Knew not to do this again. I did manage to get out to buy a couple of food items to provide minimal sustenance e. In total, 51 There were certainly more worrisome, physical things, so I had reviewed the side effects again after all of these years! I weaned slowly my last dose was July 14 I just found out I am 4.
I have done this before when I found out I was pregnant but also quit lexpro 20 mg at same time and the withdrawal was awful though I can't be sure it was all withdrawal since I was also newly pregnant and my body was going through hormonal changes. I am on day 3 of no klonipin and I don't really notice anything major. I was recently prescribed 10 mg buspar am and pm and wonder if this could be helping with withdrawal though it isn't a benzo so I am not sure that it would help.
Is it possible I won't go through any harsh withdrawal? Or have they just not hit me yet? Yesterday and the day before I did feel pretty awful--tons of physical symptoms and couldn't sleep but today, aside from feeling tired from lack of good sleep, I don't feel too bad. Any feedback is appreciated. Oct 25, 2. I wish someone would help me with this.
Now I am in a super state of anxiety so I guess my landing in this place has answered my own question. If this is withdrawal , it is beyond horrible. I can barely function but have to, heart racing, hands shaking, bad memories coming forth, no sleep without benadryl. I am currently in an absolute nightmare of withdrawal waiting for Tuesday when I can refill my prescription. I feel physically so fucked up, it feels like I could die.
Oct 25, 3. Despite the fact that you gave away some of your clonazepam , and "doubled up" on the dose as an aid to giving up smoking, it would have been preferable that your health provider had the foresight to recognise that you may very well run into trouble following the drug leaving your body. I feel that you have been treated very unfairly. You should not have been punished like this.
I'm going to keep this post short because I reckon that you're approaching if not already in a medical emergency, and need immediate professional help. Please believe me when I say that I don't mean to be unnecessarily stark or harsh in my reply when I say that you may be at risk of having a withdrawal seizure. It's important that you get medical help now.
Is it possible that you could get yourself to an ER or even your doctor? Whatever the reasons as to why you've not got enough clonazepam to see you through is immaterial. You deserve to be treated properly and now in order to remedy further emotional torture, and possibly critical consequences. I hope there's somebody with you who can help enable you to get help. I sincerely wish you all the very best best for a satisfactory and safe outcome, and would ask that you keep us updated later about it all.
Oct 25, 4. Thank you for your insight. Upon your recommendation I called my doctor again. Unfortunately, she is out of town until Monday and the other doctor I see won't help me because she didn't prescribe it. The nurse said the withdrawal is not life threatening and I will feel better tomorrow. She was very nasty about why I ran out of the medication and scolded me for giving some to my partner. I already have a refill in but it can't be filled until tuesday. Now I am afraid they will call and tell them not to refill it.
How embarassing because they will all scold me because I am addicted to a medication that they keep prescribing. I have been perfectly honest with my psych, telling her of previous addiction problems and the fact that I have given meds away to my partner before and she keeps prescribing it. I knew I never should have called them because now they will flag me as a problem when I have been nothing but forthcoming about all of my issues.
Now I am confused as to whether I need Klonipin or not and whether I should just ride this nastiness out to the bitter end. I need sleep but am terrified of tonight because my body just won't rest. I will just hold on to the hope that the nurse was right and the withdrawals will go away by tomorrow. If I don't think or talk about it, it is a little bit better.
This is a nightmare. I feel like this drug addicted pathetic patient that was given these meds by them and now they won't help me. Oct 26, 5. Oct 26, 6. Wow, that is awful. I have so had it with "medical professionals" who say the benzodiazepine withdrawal is not deadly and that it is alright to stop abruptly. I was at a detox centre one month ago to get off of opiates and she said I had to quit benzos cold turkey too!
Saying that it isn't a big deal, despite the fact that the doctor I had seen only two hours before told me to make sure I taper off, whether or not I am using it illegally. Just because a person is using a drug illegally, it seems to make professionals feel like the same deadly potential side effects don't apply and that the "slight amount of suffering" is payback.
