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Gcockboi
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Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
I'm currently on roughly 1.5 mg of klonopin a day. I say roughly because some days I'll only take 1 mg and other days 2 or 3 mg. I've heard it's a long process where you have to cut down by like .10 every month or something. Keep in mind that I'm trying to ween off slowly so I can limit the withdrawals.


rsbd
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
What are you taking if for??


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MiloDanglers
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
Process got the best of Jordan Peterson for about a year


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Spelt it rong
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
Not personally, but I've followed Jordan Petersons battle with benzos, and it's been hell on him. I wish you all the luck in the world. Keep fighting the good fight and you'll come out successful on the other end.


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redneck hippie
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
yes. cold turkey about 10 years ago.


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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
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I'm currently on roughly 1.5 mg of klonopin a day. I say roughly because some days I'll only take 1 mg and other days 2 or 3 mg. I've heard it's a long process where you have to cut down by like .10 every month or something. Keep in mind that I'm trying to ween off slowly so I can limit the withdrawal


You're taking 1.5 mg a day and still are concerned about withdrawals? I don't speak from benzo withdrawal experience but I didn't think that low of a dose would be much to kick. I have always heard that benzo withdrawal can kill you though so I can see why you're concerned, but I thought it would have to be one of these people that take 5-7 Xanbars a day.

Just start taking 1.5 for a week, then one for a week, then a half, then quit. It won't be very bad.


Nynna11
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
I work in behavioral health and we detox people over a 5-7 day period. It can be done at home with support and a protocol from your doctor, but is best done inpatient so your vital signs and symptoms can be monitored.
Stopping benzos or alcohol cold turkey can be fatal.


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tigerfaninsc
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
I was on Ativan for about 10 years. Took as needed. Last year, I was going through some stuff and was taking 3 a day. Doctor would not prescribe again after that. So basically, I was forced to go cold turkey. Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. 10 years is a long time to be on “short-term” medicine. Had to take a LOA from work because anxiety was so high, I couldn’t drive. Felt like I was going to die constantly. Wanted to die at some of those times. Around day 5, tries to check into a rehab facility....they wouldn’t admit me because they said I had gotten through the worst of it. Eventually, I was prescribed Paxil, Buspar, and Hydroxyzine. That combination has worked wonders. I don’t wish going through it to anyone.


redneck hippie
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
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I don't speak from benzo withdrawal experience but I didn't think that low of a dose would be much to kick


yeah, 1.5 mg is child's play compared to what I was doing. it gets a little weird at times, but it's very doable.


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td01241
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
A major specialty of my practice deals with this. I can give you a ton of info and answer anything you might need or want to know. Either on the board public or you email me for privacy. I will say you’re self escalating dose that’s a sure fire sign usually problems will be coming

Also any escalation over 4mg a day is the last straw or tipping point if you will. Any higher and no longer with you get much panic relief in diminishing returns. Eventually you’ll be taken 8-10mg a day and not remember week long periods. Klonopin is a very helpful medicine I use it often for the correct reasons but it is just as potent as Xanax with 3x the staying power
This post was edited on 7/9 at 9:15 am


ShoeBang
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
I took 2mg in a time release nightly for general anxiety disorder. I LOOOOVED it. So I stopped. I tapered off and did it successfully but even that came with some bad side effects


td01241
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
It’s a great medicine that helps a ton of conditions. All my fellow Med student classmates and people from residency universally swear off Xanax. There is not one single legitimate medical reason to EVER give someone Xanax. A lot of psychs and primary cares don’t realize or haven’t had the information disseminated properly yet that Klonopin carries the exact potency with a 18-50 hour half life.


td01241
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
Why Ativan if you don’t mine me asking? It was made for a very specific reason


td01241
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
And OP I’m actually off all week if you want to email me I can tell you a few tips to help ensure you stay at your current dose and don’t escalate, and would be willing to give you as much information as you want. Benzodiazepines are one my specific focuses in the type of psychiatry I practice


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DavidTheGnome
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
Yep I came off kpins, it was absolute hell though and I’ll never tough them again


Lawyered
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
Start quartering tablets..

Go from there


td01241
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
How high did you dose up to? And what length of time as your detox spread out for?


Rouge
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
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came off kpins, it was absolute hell though and I’ll never tough them again


quote:

DavidTheGnome


And it appears to have permanently ruin your brain


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td01241
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
Major issue with Klonopin. Only .5mgs are scored 1mg and 2mg isn’t so long term tapers require a compound pharmacy
This post was edited on 7/9 at 9:34 am


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Langland
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re: Has anyone in here successfully weened off benzodiazepines?
I weened myself off Flintstone vitamins at the age of 23. Twas difficult. Was popping 2 a day.


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