Author Topic: Micro Tapering/Daily Tapering off of Klonopin – Success Story -  (Read 33742 times)

[Buddie]

I have not come to this forum on a regular basis. Due to the many opinions of taper methods I stayed away. At first I sifted through the many opinions. I did join Jana's group in July/Aug 2013  to start micro tapering. But I rather like the term “Daily Tapering”.

The taper was the right choice for me. I left the group midway and just took care of myself for the rest of the taper which was considerably many months.  I found certain things not true on my own and other things very helpful.

I started tapering the last day in July 2013 by December 2013 I was noticing lots of improvements however I did go through two frozen shoulders, one at a time and that was painful.

I had all the symptoms most people list so I am not going to list every single symptom.

If I can look back most my psychological symptoms faded away in December 2013. I now consider that a phase one. Phase two was the pain phase, nerve pain, arm pain muscle pain and all that started to fade by October 2014 in fact I had hardly any symptoms so end of phase two and onto phase three which was the healing phase. I lost all my symptoms except for fatigue and started to improve dramatically after October 2014. I was tapering but the only thing that reminded me was taking the actual doses and being fatigued, other than that I felt pretty normal, I still had dry hair and skin though.

My taper took 15 months for .50mg Klonopin.

Did I heal before my last drop of a dose because of the taper?

Or was it because of the time it took?

Would I have healed in the total time of 15 months if I tapered faster? I will never know.

Am I totally healed now? I would say yes to all the withdrawal symptoms however I feel that I am returning slowly to homeostasis.

I am happy that I did it this way because I wanted the safest taper possible I could find and even though this was incredibly slow it delivered what I wanted. I was tapering and able to regain a lot of my life and function while tapering. If I had to go back and do it over again I would do exactly how I did it.

I was on Klonopin for over 20 years and in my opinion this was the best plan for my situation.

The first time I tapered I tapered 5 percent every two weeks and I got down to .25mg a day. I held for eight months due to my best fried passing away.  Then one morning about 3:00am I woke up in a bolt of blind terror. I had no idea I was in acute tolerance withdrawal. After about a week of that I went to the ER, I had no idea it was the klonopin because I was still taking .25mg a day.

The ER Doctor gave me .50mg of Klonopin and when I got relief of my symptoms I realized that what I experienced was klonopin withdrawal. The ER Doctor did not tell me I was in withdrawal all he said was to throw out the rest of my klonopin and he wrote a prescription for seven days of Xanax. I tore up that prescription and called my prescribing doctor who then told me it was break through anxiety and just upped my klonopin to .50mgs 3 x a day.  I knew it was withdrawal and I only took .50mg twice a day for two days when it hit me that this will just happen again in the future. I went back to .50mg a day and started to look for taper types and learned about daily tapering. I took my .50mg dose and put it in whole milk and divided it up to take three times a day, I did this for a month because  that helped me to be stable.

I started out tapering at .0005mg a day August 2013 then doubled that to .001mg in November 2013 and decided to stay there for as long as I could.

I did not have to slow down towards the end, in fact towards the end I felt really normal. All I had towards the end was fatigue.

I keep seeing posts of people saying that slow tapers have to face acute after their tapers and this did not happen to me at all! So it is not true everyone faces acute even if they do a very slow taper. How slow do you think tapering slow is?

This taper might not be for everyone but it was the best one for me. I don't have fear of acute anymore, I have [...] from withdrawal and doctors. All my phobias disappeared.  even my phobias I had before withdrawal and before I ever took a benzo.

My hair is starting to thicken and the dry part is softening up some.

My shoulders are still sore from the frozen shoulders episodes, I hope with exercise my muscle will return. I have already been exercising while tapering and have upped my exercise now and I am building up my muscle mass.  Exercise energizes me now, instead of wearing me out. My skin is making me happy now, no more dry skin (I was so sick of the dry skin) .

I do not have any withdrawal anxiety whatsoever.
I do not have any depression whatsoever.
I sleep like a rock now and wake up feeling good and do not have that tired and wired feeling.
I have had coffee and sometimes I feel jittery and sometimes I feel fine,  so I don't know what that means.

