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[Buddie]

Slow Klonapin taper advice
« on: April 14, 2022, 06:57:27 pm »
Hello,
I am attempting to taper off of klonapin. My most recent decrease was from .25 in the day and .25 at night to .125 during the day and .25 at night. This was too much for me initially I had some mild anxiety that was completely manageable but then at day 6 started having insomnia and lost about two nights of sleep. Needless to say I feel that I need to up my dose again to either .25 for the day time dose or .1825. I see that recommmendations are for 5-10% decreases every couple weeks but donít know I could possible cut the .5mg pill in that small of increments. Would love any advice you all have. I will be consulting with my physiatrist as well but I do know from reading others experiences that drs tend to try to wean us much quicker that tolerated by many. Thank you
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2022, 09:15:35 pm »
Hi [...], me again.  ;)

Just need a bit more information, will your doctor support a slow taper schedule, in other words will he supply you with enough to accomplish it?  Also, have you experienced any other symptoms besides the anxiety and insomnia?  It would also be good to put your medication information into your signature, and please include the fact that you went on for post partum.  This helps members help you because they can see at a glance what has been happening.  Here are the instructions but if you have problems you can put the information here and a team member can take care of it for you. Add your history/signature 

I'm going to give you a couple of links with some information but don't get overwhelmed because then I'll most likely ask another member to help you since I don't have taper experience but I'm really good at asking a lot of questions.  :laugh:

Titration FAQ's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whpciMUXHfY&list=PLq27kC29XVsNRJ38NeslvT14h2j0UQjEf&index=2&t=9s

Bob7 Benzo Dry Taper Method   



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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2022, 10:10:41 pm »
Hi [...],
Okay I updated my signature. Thanks! My doctor has been pretty supportive so far in supporting me through a slower taper. I am waiting to hear back from her but sheís off for a long weeekend so likely wonít hear back from her until next week but I am hopeful that she will be supportive in slowing further based on my experience with her so far. And yes I have had other symptoms other than anxiety and insomnia like shakiness, I find myself clenching my jaw a lot, and overall restlessness. Also increased heart rate.
I reached out to a local compounding pharmacy and sounds like they have small doses of klonapin in a liquid suspension so if my doctor is on board thatís what I would hope to be able to do.

Thank you for all of your help!
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2022, 10:41:08 pm »
Your signature looks great, thank you.  I think compounding your Klonopin sounds like an excellent idea, many of our members will dilute it so they can make even smaller reductions so if you decide to go that route, let us help you figure that part out, okay? 

Also, do you plan to go back up in dose a bit before your doctor gets back to hopefully relieve your insomnia?
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2022, 11:04:37 pm »
If you can get your klonopin in liquid format it will probably be the most convenient way to taper in my experience.
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2022, 11:18:39 pm »
[...]:
Okay that sounds good. Really hoping she is onboard for this! And thank you for offering all this support itís so relieving to know Iím not the onlyoone out there experiencing this. And yes Iím thinking in the mean time I should increase my dose Iím just not sure if I should got back to .25 for daytime dose (from .125) or if I should try to get to .1875 with some creating cutting of the pill.

[...]:
Thank you for your input. Have you experienced any withdrawal symptoms throughout your taper?
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2022, 12:55:10 am »
Tapering is a challenging process so it would probably be a good idea to educate yourself as much as you can about what to expect because the more we know, the less we fear and fear is a huge symptom for us.  You're likely to face many of the same symptoms you've dealt with so far but we hope that by tapering you can remain well enough to take care of your baby. 

As for what dose to go up to, we tell members to find a dose they're stable on but this doesn't mean feeling good, it means being able to take care of your daily tasks.  So when deciding what dose you want to take, you might want to consider our definition of stable and understand that feeling good is something you'll know when you're off the drug and recovered from your use.  And full disclosure, even after you're off the drug you'll most likely still experience symptoms until you recover. 
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2022, 01:17:41 am »
Yes I've had symptoms the whole time.  It's very seldom that people who end up here don't have symptoms at all. My symptoms have been manageable and I have been functional. It's certainly not easy but I'm coping and managing life and I definitely have it easier than a lot of people here.
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2022, 01:28:26 am »
Yes thank you for that. I do know I need to prepare to continue to have symptoms. I just would like them to be more tolerable if possible and I donít expect to get 8 hours of sleep but Iíd love if I could continue getting 4-5 hours. I donít know if thatís a realistic expectation or not but my goal is to remain as functional as possible while getting off of this.  Its hard when withdrawal symptoms are the same as the symptoms that printers  starting the medication.. is it even possible to discern whether itís due to the withdrawal or that thatís your baseline anxiety symptoms  your experiencing? All of this came on so sudden for me I went from sleeping one night  to not sleeping (even when baby was sleeping)  and having severe anxiety the next. It felt like such an acute experience that I have no idea what my baseline is at this point.

I did just speak to my doctor and she is open to having the klonapin compounded and allowing me to taper by 5-10% every 2 weeks or so. So that is great news. The klonapin comes in 0.05mg doses per 1ml. Is it best to start with a 5% reduction? And do you always wait the full two weeks or if your feeling ďstableĒ after one week is it okay  to decrease sooner? I understand this is a slow process and these are powerful medications but  I guess since Iíve been on the klonapin now for about two months (began tapering from 1.25mg at 4 weeks in) it seems wild to have to decrease it over such a long period of time she also recommended I go back to .25 BID for now to stabilize before I start tapering. How long do you recommend I hold on that does until starting to taper?
Thank you again
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[Buddie]

Re: Slow Klonapin taper advice
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2022, 12:56:38 pm »
Hi [...], I'm sorry I left you hanging, have you picked up the compounded prescription yet, I'd like to get another member in here to help answer a couple of your questions but wanted to make sure you still need answers.
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