I understand that pharmacies cannot just refill scripts early, there are no doubt tons of people running out early for similar reasons. That is up to the medical profession - but I think that once your script is done, the only hope is talking to your doctor. Geez though, how convenient it is for doctors to be gone for the weekend. What if someone seriously needs their doctor? Like the OP, potentially life threatening. Regardless of how she ran out, the doctor can address the issue in the mean time, even if it isn't a prescription for more clonazepam.
If I urinate, my muscles do not feel strong. Before, I had extreme power behind my urination. My entire system has been turned up side down. The only issue I found while on the klonopin, thus happened last New Year eve. I was so badly impacted, I had to be admitted to a hospital. I was given at least 4 huge bags of laxative, it did nothing.
The doctor had to manually clean me out. This was so humiliating and painful, I cannot begin to tell you. I am going for a colonoscopy thus coming week. I am hoping everything will be OK. My doctor refuses to return my phone calls after treating me for over 30 years. I gave a lot of thought to suing him. The severe Mental and Emotional Distress is horrific. What he caused me is egregious.
The loss of consortium alone is devastating. What do I do now? I am not a lawyer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God Bless. Calvin, forget about the law suit for now. Get help by getting someone to prescribe it and wean off slowly as described by many people above. You will suffer with severe symptoms for many months if you continue on this path of withdrawal from stopping cold turkey.
I am off of it 1 year and weaned somewhat slowly, 10 months, and am still having many symptoms. Hi, I have taken the Klonopin 0. I just realised that Klonopin has lots of side effects and I decided to withdraw it. I stopped it from 0. In the first 3 day after stopping the dose, I had strong headache, then my brain has occasionally a little dizzy in the first week. The significant difference after withdrawal of Klonopin was my dream: I wonder if this means that my sleep quality is better now?
I am still taking mg Trileptal every night. I have been on clonazepam for a little over 2 years. I take 2MG once a day before bedtime. I recently stopped the drug cold turkey about a little over a week ago. I found out I was pregnant and did not want to harm the baby. I never realized how bad of a drug this was until I started researching my symptoms.
Talk to you doctor ASAP see if you can reinstate and then began to wean. It tough and our brains need to heal. Take it day by day, drink lots of water, meditation are helpful. I have made several post earlier in the year. Total of 1 mg. I started weening July 1, I am currently down to. Making my reduction of. I need advice on how to get off this last.
However, it depends on individual, i. Would it be possible for you to reduce to 1 time per day? Withdrawal cold turkey will be very difficult in the first 1 week, but the suffering is worth, compared to the eventual relief! I would suggest you talk with your Dr first before completely stopping it. Agree with Sunny try to reduce to 1 time daily then go to every other day.
You can also take your daily dose later each day. For example if you dose at 5pm next day dose at 6pm, etc. Yes, compound pharmacy will mix small cuts to accommodate whatever you need. I just found out I am 4. I have been on clonazepam for 4 years 1 mg every morning. Immediately when I found out I was pregnant I downed it to a half. My head is in the clouds. I feel very detached and lost.
And let me know if I will be normal again? I have two other kids that need me. But by noon I can hardly see straight. I would suggest till you see your Dr. If you need to cut before you see your Dr. If you wish for a lower cut take 3 of the. Always check with your Doctor! Keep trying to get an earlier appointment. If unable to see them call today and talk to your DR!!
Was unable to wean from dry pill cuts it was a mess and I was a mess ended up in the ER once! Liquid titration is 0. Currently my dose is 0. Blessing and love will be sending prayers for you and baby! You will be normal again our brains need to heal. Dee and Anna, Thx for encouragement, and your experience just found your posts. I am coming up on four weeks off. It is a big jump, I now know. But K is so powerful, I have to attribute at least a fair amount of what I was feeling very bad to my body and brain not having the chemical in my system.
I had felt totally shut off, not wanting any human contact — for three whole weeks. I did manage to get out to buy a couple of food items to provide minimal sustenance e. I did some laundry yesterday, changed sheets, washed three weeks worth of dishes. I have a puppy which forced me to do minimal activity outside which has been a helped but felt like an annoying burden sometimes. Should dampen libido a bit.
