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How long does it take to develop a dependence on Klonopin?

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How long does it take to develop a dependence on Klonopin? In other words, is it safe to take 0.5 mg of Klonopin daily at night for two weeks without needing to taper down afterwards? If a taper is needed, what would an appropriate regimen be?

Dr. Kaushik :

Hi there,


Welcome to Just answer !


 

Customer:

Thank you

Dr. Kaushik :

Well, you can take klonopin at 0.5 mg continuously daily for 3 -4 weeks without any problem , this much is permissible clinically..

Dr. Kaushik :

But beyond it will be onyl as per the discretion of your doctor and may pose threat of dependence..

Dr. Kaushik :

But beyond this, it will be only as per the discretion of your doctor and may pose threat of dependence.

Customer:

Is there any data to support that 3-4 weeks of 0.5 mg per day will not cause a dependence that would require a taper?

Dr. Kaushik :

But when you plan to stop it , you got to taper it by reducing the dose by reducing first to 0.25 mg / day and continuing on it for 1 week and then stop the drug completely..


 

Dr. Kaushik :

well are you taking this for anxiety..

Customer:

No it would be taken for a sleep disorder

Dr. Kaushik :

ok..

Dr. Kaushik :

you see , if you want evidence you can read a standard textbook on anti anxiety agents / benzodiazepines called as Kaplan and saddock's comprhensive textbook of psychiatry..

Dr. Kaushik :

which is consered as the main book for psychiatry post graduates, one cannot look for a better book than this to find proof.. and you may doubly check this with your psychiatrist ..

Customer:

ok thank you

Dr. Kaushik :

And may i also add that dependence to a particular drug varies from person to person , in some people it may develop even at short duration while in others long duration may also not lead to dependence, but what i have mentioned is a well known permissible duraation that can be regarded as safe to prevent any kind of dependence, but if this still makes you doubtful then you can use this drug for even shorter duration say 2 weeks and try withdrawal then ..

Dr. Kaushik :

I hope this helps..


Wish you all the best..


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