Since my doctor adamantly refused to try the substitution method from Klonopin to Valium, I'm dry cutting my dosages in .25mg increments. He said that switching to Valium from Klonopin is very bad since Valium's half life is so long that dosages begin to "double up in your body" if you switch to the equivalent amount of Valium and take it every day following the schedule recommended by Professor Ashton. I printed and brought Dr. Ashton's recommended substitution schedule with me to my doctor appointment, but he wasn't impressed. He tried to discount the validity of the information from the manual I brought with me without even researching it. Very frustrating to put it mildly.
Each time I drop my Klonopin dose by .25mg I experience a spike in my blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia, and pressure in my temples and chest. This usually starts to get better within 5 days after each dosage drop. I have enough .5mg tablets now and plenty of 1mg tablets as well to complete the dry cut taper. My doctor said that "no patient can notice a decrease of .5mg of Klonopin and if they think they do it's in their own head". This irritated me very much since I know my body and definitely become symptomatic with just a .25 mg dosage drop. I initially thought about doing the liquid titration method until I was able to get some .5mg tablets from my doctor at my last (and hopefully final) office visit regarding this.
I've been taking Klonopin for 24 years. During that time my dosage was gradually increased to 4mg per day to control symptoms that were beginning to breakthrough (i.e. severe chest pains, panic attacks, anxiety, etc.)
After several months of taking 4mg I went down to 3mg per day which was working well until my doctor suddenly decided to require frequent office visits just to keep getting refills.
My question is has anyone had good success getting totally off of Konopin by dry cutting their dosage @ .25mg intervals after taking it a very long time and at high dosages as I have? I'm decreasing my dosage approximately every 3 to 5 weeks.
Thanks in advance everyone!