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Weaning Off Clonazepam

Posted Feb 03 2011 6:45pm 1 Comment
After much discussion with my therapist we both agreed that the number one drug I need to start weaning off of is Clonazepam, as it is one of the most toxic medications I am on AND also one that I have been on the longest.  We decided that I would cut down from 2 mg / day to 1.75 mg / day and stay at that dose for 2 months at least.  We also decided that should I feel the need to take my usual dosage due to certain life circumstances then I should do so.  It's about listening to my body. We also discussed that I try giving myself 15 minutes before I take that extra dose first.  During those 15 minutes I will take deep breaths, think positive thoughts, perhaps light a candle and listen to soothing music... do things that feed my soul... and if after some time has passed and I still feel anxious then I can go ahead and take the extra dose.  It's also important for me to keep track of my triggers - in understanding what caused me to feel the way I was feeling so I can work on it in our next session.  I really like this plan and I feel very confident about it!

I am keeping a daily log as to how I am feeling each day.  My therapist wants me to use a scale from 1 - 10 to rate myself each day.  (1 = No Anxiety whereas 10 = Horrible Anxiety).  I will write down my dosage, scale rating, mood, and any relevant comments.  If after a while I am doing okay and am stable (no serious symptoms) then I will take the next step down to 1.5 mg / day.  I initially wanted to cut it down to 1.5 mg / day to start with but my therapist thought that was too drastic of a change for my body and I agreed with her.  Slow and steady - that is how I will safely brake free from this med!
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 I was also prescribed 1mg of klonpin twice a day.I started weaning about 2-3 months ago. I started taking just 1mg a day and took it day by day. Some days I would take 2 mgs and the next just 1 mg. During that time I would have a glass of wine to help take the edge off. I eventually got use to 1 mg and cut out the wine. I was taking 1 mg for about 2 weeks when I decided to try weaning to 1/2 mg allowing myself to take a whole if I really needed it but I ended up not. I was ok. Only took the half for two weeks and went down to a quarter. Than I ended up trying a day without it and I did it. I have done this on my own with a lot of research and talking with an old psychiatrist. I've been off the med for over a week now and I can honestly say I feel great. One thing that I think really helped was waiting as long as I could before taking my dose. I am totally free now. I was also on seroquil 25 mg to sleep at night I actually stopped that before I started tapering from the klonopin. It was very easy. I never took a whole 25 mg so that probably why it was easier. Anyway, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I reccomend staying busy, meditation, a little wine(just be careful not to use that to fix everything you have to feel uncomfortable), remember that alot of what stops you is the idea that you cant. Stay motivated. Rest when you can, get into a TV show or book, whatever keeps your mind focused. Good luck.  

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