Author Topic: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering  (Read 493 times)

[Buddie]

Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« on: May 31, 2022, 04:28:20 pm »
So I have been on Clonazepam .5mg for 17 years. I was not informed of the dangers with this drug and at the the time didn't care because it took away the anxiety and calmed me down.
I have been decreasing my dose for the past 6 to 8 months. Previously I would take .5mg per day and sometimes I would take .25mg or even .125mg per day... depending on how I felt.
I have come down to .125mg per day and stayed there for a couple weeks. My doctor said to take it even other day and that sent me into shaking, burning skin, rumination, thoughts of the future, eye sight issue focusing, etc.
I have had these feeling before and I have managed them.
I am wondering if these feelings get worse and worse with the tapering?
I can deal with the anxiety I have right now and the sensations, but do they get debilitating?
Right now I am in a bad spot in my life ( loss of job - not my fault restructuring with the company, having to move, starting a new job and all that comes with a major life change). My psychiatrist said that continuing the taper would probably not be a good idea with all the stressors happening all at once.
when I start to taper again ( keeping on .125mg/day for now) should I be expecting worse skin burning, insomnia, anxiousness. or with a very slow taper....say 5%/month... would that be a good idea to keep the sensations and anxiety to tolerable levels?

Maybe I am grasping at straws here trying to convince myself that It will not be worse than I have already experienced.

My doctor put me on Remeron 15mg, but couldn't handle the side effects, so I went down to 7.5mg for a week, then will up to 8.75mg for another week, then up to 15mg. The grogginess and not being able to concentrate was not good and I am not sure if its the Conazepam withdrawal or the Remeron being introduced to my system.

Any help or feedback would be appreciated
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2022, 04:39:20 pm »
Adding in new medications can be tough on us, our central nervous system is so sensitive during this process we sometimes react negatively to both new medications and supplements.  I know our doctors want to help us through but sometimes its a better not to dump more drugs on our brain.

I agree with your doctor about holding your taper, stress makes our symptoms much worse so I'd continue to take the .125 a day until things settle down.  Your reaction to dosing every other day is why we tell members its best to take the drug every day to keep blood serum levels on an even keel.  Taking it every other day can create a whip lash effect of symptoms which appears to have happened to you.

I'm not going to lie, getting off of these drugs is painful, even doing a very slow taper can be but by going slow many members are able to function enough to maintain the life they've built.

Fear is a huge withdrawal symptom so I'm not surprised you're asking these questions and worrying about the future but when you're ready you can do this.  If I and thousands of other members have been able to, so can you.  :thumbsup:

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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2022, 06:28:53 pm »
You seem to have a lot going for you, [...], as you were able to get to .125 mg seemingly without much trouble. I've had wd symptoms all the way down from my dose of .875 mg last fall. I'm just now at .343 mg and really struggling, so you've done well. I imagine a slow taper would work well for you and may not be so bad.
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2022, 07:24:08 pm »
I have been on .125mg for about a week now, but i am not sure if I went too quick. My skin is burning and I am having tension, moments of derealization. Was it all too much and should I go back up to get rid of these sensations and feelings?
Like I said before a lot is happening at once and I don't want to make a bad impression at my new job, can't seem like I am a bag of marbles to them.
Could use some advice. I am hoping that these sensations will go away and I will stabilize soon.

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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2022, 02:18:38 pm »
They may and they may not. I would wait for some others' advice. A very small updose might be required if you can't get stable on this dose, but it's much better to hold and try to maintain your current dose unless you cannot. You have moved quickly, but some people are able to do that.
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2022, 02:42:41 pm »
I agree with [...], you may need to updose.  It seems like once we enter withdrawal it takes a lot of pull us out, many members have had to go up in dose to find stability again but some never do.  We'd much rather see you hold but if you need to function for your job it may be that you'll need to increase.
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2022, 06:19:57 pm »
I am holding for now. The physical symptoms are stabilizing ( Burning skin less and mood is a bit better).
My mood may be because I am taking 11.275mg Mirtazapine.
I have also had Tinnitus for years and years, so that is not new and could be because of Clonazepam, but the volume was turned way up on it the past week, but seems to be coming down a little.
There are good days and bad, but I will hold here at .125mg for now until life sorts itself out and once I get into a groove again I will start to taper really slowly again. Probably going to do 5% to 7% taper per month and see how it goes. I have been on this crap for this long whats another year in the grand scheme of things.
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2022, 08:38:06 pm »
I'm very glad to hear you're stabilizing a bit, I think your plan is a good one, timing is so important.   :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2022, 03:37:13 pm »
I need some help. I am having burning skin, shaking, feeling cold and my cognitive recall is not good. I am not sure if its the Benzo tapering or trying to get stabilized on .125mg or the stress of job loos/moving/new job and all that entails.
I am not sure what to do. I am doubting that I will ever get myself back. My short term memory loss is concerning and I can't think straight. I forget what I was doing or what I was thinking about.
I am really on the ropes about this and I don't know if I should start this new job or take the time away from all the stress and keep tapering down and use the time off to recover.
HELP!
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[Buddie]

Re: Need some advice or insight into withdrawal and tapering
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2022, 07:53:32 pm »
I'm sorry you're struggling so badly right now. It could be a combination of stress and your cut causing this. If you're really not managing then you should probably consider an updose.

With your work situation I understand it's tough. I would hate to see you lose out on something that could give meaning and purpose to your life. It could also be a great distraction from withdrawal. I know when we go through this we have a lot of insecurities and we doubt our abilities. It must be daunting facing a new job with the brain fog and cognitive issues but I think you're underestimating yourself.

I think it would be worth giving it shot and having a go. Maybe you'll enjoy the new environment, make amazing new friends and love your new job. I'd hate to see you lose out on something potentially good because of benzo fear. It might not be easy now but if you push through you could have wonderful opportunities.

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