0.5 mg of clonazepam 1 x per day (before bedtime) and want to try to get off for good. Have never tried before. I also take 10 mg of fluoxetine per day. Not sure if they treat completely different issues or cross over. I was originally prescribed for panic attacks and depression about a year after my daughter was born (16 years ago). Any help greatly appreciated.
Hi, fortunately your dose at 0.5mg is quite modest so any withdrawals should be correspondingly minor. I would be inclined to talk to my doctor and discuss my intentions however as a good supportive doctor is invaluable. Transferring to a small dose of valium (diazepam) for a few months or so followed by you reducing to eventually taking the medication on as an as needed basis. Once you have mastered that quitting is easy. That is not to say that you will find switching Clonazepam for a lower potency benzodiazepine easy, just more that it won't be so hard after such a long time being habituated to Clonazepam.
I cannot speak about Prozac as it did not agree with me (a very long time ago) and as a result, I know relatively little about it except that it is indicated for use in both depression and anxiety primarily. https://www.drugs.com/prozac.html
Good luck and if you need any clarification or detail please just ask. :-)
MB1960 YES I agree with my good friend Stephen but never even try this without the doctor's help sometime they may have to increase the Prozac as they decrease the Clonazepam but get the doctors views and see what they want to do many times we went off but it turns into a big mistake and the medication don't work the same. So if the doctor does lower the Clonazepam It should not be near as hard being your on a very low dose. But it will take a while done right all my best to you. and thanks, Steve sorry I did not see you had hit this one before me. I am so sorry Chuck1957
I tapered from 1. Clonazepam taken at night for 6 years. I first went ct and soon realized this is a med not to be stopped abruptly. As any benzos should not be prescribed longer than 2-3 weeks many come off with worse symptoms. Benzos down regulate the GABA A receptors in our brains and may (or may not) make for horrendous withdrawal symptoms. The Ashton manual is highly accepted tapering schedule. Suggest you check out 1 or more groups on fb that are related. Benzodiazepine Recovery is one of many. I've been off 10 mos now with continued symptoms as my GABA A receptors are still trying to heal. Good luck and I suggest you get off now while you can.
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