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I'm in the process of tapering off klonopin. I have been

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Hello Docs,
I'm in the process of tapering off klonopin. I have been taking klonopin for 7 months and have been at doses as low as 0.75mg and high as 1.5mg per day. Right now i'm at 1mg per night, and while it helps me sleep better, I get withdrawal symptoms about 12-14 hours after the nightly dose. I have tried twice a day dosing for the past two days, with a slight increase in overall daily dosage. I now take 0.5mg duirng the day and 0.75mg at night for a total of 1.25mg. I have realized that I my anxiety has been a result of binge drinking and lifestyle that I have changed for the better, that is why I have decided to come off this medicine. Would a switch over to a longer acting benzo help me? such as diazepam? Also, would the addition of an SSRI help the anxiety symptoms when tapering? thanks,

A longer acting Benzo like diazepam may help in short term for anxiety but in long term it is not likely to help. SSRI is a good bet for taking care of anxiety during the tapering. Though the optimum effect may take 6-12 weeks to show of SSRI.

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