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My friend is tapering off Klonopin for the last month. He

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My friend is tapering off Klonopin for the last month. He was prescribed.5mg for sleeping aid but due to work related issues that were causing him anxiety. He will sometimes take 1mg or 2mg per day. Now he is trying to taper off but he is academically impaired. He is unable to sleep. And has social fobia and panic attacks. He has lost a lot of weight and refuses to go get treatment. What do you suggest please help.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.
This website DOES NOT constitute treatment and only provides information and advice. For treatment (therapy and/or medications) you must go to a licensed professional in your area.
Hello, I am very sorry that your friend is having this difficulty with tapering off the Klonopin. He has to understand that these possible withdrawal symptoms he is feeling could be very serious as there are cases of fatalities when trying to taper off Klonopin too fast or abruptly. In addition, there are some new studies that show Pregablin can be used as a "stop-gap" to ease an individual in tapering off a benzodiazepine like Klonopin, so he has options for treatment and he does not have to go about this on his own. If he were to taper off the Klonopin on his own, which I do not recommend, the tapering process would be very slow and gradual by decreasing by .25mg every 2 weeks. Then on the last .25mg the tapering process would look like this:
.25mg/day of Klomopin for two weeks
.125mg/day of Klonnopin for two weeks
.125mg every other day for two weeks
Complete Discontinuation
Now if you are concerned about your friend's overall physical health, as you said he lost a significant amount of weight, than you need to call 911 and they will admit him for treatment immediately and help him to taper off the Klonopin responsibly.
Overall though, unless forced treatment is provided due to his health, he will have to voluntarily seek out treatment as there are many options to help him come off this medication with minimal withdrawal symptoms.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.
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