I took it ten years ago for a few years and it was helpful. I am marginally functional, but tempted to medicate again any of several substances, behaviors. What would stop me, I hope, is recalling how bad I felt and how bad it would be if I got back on K, and other stuff. Coming off again might be impossible. This whole process is disparagingly awful for someone like me who likes to remove pain but putting something in my mouth.
I will sometimes read the same blog entry several times just to settle myself down. I started eight years ago on. Several times I was able to get to. But when I went below. The last time I was able to get to. Three weeks ago, I went off. It has been rough. I also stopped using alcohol at the same time I was an episodic drinker. For the past week, I am off everything — cannabis, alcohol, and K. I have a slight ringing in my ears, I feel slightly dizzy, thick-headed, and my sleep is not good.
Nor my appetite — either not hungry, or want to binge on sugar or fat. I am exercising everyday, quite vigorously, which takes the edge off my desperation. I got a young dog two months ago, perhaps without entirely realizing it that I needed a major distraction while I gave up all my addictions. The major question when coming off anything like K is — am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms or am I simply feeling reality without drugs?
I still have a whole Rx bottle with. Glad for any feedback. Would suggest a liquid titration from a compound pharmacy. The weeks ahead might get touch and jumping off of. You have great strength! Blessings and wisdom to each of us as we try to get through each day! Yes, much better liquid titration is a blessing. Let your body be your guide!
Hello, I have been on Clonazepam 1 mg twice a day for over 15 years. I was recently hospitalized and they stopped it cold turkey. While in the hospital I experienced a seizure. Is it possible that it was from being taken off cold turkey on the dose I was on? I have experienced the worst anxiety I ever have. It was so bad I started taking it because I could not stand that feeling. I know I need and want to get off of it completely, but I am not sure exactly how to taper off of it.
I am just desperately needing some feedback. The doctor I am seeing now will not prescribe it and that is fine, but is not working with me to wean me off of it. I am having a very rough time with all of this. Read the Ashton Manual and benzo. Pray all the time and use meditation. This is a long process find good support groups and friends to help. You can do it and may our Heavenly Father blanket you with healing and love. It takes time for our brains to heal.
Yes, not weaning cold turkey can make you have a seizure. Find a doctor and a compound pharmacy that will work with you! I lost my insurance and went off the Wellbutrin and Lamictal, cold turkey. The Klonopin I still had plenty of because I was able to go down to half to sleep on for awhile and a whole one only if I had a panic attack.
Well the withdrawal from the other 2 was hell. Decided 2 weeks ago to take an about 70 at one time and sleep in my car, in FL heat until I cooked myself to death. Friend found me that evening, took me home to sleep it off, then took me back to where I had my car parked the following morning. Bad move, tried to drive home, and got into an accident, followed by a DUI arrest. This week now has had about 8 hrs total of sleep and I have the shakes, no appetite, and been a bitch to everyone.
I see how many of you had a hard time just with tapering. Anyone know anything about overdose withdrawal? I frequently have to go cold turkey off them, every three months if my appts are delayed for any reason. So my sleeping pills need to be strong enough to get me knocked out over the pain. My heart cries for each of you stay strong and yes there is hope and peace ahead. I was on Klonopin 1mg for 5 years. The drug he started me on for anxiety after my parents died 5 years ago.
I weaned slowly my last dose was July 14 My wean was up and down not constance. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Pray and pray hourly! Spend quiet with yourself. Praying Gods grace will blanket each one reading and posting on this site. Anne, Did you taper using the Ashton Method recommendation of crossing over to Valium? I have just started this, and wondered if anyone here has done this. I was on Clonazepam 1Mg at night to help me sleep for over five years.
About one year after taking Clonazepam. I developed burning mouth syndrome. I went to everyone I could and no one had any answers for it. I was thinking I would have to get on pain meds because nothing was helping. I went to my Gastroenterologist about one year ago and the PA I saw mentioned that she had other patients with the same issues that were also taking Clonazepam that is when the bells stated going off.
