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10+ years of Klonopin, poop out, tapering?

Posted by joe schmoe on December 8, 2012, at 14:26:40

I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has taken clonazepam for a long time (years, over a decade in my case) and decided/tried to taper off it.

I don't feel like it's helping me anymore, and I don't want to go down the road of increasing the dosage. I generally take either 1.5 mg or 2 mg a day, depending on stress levels. But frankly it doesn't seem to be protecting me from those surreal panic moments when I make eye contact at work under anything but the most relaxed of circumstances. So why stay on it? I suspect it is contributing to my depression, and probably my memory problems as well (though that could also be middle age).

Anyway, just starting to explore the topic of tapering off klonopin and it seems like most people who do, haven't taken it very long (by my standards). Anybody here take it for 5 or 10 years and get off it? How long did it take? Did you use the diazepam/Valium/Ashton method, or just (somehow) trim clonazepam into tiny enough pieces for a smooth taper?

I want to see what life is like off this med now. I suspect it will resemble what life is like on it, but hopefully with more mental acuity and less depression.




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