It took me 28 months to recover from taking benzos a few months and I was really sick - could not work
Klonopin has completely screwed me up. I've tapered down from 6mg to 2mg, but I'm sick ALL the time and very weak. Trying to figure out the same answers.....are this effects long term, withdraw or just still my panic and anxiety? Hoping some more members chime in.
28 months??? I'm so sorry to hear that. So I'm not crazy then and this medication can cause a lot of problems and is very difficult to get off of.
I feel pretty bad as well and I was only taking 1mg daily. It's been several months since I've quit taking the meds and I feel weak physically and mentally.
Any tapering down should be done with the consultation of a doctor. Nobody should just decide on their own how much to lessen it by.
I'm curious though, why did each of you want to stop taking it? Did it stop working for you? Did you have to increase and increase in order to get the same benefit?
I take 1 mg at night to sleep...at one point I was breaking them in half without a problem. I have no intention at this point to ever go off of it. So I'm just curious as to each person's reason.
I agree a doctor should be consulted before tapering in most cases and you should never suddenly stop using Klonopin. I can't speak for the above, but this med has made me very ill. I have completely lost my appetite, I'm dizzy, tired and nauseous all the time. I was fine when it was .5 and 1mg, so maybe that is the difference. I was put on it almost a yr. ago after suffering ptsd/panic attacks from a bad car accident I was in. I blame my doctor a lot for moving my dosage up so fast. I am now happy seeing a holistic doc for most of issues post accident. Could just depend on the individual, I'm not a doctor. After reading the horror stories of long term use of this drug and speaking with friends who are having trouble just recovering from 1mg....it was enough for me to say I need off.
Take care :)
How long were you on the 1mg.?
My brother was on 2mg a day for four months. He tapered down and the only withdrawl symptom he had was a week of some insomnia. I am currently take .5 mg a day. Hoping not to have any problems when I do stop taking it.
I was on it for close to 2 years.