I went back to my family Dr. I am now nine months off the Clonazepam. Of course the first four or five months were just sheer hell and I was sure I was going to die. Things have been doing okay for some time except for the sleep, even the burning mouth was doing better. About two weeks ago I started getting palpitations along with the burning mouth firing up again and the fatigue has been really intense. Last Friday the palpitations were so bad that I called and went to the ER.
All of the tests came back fine and I now have to go to a cardiologist to make sure the heart is okay. What I find disturbing is that out of all of the Drs. Most of them are passing it out like its no big deal. I am grateful that my PA at my Gastroenterologist at least remembered that she had other patients with the same issues and that started me down the path to what I hope is a full recovery some day.
There is no doubt that I share part of the responsibility for being in this position. Hello, my name is Veronica, I was on 4 mgs of Xanax for over 30 years. I went to a new psychiatrist and he wanted me off the Xanax and on klonopin as it latest longer in my system thanXanax. We did a quick titration and weaned me off Xanax over a month and onto 1 mg of klonopin twice daily. I ran out of klonopin as my Dr.
I thought it would be fine, since I never had trouble when I ran out of Xanax. Well, klonopin is a whole different animal. I suffered debilitating panic attack, insomnia body aches. I had restless legs and weird… my nose started running… literally down my face. I went online looking for signs of withdrawal and found this site. It also made me decide that I wanted to try to withdrawal from this medication. I finally saw my shrink and he set up a slow long weaning schedule.
We cut the dose in half and will continue to drop the dosage at my confidence. I just found this wonderful site, got a little dizzy just reading so many posts, but am so proud of everyone, wherever you are in your journey from HELL. I was prescribed Clonazepam by my family doctor, excellent doc, but a little cavalier about prescribing this crap, I never questioned the wisdom of it, did NOT take responsibility for checking out side effects, et al.
I will call my new doc and ask about outpatient withdrawal clinic or specific advice on tapering off. Are you-all cutting the pill, have you gotten prescribed the lower doses? Best I can do cutting-wise is in two, i. Started getting severe muscle spasms, thought it was my rheumatoid arthritis spiking, hard to parse out what is what but ultimately I know I have to get OFF Clona. I will call pharmacist, and my doc. Since she was one to tell me I have to get off Clona, seems like she bears some responsibility in how to do that with the least withdrawal symptoms.
I will repost when I feel like I know how to proceed most safely. I know whereof you speak, my heart goes out to everyone, I know we will all be better caretakers of our bodies after we come out the other side, well and whole and lots of hair. I made up my mind again to wean off this devil. This evening I had the crap scared out of me. I read that high BP can be a symptom of withdrawal, but that fast? In any case, I was so freaked that I ended up taking another clonaz.
I have a friend who is now tapering by. I have now been off it 10 months and am still experiencing protracted withdrawal. The best thing you can do for yourself is research. Make sure you read all you can especially the Ashton Manual. The more information you have for yourself the better it is for you. I have been taking Klonopin for about 2 years and during that time I have been a poly drug user also taking oxycodone or hydrocodone and occasionally using cocaine and drinking anywhere from beers per day and also smoking pot.
The klonopin might usually have been anywhere from. Then the other drugs came along until March of I stopped taking the opioids and cocaine all together because I became very scared when I noticed withdrawal symptoms when not taking them. I kept taking Klonopin to help with the anxiety and on July 1 I stopped taking the Klonopin and stopped drinking beer cold turkey which I now know is not good but I have been dealing with it anyway.
My job is pretty stressful and I have been having memory and confusion issues at work but the worst part is the morning anxiety. I go to bed at around 10 but I wake up at about 2 with some pretty bad anxiety which lasts all day till about 3 or 4 pm. The anxiety seems to subside greatly in the evening and I can get to bed no problem hoping that tomorrow will be better, but sure enough at 3 am the anxiety is back full force making it so hard to go to work.
I have been off everything for a week now and I have absolutely no craving to use or drink anything in fact I still have pills, beer and pot here with no desire whatsoever to use any. My withdrawal symptoms have decreased a bit and I have less night sweat, less tingling in the extremities, less sweating, but still a pattern of heavy morning anxiety with decreased evening anxiety. Will that go away?
