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Old 01-19-2019, 08:33 AM   #1
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Had my appointment to talk about tapering off clonazepam with my pdoc on Thurs. He's agreed to use the Ashton protocol which hugely relieves me. He's also not pushing for a fast taper, he's saying a minimum of 6 months. And he wants to see me every 2 months, to monitor how I'm doing, which is fantastic.


I've started the taper. I've dropped my dose by .25 mg from 3.5 mg. I'm having some minor side effects but nothing huge. I'm staying at 3.25 for 2 weeks, then I'll go down to 3 mg for a couple of weeks, and then start the Ashton cross taper and reduction.


I'm going to use this thread to keep track of how I'm doing.


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Old 01-23-2019, 10:09 AM   #2
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I'm not especially familiar with that protocol for decreasing benzos, but it wouldn't be likely that I'd know because I've never taken benzos that often in my history. I do hope you experience success doing that! I've heard that benzos are maybe one of those drugs you don't want to depend on too much. Obviously if there's a medical need for it, sure, take it. But definitely be sure to check in here with your progress. Do you have some reasons listed out why you're going off of benzos? Maybe you could list some things just so if it gets tougher at any point to stick to the plan, you would have some motivation. Obviously I'm not recommending an all-or-nothing approach, in which you'd just plow through withdrawal symptoms no matter what. But it might be helpful to assess every couple weeks or so. It sounds like you're doing a lot to help yourself out during this process, such as meeting with the pdoc often, etc. Also, great idea in starting a thread about it.
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I must have been spaced out, when I wrote he wants to see me every 2 months, I meant every 2 weeks.


I had a really bad day on day 3 of the taper, headache, earache and feeling like my ears were blocked and nausea. All I managed to do was lie in bed and listen to music.


Days 4 &5 were better, mainly some dizziness.



but after that I felt fine.



I'm holding at 3.25 for another week.


Fortunately I'm not having any problems with sleep.
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That's good that you are feeling better. Take it as slow as you need to.
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I'm having some nausea last night and today. I woke up twice last night, needing to throw up. And I feel horrible today.


I'm holding at 3.25 for another week. I hope the nausea doesn't continue. If it does, I may tell my pdoc that I want to stay at 3.25 for another week.


Guiness - I'm definitely taking it slow.
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I did a really, slow taper and don't remember many withdrawal issues. I was on it for years, and I think I took about a year to get off of it. I now just take Xanax PRN!

I'm with you, splitimage.
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The is another site called Benzo Buddies which has some good advice for tapering. Do it very slowly. Our bodies are so used this this medication it doesn't like it when we take it away.

I have managed to get down from 10mg per day (Years ago) and am now on 1.5 per day. I think this is where I will stay for the moment. I am pleased that you will be checking on each fortnight. You do need that support.
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I went off clonazepam 3 months ago. I was taking 1mg/day for 25 years. My body was in shock a lot off the time. it took me three months to get off. I'am glad I did because now I feel in touch with the world. Take your time and listen to your body. Good luck.
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Travellinglady - yes, slow is the way to go. It's going to take me 6-8 months or longer according to my Drs.


possum, I've joined BenzoBuddies, they're a great source of info and support.


blackcalf. Glad you successfully got off. Being in shock is a good way to describe it.


I'm still having some problems with nausea, and a headache.



But at least I'm not having any sleep problems.
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