Hello I have been on 100mg of Bupropion ER and 0.25 mg of Clonazepam for over 4 years. I have tried 3 times before to stop the medications but felt awful side effects and and had to resume taking my meds. Two and a half weeks ago I decided to try again and I stopped all my medication. I know that these are low doses.
I have been feeling awful again and I feel as if my heart is running faster than normal which is affecting my personal and work-life. I have been very diligent pushing through the suffering and nausea.
Today I felt as if I needed help so I cut all the 0.25 mg of Clonazepam in half and took one 0.125mg today. I feel ashamed like I am a Quiter. In hindsight, I should have done a slower taper. Maybe stop the Bupropion first and then slowly reduce the Clonazepams down.
? What would have been the proper taper, recommendations.
? What foods or supplements can help with withdrawal symptom.
Example: VitC, Vitb, or Lysine?
Does anyone recommend any of these?
SAMe, St. John's Wort, 5-HTP, and Kava (for episodes of stress). At least 1,000 mg vitamin C 4 times a day and a B-100 complex. Exercise.
I am amazed at the strength of even a low dose can have. It is hard to free myself from the medicinal meat hooks.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I just read a few days ago a recommendation to withdraw Klonopin at no more than 10% a week; But, If I understand correctly, you were only taking .25 mg. once a day?
If you have tachycardia, then this is Dr. territory but my personal feeling is to return again to steady state serum level of both ( normal doses for a month ) and taper both rather than cold turkey them.
With the clonazepam, you could begin by taking 1/4th tab less each day for a week, then a half tab less for a week, then take 1/4th tab for a week and then stop.
To my knowledge, re, Buspar should be easier to come off of. I suspect it's the combination of the two ( synergistic effect, Eg. 1 + 1 = 3 ) you are withdrawing from.
I believe B complex is good; Esp, high dose B 12. Orally, it is poorly absorbed.
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