I really need to see a psychologist to deal with my anxiety that got me using all the drugs in the first place. I was bored, anxious, running from my problems, distracting myself, and trying to get my mind off of my work stress when I finally realized what a mistake I have been making. Now I need this all out of my system. Does anyone know how long the poly drug using withdrawal symptoms might last?
Initially it was prescribed to help me taper my alcohol use. That part was easy in comparison. Last year I lost a friend to cancer and was taking more than prescribed. So I ran out with over two weeks until I could get more. I was having so much trouble and it only occurred to me on day 14 to look up withdrawal symptoms. She just left me hanging and not knowing what was to come.
Needless to say I have since found a new doc. New doc put me on an antidepressant will have withdrawal from that too some day and trazodone to sleep more withdrawal sigh. But all in effort to get me off of the clonazepam. Fatigue, depression and memory loss among many other things — at 45 I feel Thanks for your stories, everyone.
I am not typical of the people who have posted here thank you for your input! I have had massive panic attacks and extreme anxiety since childhood, with some years of relief in between, but I can say that I have had panic attacks most of my life. I was very resistant to medication, but finally realized that the quality of my life was horrible, and I spent most of my days trying to survive the worst bout of panic attacks was after the birth of my only child, and lasted for many years….
I started seeing a psychiatrist, who put me on a modest dose of valium, but it only took the edge off my panic attacks. I took part in a panic attack study at a major hospital in NYC, and in the process of the study, saw a psychiatrist who started me on Luvox, which to my amazement, completely eradicated the panic attacks for two years I later learned Luvox is only effective against panic for years. I then saw a new psychiatrist, who started me on Klonopin, gradually increasing my dose to 6 mg.
I was panic-free on Klonopin for 20 years, and I am probably the only person here who is grateful to this drug for removing the attacks which tortured me for years. The problem is now, 20 years later, the Klonopin is finally losing its effectiveness, and I am building a tolerance to it. However, at this point, the Klonopin has lost even more of its effectiveness, and although I am not having panic attacks, I cannot sleep, am hypersensitive to noise, and I am experiencing constant feelings of intense anxiety, unless I distract myself sufficiently, which is becoming more and more difficult.
I seem to be the only person here who realizes I need to come off Klonopin, and VERY slowly — but the difference is I want to replace the Klonopin with another medication, as I am so prone to intense panic attacks, and I have no reason to believe that if I am off all medication, I will be done with panic attacks. So my question is: Has anyone here transitioned from Klonopin to another benzo or another medication to assist in the Klonopin tapering process?
And if so, what was the new medication, and was the transition successful? I am planning on seeing a psychiatrist and I will bring the Ashton Manual information with me very soon, and I would greatly appreciate it if there is anyone here who can recommend a medication to help transition from the Klonopin. Parth, I am on day 2 of Klonopin withdrawal, but have gotten off benzodiapines before. I dropped from two mg to one mg in about ten days- it was too fast, but I made it.
Using a forum like this daily has really helped me before when I have been doing a medication taper. Ted, if you have done benzo tapers before, how do I taper off the last. I have been tapering for one year July 4 last yr. I am getting low on my last prescription. He treated me like a drug addict. Just wondering how rough would it be to drop off the full. Thank you for sharing this, I wish to know how long would it last estimated in my case?
I took 15 tabs of 0. I usually took it at interval of every 2 days. Now after leaving this I feel muscle twitching and insomnia. If you could help. My psychiatrist prescriber has unexpectedly passed away. Now I face the horror of having no where to turn. I take it for insomnia caused by MAOI antidepressants. Wow, Ben — so sorry things are the way they are for you. You have got to find someone who will keep your refills coming until you can slowly taper.
Dropping off that much in a pretty much cold turkey way has got to be recognized by at least one provider in your area — stay on the phone until you find someone — please keep at it until you do. I literally feel sick to my stomach and have a headache all the time. Those are my symptoms two weeks out. I came off too fast. I have trouble falling asleep too. My concentration levels started to wean off after the first week. I hope to feel better soon. I have been on meds for over 18 years for panic attacks since I was I was on mg or Effexor XR and.
