Klonopin - been taking Klonopinfor several years and want to quit, how do I taper dose?
- 15 Nov 2011 by steve9340
- 9 Jun 2015
- klonopin, benzodiazepine withdrawal, insomnia, sleep disorders, clonazepam, sleep, dosage
I've been taking clonazepam 1 mg for sleep problems for several years. I wake up at 2 or 3 am and can't get back to sleep. I've become tolerant to the stuff, and rather than increase the dosage, I want to quit. How do I taper dosages with my 1 mg. tablets? The best I can do is bite them in half. How long do I go on 1/2 tablets before going to zero?
About a month ago I started taking 20 mg of citalopram daily, because of my new doctor's theory that my insomnia is anxiety related, and the citalopram would be more effective. The doctor doesn't like the clonazepam ( I don't either) because of addiction issues, but really doesn't seem to care what I do about it in the immediate future as long as I try to deal with my anxiety through counseling. She isn't all that committed to the citalopram either
Hey Steve why do you have to bite it in half. Can't you get single edged razors and carefully cut the tabs? That's what I do. It's amazing you stayed at 1 mg for several years. Even so, you should do a slow taper off Klonopin because it's a Benzo. Technically you should cut down by 1/4 of the tab at a time. And then you have to play it by ear based on what kind of withdrawal effects you get. If you don't get strong withdrawal symptoms (wds) then cut down 1/4 tab every 1 or 2 months. And once you're down to 1/2 mg maybe your doc can give you the smaller tab.
I totally agree with Thor ... just want to add a bit more personal experiences ... been on Klonopin for 20+ years for psych issues ... got off once with, of course, a return of the panic attacks, which is why I started taking them in the first place.
I tapered down to. 5 mg a day for two weeks, then stopped. I started out on 2 mg three times a day! So, I was taking substantially less than when I began. That taper, from 6 mg a day to .5 mg a day, took me two months.
The reason it was so quick, my psychiatrist told me, was because Klonopin has such a long half life ... 12 hours ... unlike other benzos with a 4 hour half life (Xanax).
I actually stayed off them until the symptoms sent me back to the looney bin. I started taking me again and don't see a reason to stop now.
That's my 2¢ worth.
Good luck and
Try Valerian Root, Scullcap and Vervain. Take the Vervain in the second half of the taper, it acts as a ligand, that is to say it locks onto benzodiazipine receptors. I am prescribed Valium, but quite often use the herbs instead, and combined with Magnesium and Feverfew it works, so I only take Valium 3 times a week. I use German or Wild Chamomile with peppermint tea at side of bed to drink cold if I wake up.
Hi Steve, I know this thread is old from 2011, but I am wondering if you are finally off the klonopin?
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