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I took Klonopin for 6 months and was tapered off and then

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I took Klonopin for 6 months and was tapered off and then cold turkeyed off... I have extreme symptoms from all of this......................They are so weird ....... I have an anti gravity feeling............... balance issues.................. my body/torso sway back and forth... and the worst is painful head contractions that started in the back of my head spread to my forehead, teeth, lips.. and abs. and sometimes chest..................... I did not tolerate Klonopin or any medicines... I have heard this is withdrawal from Klonopin.....I am scared.. It has been 100 days already//// and still not better............. only slightly....... some people on forums who experienced drug issues from benzos say it can take months or years and sometimes be permanent.............. do you have any idea....
annette kurlemann
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


You need to see an MD with training in functional medicine.

These doctors address neurotransmitter dysfunciton, detoxification dysfunciton, hormonal dysfunction, etc. all of which can contribute to this problem.

You are correct to stay away from such medications.

Cognitive function can be long term, but that is generally if you do not have appropriate intervention, which few doctors even now about.

Find the list of doctors here

Your doctor should also rule out other problems

thyroid problems

neurological problems

psychiatric problems


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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this question

I recommend using hydroxyzine for withdrawal

has this been offered?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

still need help?