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Old 12-02-2017, 12:25 AM   #1
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Question Tips for getting off clonazepam?

So Iím currently on clonazepam (0.5 mg twice a day) and zoloft (150 mg) and have been since mid July. Before that I was on xanax for several months. Iím really wanting to get off the clonazepam, which my psychiatrist supports, but I was just curious about how other people dealt with weaning off and if anyone had tips on how to deal with anxiety in other ways once off? Iíve learned a lot of tools to help myself deal with anxiety and feel confident going off will be beneficial for me, but thereís still a little nagging voice in the back of my mind that once Iím off Iíll go back to how things used to be (daily panic attacks, not able to leave my house or speak to anyone, not sleeping, etc all which exacerbated my depression.) I feel ready, but this is a new situation, and like all new situations for me, I prefer going in not totally blind. So any advice, resources, tips, etc about getting off clonazepam would be greatly appreciated!

(I really hope this post isnít repetitive, I did search the forums for anything related to this, but didnít find anything. If I missed it pls let me know!)
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Old 12-04-2017, 05:35 PM   #2
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I'm sorry I can't really give you anything in the way of definitive advice on this. I took clonazepam for a short time when I was in the midst of a severe increase in the level of my tinnitus. I don't recall how long I was on it. But it wasn't a long time. I don't recall having any issues at all with going off of it. But I've also gone off various other psych med's in the past... sometimes with my doctor's support... sometimes not... I do seem to be a person who is able to go off of psych med's without experiencing any particularly difficult effects. I'm no longer on anything at all.

Anxiety is something I've struggled with... more so lately. The things that are helpful for me are keeping busy, maintaining a more-or-less daily yoga / exercise program, & taking our dog out on his daily walks. Also, when I listen to music, it's quiet & soothing. I don't watch the news on TV & I avoid watching violent TV programs, movies, etc. I also typically try to make sure I'm off of my laptop by 8 pm. I've read that the light from computers & smart phones tricks the brain into thinking it's daytime thus making it more difficult to get to sleep.

My personal opinion is we don't realize how much damage we in advertently do to ourselves when we expose ourselves to all of the noise & violence that constitutes what most of the media consists of nowadays. A while back I watched a series of programs on our local public television station titled "The Brain with David Eagleman". Eagleman is a neuroscientist. And in one of the programs in the series, Eagleman mentions that when we watch a violent scene on TV or in a movie, for example, while consciously we may understand it is fiction, non-conscious areas of our brains, to which we have no conscious access, react as if the violence were actually happening. To me, at least, the implications of that are clear. Anyway... these are my thoughts with regard to your post.
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I'm sorry I can't really give you anything in the way of definitive advice on this. I took clonazepam for a short time when I was in the midst of a severe increase in the level of my tinnitus. I don't recall how long I was on it. But it wasn't a long time. I don't recall having any issues at all with going off of it. But I've also gone off various other psych med's in the past... sometimes with my doctor's support... sometimes not... I do seem to be a person who is able to go off of psych med's without experiencing any particularly difficult effects. I'm no longer on anything at all.

Anxiety is something I've struggled with... more so lately. The things that are helpful for me are keeping busy, maintaining a more-or-less daily yoga / exercise program, & taking our dog out on his daily walks. Also, when I listen to music, it's quiet & soothing. I don't watch the news on TV & I avoid watching violent TV programs, movies, etc. I also typically try to make sure I'm off of my laptop by 8 pm. I've read that the light from computers & smart phones tricks the brain into thinking it's daytime thus making it more difficult to get to sleep.

My personal opinion is we don't realize how much damage we in advertently do to ourselves when we expose ourselves to all of the noise & violence that constitutes what most of the media consists of nowadays. A while back I watched a series of programs on our local public television station titled "The Brain with David Eagleman". Eagleman is a neuroscientist. And in one of the programs in the series, Eagleman mentions that when we watch a violent scene on TV or in a movie, for example, while consciously we may understand it is fiction, non-conscious areas of our brains, to which we have no conscious access, react as if the violence were actually happening. To me, at least, the implications of that are clear. Anyway... these are my thoughts with regard to your post.
Thank you for such a insightful reply! I think what you said about violence in media is very true, especially for people who are highly empathetic (like me!) I feel, for me at least, this also applies to other things in media besides violence. Itís not something Iíve really thought of, but I have noticed that I do get very emotional and have intense reactions to things in movies, shows, books, etc.

I also love the mention of having a routine. Something I valued back in high school, despite how overworked I was, was having a routine. Iím going to be working on getting a routine going, especially now that I got a job with regular hours.

I know you said you canít give definitive advice, but I feel like the insight in your reply was something I very much needed now at this point in my life and i appreciate it! truly, what you said (especially about violence in media! iím definitely going to look up David Eagleman and do a little research!) really resonated with.
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Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be deadly....you definitely need medical supervision weaning off clonazepam.

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I would think at such a low dose it would be easy to stop. I know at 2mg of xanax a day it was easy for me to stop in the past. If your afraid of panic attacks keep some and only use as needed. Sometimes just having a xanax in my pocket is enough to fend of a panic attack. Best of luck.
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glamslam, for your chronic pain, may I ask what you are taking? My husband has a long list of neck and back problems like yours, no one will give him the hydrocodone that was helping and not even tramadol. He hurts to bad. He is going to have both back surgery and neck surgery, but right now, he is barely making it through each day. Thanks.
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