I have been weaning off of Effexor since Thanksgiving. My last dose was 34mg of Effexor and still the. I stopped both 2 days ago. My last time taking it was Wednesday This is my second day off of my meds. My withdrawal started kicking in last night. This is a nightmare. I am with my husband, kids and both my parents during this detox, how long is this hell going to last? You need to taper very slowly off of it. You very likely could experience severe withdrawal for many months….
Hi there I have been on Clonazepam since Oct various doses. I am also on Remeron for sleep I am so fatigue most days starts around pm so I am trying to wean off the pm dose. I have cut the. Hopefully no WD going slow and easy. Kathy — You are really thinking this through — good for you. Hope all is going well. I am on day 2 of a taper involving 4 meds. I am going at it too fast, but I hope to just will through the first 3 weeks. I am so tired of being tired all the time.
The oversedation has really made me sluggish and I am ready to start feeling good again. I will probably readjust my schedule once the wd starts to hit. You are doing it the right way — I am being impatient, but I will adjust as I hit the withdrawals. That was 10 days ago. He gave me Xanax. I called him at 7 days at my wits end. I have all the symptoms listed. At 10 days I am concerned as to whether or not I am still in danger of seizures?
I also live alone. I had to find this out on my own. I cannot wait to speak to my doctor on Mon! I want off of the Xanax too! I try to keep drinking liquids because of the excessive sweating. Not sure how long I can take these symptoms on my own. Any advice is appreciated. I ended up at the ER and they sent me to a medical detox. I spent five days there until I was stable. I appreciate everyone sharing. After having my first panic attack in , I was prescribed Xanax; not knowing anything about it.
Years later, I would begin to experience heightened anxiety; took myself off the medication ill advised. Fast forward to today; about a month ago, had a panic attack; doctor prescribed Clonazepam — what a fool I was to take a benzo again. This medication did nothing for me; made anxiety out of the roof. I asked my doctor to taper me off and this was his suggestion: K, yes, your taper does appear too fast.
It is recommended to taper down by. No one can predict how long it will take but on average you will experience symptoms 1 month for every year on it. Everyone is different with so many differing factors involved. I know of a friend who went to a doctor that gave her. Hang in there and taper slowly from this very dangerous addictive drug. I am so happy that I found this site.
Last night was the worst night of my life. My mother recently passed and I had to put my dog to sleep just a month after. Little did I realize that it was do to coming off of clonazepam. I have been taking. I thought this would be a relatively simple process, but it has turned to a struggle. Now, I know that it is imperative to wean gradually off of this sh tty drug. Any advice is welcome. I am 71 years old and when my doctor prescribed Klonopin for a seizure disorder I felt great!
That was 15 years ago. I continued to feel markedly improved in my level of functioning until recently, when, either due to the med. When I discussed eliminating the medication, my doctor sagely suggested I gradually taper off. For years I took 1. For the last few weeks I have cut my dose by. He suggested I stay at this level for two months, then we will reduce the level more.
Been off this drug now for 60 days, still have a few issues. Anyone still have withdrawal symptoms after 60 days? Hay, Shirley, I too am getting off Klonopin. Did you gradually cut your dose back? How long did it take? I have a post here… on May They took me off clonazepam 2 weeks ago at the hospital. They tapered me off from 5 milligrams a day to 0 in one week. I am having trouble remembering. I am having trouble concentrating. I have sweats, as well as my neck, back and head aching.
In September , I began having strange wave-like sensations in my head after suffering a pinched nerve in my neck earlier that summer. I was prescribed 10mg Lexapro daily and. Still, the waves did not cease. In November, I returned to my doctor who then prescribed me. The waves went away! And I made it happily and comfortably through the holiday season. Then mid-January, the worst happened — the waves returned.
I had a follow-up with my doctor in February, so I chose to wait it out. During my appointment, it was discovered that had gained 17lbs from the Lexapro. My doctor and I agreed to stop the Lexapro. But with stopping Lexapro, came an increased dose of. This continued through the rest of February and March. After the horrific withdrawal I suffered after ceasing Lexapro, I knew I wanted to get off of Klonopin stat.
