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I am currently on .5 mg of Klonopin and have been for five

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I am currently on .5 mg of Klonopin and have been for five years when my husband was killed in sudden military UH-60 accident. I also take Pristiq 50 mg each day and I want to wean myself from the Klonopin. I am back in the gym, feeling better, do not think I am in need of it. How do I safely wean and what are the side effects and how long should it take.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Kaushik replied 5 years ago.

Hi there ,

 

Welcome to Just answer !

 

Kindly answer a few questions against their numbers and i shall tell you the correct manner to withdraw from klonopin.

 

1) What is your formal diagnosis , and how are your current symptoms, are they under control ?

 

2) Have you consulted your doctor about the withdrawl , or you are wanting to do it on your own , without his knowledge ?

 

Regards...

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

When my husband was killed I was left to raise 2 children alone and I was diagnosed with anxiety. I have always battled minor depression but always managed to keep it under control until his accident. I was put on Prozac and the Klonopine at that time. The anxiety is not an issue any longer - to be honest I have been using the K as a sleep aid. And the Pristiq will be weaned after I am stable from the K withdrawal.

I have consulted a Dr and just wanted a second opinion.

Expert:  Dr. Chris in Ohio replied 5 years ago.

Dear Deltadawn,

 

Sorry about your loss. As an AF Veteran and former pilot, I know the dangers of rotary aircraft.

 

1. Klonopin is very easy to withdraw from, especially at that low dose, but you still must taper it. It is easier to withdraw from because it is a long acting benzodiapene (versus short acting like Ativan). As a result, it sorta weans itself from your body.

 

I presume you are taking it 3 times a day or even as needed. What you should do is:

 

Week one: if you can, break the .5 mg tabs into halfs, and take .25mg for a week at your normal frequency (3 per day for example, or whatever you normal freq. is). On week 2, take one .25 mg every morning for the first 3 days, and then skip a day, and then take one final .25 mg . Then stop. You will be fine.

 

2. Regarding the Prestiq, cut those in half, and take 25 mg in the morning for a week. You can then stop and you will be fine. Some people actually stop Prestiq type drugs "cold turkey" and do fine. You can't do that with Klonopin, which needs to be tapered.

 

Good luck, and I would appreciate an "accept" and some positive feedback.

 

Dr. CJH

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