I am on my own tappering myself off clonazepham. I do not have the support of my Doc. and at this time I am uninsured. I know that my bodies dependency on clonazepham is preventing my from achieve my full potential personally and professsionally. I am determined to go through the withdrawls. Through this experience I have gained a more compassionate view of what indivduals with illegal drug withdrawl experience. My whole body aches like I've been in a serious car accident. My mind is foggy. I am terrified of lossing my job as an adjunct professor. Any natural formulas to help me function through this ordeal will be so much appreciated.
Hi there! again!lol
How much were you taking and for how long? How did you do your taper and how far are you? I ask you all those questions coz it's gonna be easier to help you if we know a little more.
The tapering process of benzos is hard but it's doable. Take it one day at a time.
There's a great site where you can find tons of info
And here you'll find an example of tapering schedule:
Feel free to pm me anytime.
Best of luck to you.
I've been on the site you recommended and I agree it has a ton of useful information. Maybe I should re-visit. I had started reading Professor Ashton's manual. My prescription reads 1/2 to 1 every 6 hours of 2mg. Most recently I've found it necessary to take the full 1 tablet 2 or 3 times a day to not feel jittery. However, the side effect has been depression on my best days I would feel unmotivated and depressed. On my worse days I don't want to get out of bed and almost feel suicidal. I just want this junk out of my system. I rather deal with full blown panic attacks then this drug. I think I need to rethink the aggressive tappering off. I have no one in my circle of family or friends that understand or want to hear about what I am going through. Thank you so much for your posts.
I was just where you are a few months ago.
There's no "aggressive tapering" off benzos, the risk of seizures is way too high and you're gonna go back to your old dosage anyways.
The usual plan is to taper off 20% of your dosage every week to 10 days. But that's the "rule", now comes you. Sometimes you just can taper, you can feel that your body is not ready for it. My rule was 2 good nights in a row, since sleeping seems to be my problem. It's all a question of honesty towards yourself, when you feel decent again, you gotta go down and go thru wd's again. It's no fun and it's not easy but it is so worth it. The feeling of getting your life back is great and the dark clouds of depression are gonna go away. Depression is completely normal, benzos tend to do that. Is there an NA meeting where you live? That can be a great source of support, just an idea...
There's no one that understands sweetie, unless you have been there, there's no way for someone else to understand what you're going thru, the emotional roller coaster, the feeling of not being worth it, the lack of motivation to do anything, Believe me I can relate. It'll all disappear along the way of your tapering.
Hang in there and keep posting.
my mother has been taking syndopa plus125mg(100mg levodopa+ 25mg carbidopa)(1/2-1/2-1/2) since three years, ropark(ropinirole 1mg)(1-0-1) since 2 and half years, thyroxine 50mcg(1-0-0) since 2 and half years, parkin 2mg(trihexyphenidyl hcl 2mg)(1-0-1) since 5 years, clonazepam 0.5mg(1-0-1) since 2 and half years. She is using all these due to parkinson's, hypothyroidism. She's been suffering with mouth and tongue sore for years. She has I.D.Anemia too(may due to these tablets). Recently we consulted a new doctor and he made us to stop parkin and clonazepam suddenly. Everything is fine for 2-3 days. Then she has got many problems including severe hallucinations, unable to move etc., We used Quitipine 25mg(1-0-1) by Doctor's suggestion and situation became worse. She made one suicide attempt too. Then we are giving clonazepam 0.5mg(1-0-1) back. She became normal again (We added parkin 2mg also due to the muscle cramps) . But the problem is, now we need to give her an extra dose of 0.25mg clonazepam in the afternoon, sometimes in the evening too, because of severe hallucinations like fearing bomb etc., I am afraid of giving her the extra doses of clonazepam in between am and pm. But otherwise she is fearing like anything. I am reading a lot about tapering of clonazepam. But right now, is there any other medicine we can use along with lesser amount of clonazepam which can help her getting rid of hallucinations.
One more thing is, is there any other tablet mentioned above or the interaction between them is the reason for hallucinations?
Hey everyone. I have been taking Klonopin for the last two years and it did nothing but make my life hell. The person that it made me was digusting. The things that I said and did are just nauseating. I was taking xanax, vicodin and anything else that I could get my hands on. I always felt depressed and wanted to end my life. I started taking 1mg and went up to 6 -2mg pills at a time just to feel normal. This almost killed me so many times, I can't believe that was me. I am still addicted but I stopped them after I ran out a month ago. I never refilled them though because this time I really stopped. I suffered the worst withdrawl and am still suffering. My mind is fogged and I feel really stupid. It's hard to socialize and I can't talk to anyone outside of my house, it's really weird because I thought that I was social. I just can't be around any of my old friends sober. I feel like I have nothing in common with any of those people. I can relate to all of you. Oh and I still haven't slept one good night, I am not sure when this goes away. The fear and anxiety is at it's prime. I just deal with it. I am really sick of people saying, just work out. Easier said then done. I have a hard time getting out of bed everyday.
The anxiety and fear you have can be conquered just like the pills. It will take work but it can be done. Start with us and work your way towards being more social with others that physically surround you. The drugs and the comfort we had using are all associated with ISOLATING!
Before we were very social but once the addiction had it's way with us it took us into the dark. Now when we cet clean it's like a flashlight being thrust into our face at 3am! We are shocked, scared and uncomfortable. Try your best to relize that you are on the right track, that you lived without pills before and you can again. You social skills though rusty will begin to emerge once you make the decision to use them again. I know it's scary but you can and will be happy, joyus and fee again!!
Your sleep will return as long as you are not using chemicals. Once it does you will have complete confirmation that you have made one of the best decisions you can ever make in a lifetime!
Lean on us for now, be confident that God loves everyone and He will help you if you ask.
Thank you for the prayer. It's been about a month. The last bottle of klonopin (60) lasted me about 2 days, these were 2mg's also. I am so ashamed. I just abuse everything that I come in contact with. Caffiene, cigarettes (2weeks and no cigarettes also), sleeping pills, etc. The main thing is the klonopin though. I get this energy from them and I am able to get things done- or so I think. I ruined my life taking them. I can't even look my family in the eyes or socialize. I feel like everyone hates me. I have made so many enemies and/or made an *** out of myself. I don't want to show my face ever again. I have lied and cheated. I can't believe that was me. I am walking around with the worst guilt- I am sure that you can imagine. I wanted to let you know that I can relate to your story. 3 years ago, I was driving to work and had a random seizure behind the wheel. I crashed into 4 other cars- the weird thing is that I was not conscoius. I crashed right in front of the hospitol and had to be cut out of the car also. Weird huh? You and I have very similar stories. that started me on the drugs pretty hardcore. I was downing bottles of vicodin, norco- whatever I could get my hands on. I took them before but this made things pretty clear, I was an addict. On both sides of the family drugs are abused so I know that it is in the genes; however, I thought that I was in the clear. Looking back I abused everything and never knew it. I needed like 4 coffees or a few cigarettes just to get the buzz. It was the same with the pills, I could never just have one. I guess you have my whole story lol.
Here is the good news, kick back and take your shoes off and get comfortable because you are in the right place here with us!! We all have horror stories from the past but we have a bright and hopeful future when we LEARN to let go of the past. Just start taking babysteps in the right direction. You are going to be fine!
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