This time, my doctor explained that it was necessary to taper so the first day of April, I went back down to. I did this all month without any problem. Headaches, head pressure, feeling off-balanced, dizziness, confusion, fogginess, among other things. With the help of cognitive behavioral therapy, my anxiety has thankfully remained at bay for the the most part. Or am I going too fast? Or am I just drawing it out and making it worse for myself? I never thought I could develop a dependence in 5 months, but I f only I knew then what I know now.
No more antidepressants or benzos EVER again. Been off the terrible drug now for 60 days still having some issues. Only took this pill for a year, I can only image what people who took it long are going through. Everyone hang in there… Take a day at a time. Shirley, you are right about only imagining what people who have taken it for long are going through. I am living it and it is simply beyond words at times. I have been off of it for 8 months now after 21 years of this drug.
I still have a multitude of symptoms: I am staying the course, though and taking it one day at a time. I am looking into any interest in starting a benzo support group in my area because I believe there is a need for it and the benzo problem is more widespread than many people realize. I was put on 2mg of Clonazepam to help me stay asleep at night.
Had I known I would have never gone on it. During a week of business travel, I figured out that I was going to run out over the weekend that I retuned home. I started cutting down to 1mg a night for 4 nights. I called my Doctor to get the written prescription on a Monday. It took to Wednesday to get the prescription. Then it took the pharmacy 1 day to fill it.
So I had 3 days without any Clonazepam. I started feeling the withdrawal on Monday, Tuesday — Thursday was horrible. I picked up the prescription on Thursday at 5: I immediately took 1mg. I started feeling better in an hour. Never in my life did I think that such a low dose of a drug could have such a dramatic effect if you stopped taking it. I want to to stay on the 1mg and taper off of it, but for now by 5: I usually do my homework on prescriptions but at the time years ago I was desperate for sleep and was willing to try anything… Never again!!!
I wax prescribed Klonopin for eight years following my daughter being in a terrible accident that left her with a lifelong traumatic Brain injury after experiencing extreme anxiety over the situation! At that point I was in the throes of withdrawal and decided to never take the drug again due to the fact that withdrawal symptoms were so severe! Have never done anything to hurt her in my life and coming out of this medication cold turkey… I would not recommend it to anyone but I will continue on my journey because I cannot imagine turning back at this point!
Is there anyone out there that has come off of this drug cold turkey who could express or share their experience with me?! Coming off of 3mg a day, I had instant dizziness. April 18th I had a seizure for the first time ever. It was a grand mal seizure. My husband was crying and I was so confused. Why this time did I have a seizure, when every other time I was dizzy but still ok? Does anyone use this med for bipolar disorder?
I am still on a mood stabilizer and anther anti-anxiety medication. At first I was pleased to have a bit more energy and to be less numb and lethargic. But now I seem to have a greater emotional range than what I am prepared to deal with. Yet there must be a way to reduce without becoming super overwhelmed. Any other bipolar folks who have successfully reduced this med? Last weekend, I missed 24 hours of Klonopin dosing. I am prescribed 1mg three times daily.
So I missed Saturday and resumed dosing Sunday. I had a sort of psychotic break late Sunday night followed by a gran mal seizure at 4: At one point, he wanted me to taper by 0. Klonopin half-life ranges from hours. I guess I metabolize it fast. Seeing him Tues — today is Sunday. Kevin, taper very, very, very slowly. I had horrific symptoms the first 6 months after complete withdrawal so 10 months was too quick for me.
Glad you are consulting the Ashton Manual. Take care and go easy on yourself. Ten days ago my doc suggested weaning from. I thought this seemed wayyyy short but here I am. I took clonazepam for 12 years 5 milligrams a day I have been off it for 2 weeks. Hello, I was prescribed. Since then I have been cutting the. I have been on the. I know it is low, but I have taken it every morning for 16 years.
