember any of it but i assume its because it worked and i got that same calming affect as the substance i abused before. Anyways i digress, I'm on 200mg sertraline, 1mg clonazepam and 7.5mg of zopiclone to sleep (alcohol free). I plan on weening off the meds too, i understand how you feel, but without the right supervision or consultation dont try it alone. Consult your pharmacist if your too far away from a doc apt. but ask to speak to them in private, they usually are glad to take the time and listen to your situation. If the clonazepam is working and your not feeling the need for a raise in dosage or that its too sedating for you. Don't even try to taper without seeing a doctor first. For people like me i am dependent yes, but if it works for you. If you think you can live with anxiety without medication or therapy go ahead. Not all of us are so lucky, i wish you the best of luck.
I am getting ready to come off 2 mg dr says it’s going to be a very slow process clonazepam one of the hardest drugs to get off please be careful
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