Author Topic: Clonazepam tapering help needed!  (Read 486 times)

[Buddie]

Clonazepam tapering help needed!
« on: January 27, 2023, 12:48:48 am »
Iíve been feeling like Iím in tolerance and Iím not going up, so the only way is down. I have not started tapering K since I switched a few months ago, see signature. I have 1 mg tablets. I really donít want to make more than a 10% reduction. I donít have a scale but I suppose I can order one in it will be necessary for this. Iím also open to trying liquid titration with some serious math help! Actually Iím going to need some serious math help with any type of taper. Last time I was tapering I was just breaking a pill in half and making way too big cuts.
Anyone who can help me with this? I greatly appreciate any help or suggestions!
« Last Edit: January 27, 2023, 02:33:51 am by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: Clonazepam tapering help needed!
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2023, 02:00:14 pm »
First and foremost, thank you for including your signature! What is your current daily dosing schedule for the clonazepam?  That is, how many milligrams of clonazepam do you take at what times?

Given that your starting dose is relatively high, you may be able to use the ĎDirect Simple Taperí method ó more commonly known as  pill-splitting ó at the beginning of your taper.

Would your prescriber be willing to prescribe a combination of lower strength solid dosage forms to support this?  If you are in the US, clonazepam is available in 0.5mg scored tablets as well as 0.125mg and 0.25mg Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODTs).
« Last Edit: January 27, 2023, 10:51:26 pm by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: Clonazepam tapering help needed!
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2023, 04:00:37 am »
First and foremost, thank you for including your signature! What is your current daily dosing schedule for the clonazepam?  That is, how many milligrams of clonazepam do you take at what times?

Given that your starting dose is relatively high, you may be able to use the ĎDirect Simple Taperí method ó more commonly known as  pill-splitting ó at the beginning of your taper.

Would your prescriber be willing to prescribe a combination of lower strength solid dosage forms to support this?  If you are in the US, clonazepam is available in 0.5mg scored tablets as well as 0.125mg and 0.25mg Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODTs).

Yes I can get the 0.5 tablets and possibly liquid. I just canít get a smaller size until a month as I just filled my prescription. Iím kind of thinking about just eyeballing it and taking teeny shavings off one of my doses for a few days. I know thatís probably not the best idea, though. How do I cut a tablet with no score line and would I be cutting it into 4 pieces or going for more? I just want to at least get started with this taper even if itís very small for now. Iím stuck in tolerance and itís really crappy.  :-[
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[Buddie]

Re: Clonazepam tapering help needed!
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2023, 09:54:21 pm »
Thatís excellent news that you can get lower strength tablets and possibly a compounded liquid.

Depending on your daily dosing schedule, using a combination of regular tablets and a compounded liquid might be an option for you to consider. 

Youíve indicated your total daily dose is 3mg.  What is your dosing schedule?  Do you take 1mg three times a day?  Other?

Re: how to cut pills with no score line Ö

The only experience I have with pill-splitting is using a scored tablet and an EqualSplit Pill Splitter.  So letís hope other members who have more experience will provide input. 
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