Shave off a little every week. Then stop after about two weeks. You may still experience withdrawal symptoms. Hopefully not for long. Look up on YouTube… water titration. Start dissolving your tablets with ml of water. Slowly, every 7 to 10 days lower your dose by 1 ml. It will take some time but it sure helps with the withdrawal. Look over the Ashton Manual on the internet as well. Keep reading this blog and it will help you feel better as well. My Doc, who now seems to be an idiot for only giving me 5 days of 1mg to taper!
My body is going through hell. She gave me two break in half for four days, and three to cut into 4. I am now on day three without it. Headaches, dizziness, confusion, intestinal issues, muscle twitches, insomnia, sensitive to light. Zach you did not say how long were you Taking this pill.. That seems a very short time to taper. I took 2 months to taper and still have withdrawal symptoms.
I was on clonazepam rapid melts for 7 weeks 3 days for panic attacks and anxiety from a drug reaction to a proton pump inhibitor used for three weeks. I was taking nightly dose. I was told this would break the cycle. Somewhere in the middle of the course, I became resistant and did not know this. So I kept giving the. Then psych raised level to. Knew not to do this again. Next day, the neuro psych dr.
So many symptoms at. Could not swallow one more of these pills. Strong attacks along the way. Now, abdomen has been rumbling past few weeks, and one long attack during the afternoon which tightens muscles and tingles legs and body. Rapid heartbeat and off beat. Am I to expect a major attack every day when the substance leaves my body? I can not go back on this drug.
I wish I never took this. Hey, been off this terrible pill for 25 days now. The withdrawal symptoms are wicked. I think no matter how you taper you will have these withdrawal symptoms. Everyone just hang in there, hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel. Anyone know how long these symptoms will last?
I took it for one year. Congrats to you Elizebeth Sarah! I am now almost two months without, and am feeling better little by little. Mornings are rough, but I just stay busy as soon as I can get rolling. My dizziness is decreasing, too. Cannot explain, do not care, as long as I feel better. Everyone, hang in there, it does get better. I would advise not getting too caught up in scientific this and that, you know yourself, trust your head.
I wanted to come back on here and post a success story. I was on 4mg of clonazepam over four years. One of the worst experiences of my life. I had almost every withdrawal symptom. It was way intense. I cried twice during it because it was so bad. I did get through it though. The entire experience lasted about four months since of course I was still experiencing withdrawal after I was completely off of it. Anyway, it does get better. Hugs to all of you who are going through it right now. I was on 2mg for 4 yrs.
Wanting to taper off and stop taking this completely. Reading all of these post really frighten me. About 8 years ago I weened myself off of Paxil, but had to seek the help of a doctor other than the one that prescribed the paxil just to get off of it. Sounds like this stuff is even harder to quit. It was not easy getting off of the Paxil either.
I get the meds through the VA, who botched my prescription so many times, I would order it when I got down to 10 day supply, only to discover they never ordered it when I ease down to like 1 pill. This happened 6 times in 1 year. Then, I was urine tested and they said the clonazepam was not in my blood. I was taking it, so I decided screw it, this is causing more anxiety than being without, so I quit. The doc wanted me to take some other mind warping crap while I got off, they went down the toilet.
I have not taken any clonazepam for 1 month or so, and though it was hellish, I am getting better. I run a lot, 30 miles a week, and that helps a lot, and I think you should lay off booze, and limit coffee. I am a stubborn man, perhaps too stubborn, but this can be done. Just have to gut it out. I am a year-old retiree. Was on Clonazepam 1 mg.
Started my taper 6 months ago, reducing the amount by cutting tablets. Withdrawal symptoms started about 3 days later. If I had a job to report to, I have no doubt that I would have to take a leave of absence or be fired. I am afraid to drive. I am often incoherent, and when I do attempt a conversation, I quickly lose my train of thought. The physical withdrawal symptoms are disabling and I struggle each day to try to maintain some sense of normalcy.
However, I am afraid that I may be unable to continue. If I had any idea that this drug would so destroy my life, I would have never taken it. You are on your way! There will be tough weeks and months ahead but it will eventually get better. I am 6 months off completely and only now is my anxiety easing somewhat, and other symptoms slightly lessening. The psychological symptoms have been horrendous prompting me to refer to this process as my mental and emotional Aushwitz.