I will not drink now, maybe will try in a year.

I never doubted that the taper would not work, but it took such a hell of a long time that I felt it would never end. But it does end and we do heal, maybe not when we wish but it does and when it does it is wonderful and worth it.

I do think it took me such a long time and that was a bummer, however I was able to function like anyone else and that was the plan, I had no idea it would take 15 months. But in my mind I had to pick from fast and non functional or slow taper and fully functional.

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[Buddie]

Re: Micro Tapering/Daily Tapering off of Klonopin – Success Story -
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2015, 09:51:23 pm »
Congratulations Kay, and thanks for your story. In my experience on this board, most folks who went extra slow had a relatively easier time. I did the last .5mg of K over about 6 months and really speed up at the end. (Stubborn and impatient). I think if I had it to do again I would have tapered the whole 1 mg over 2 years. That's just my opinion based on how I felt and what I've read of others stories. I think your story will benefit someone.  :smitten:
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Re: Micro Tapering/Daily Tapering off of Klonopin – Success Story -
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2015, 12:03:23 am »
Hey Kay,

Thanks for coming and sharing your success story and how you got here.

I plan on helping people get off these drugs when I am finally healed...I had no knowledge of Benzo's when I came off..hence I am 31 months next month..and still not functional....so you did it the right way. I only wish my doctors....even one of them had known about benzo WD.

Congratulations on your success and I hope you pass the word along to as many people as you possibly can that these drugs are very dangerous.

Love and healing,
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Re: Micro Tapering/Daily Tapering off of Klonopin – Success Story -
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2015, 12:25:55 am »
Kay, Congratulations! I needed a post like this of yours! Functional all the way to zero! I am so happy for you!  What a wonderful success!
Thank you so much for sharing it  :smitten:
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 01:36:20 am »
Thanks so much Kay - I am also going very slow and hoping that by doing this I won't get slammed after I am off of benzos.  Your post gives me hope that this will work for me. Thank you again for sharing and so glad you are feeling fine. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2015, 12:47:35 pm »
[...], congratulations! It's so interesting to read about what worked for you. I'm glad you did so well with your taper and I wish you all the best. It's an amazing feat to get off medication that you've been on for so long. You must be thrilled!

One thought on which method to use: For those of us who have struggled with dizziness as a major symptom, it's hard to know whether a micro (or "daily") taper would be better or worse. Because benzodiazepines are "vestibular suppressants", ie. they suppress the function of the very system we need to be able to stand up and walk without falling down, it's questionable whether a slow taper would allow the system to normalize faster. I wanted to get the drug out of my body more quickly so that my vestibular system could start to heal. I wish I'd gone a bit faster, actually.

I hope that one day there is solid research to help us understand such things so that there's less of this guessing game.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2015, 04:50:32 pm »
That is all awesome news. I am so happy for you. You story is inspirational!
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2015, 12:17:34 am »
This is a great story and I hope all the people who are taking a slow taper will have your same experience.  As you say, nobody can ever know how their own story would have been different if they'd taken a different route, so we really need the documentation of the stories like yours for people to see what's possible and figure out how they want to proceed.  Thanks so much for taking the time to detail your story. :thumbsup: :smitten:
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Re: Micro Tapering/Daily Tapering off of Klonopin – Success Story -
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2015, 03:17:07 am »
I just started a slow taper and have fully excepted that it might take up to 18 months. I agree with you. I choose slow and functional. So far things have been pretty uneventful with my taper. Things just keep getting clearer and clearer, and have a lot more energy. Ready for my next cut. I think slow tapering, for some, can be agonizing because they are already in tolerance w/d. I was lucky, and didn't hit tolerance. Thank-you for sharing. I found your post to be very inspirational and wish you continued success and healing.  :smitten: :thumbsup: 8)
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Re: Micro Tapering/Daily Tapering off of Klonopin – Success Story -
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2015, 10:06:31 pm »
Congratulations Kay!  Your story really inspired me that even though we can be c/t or rapid tapered , reinstating and going through the taper process again doesn't mean that we will suffer horrendous acute w/d. You have given me much needed hope .

I wish you well  :)
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