Benzo- Klonopin Withdrawl

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badgenetics1
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I have cut back on my Klonopin (as per recommended withdrawl schedual) and am not feeling so good, a bit nauseous and dizzy and not sleeping so well, also headaches.  I do not want to/or have the ability to up the klonopin or withdrawal any slower.
 
Just asking for any tips or suggestions from others who have withdrawn.  I am doing ok just a bit sick feeling.  Please let me know what helped you and how it went.
 
Thanks!

quietpain
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   Posted 5/16/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   

When I was on xanax, 15mg. and klonopin, 8mg (st high doses), I was pretty sick.  I first went started with the xanax and then started going down on the klonopin.    I did it in a hospital program for truama and they realized how dangerous the doses were.  It took 8 years for me to try another benzo after how awful the withdrawal was.  I stayed on other meds, added some & took some away as well.

What you describe is perfectly normal.  You mmay also have very vivd dreams when you do sleep, which can be hard.  You may also feel physical aches and pain.  Vomiting is not uncommon.  It should last about 2 weeks.

Other symptoms: metallic taste, nervous feelings, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea & vomiting, tinglilling feelings, headache (you mentionsed that), increased perspiration, poor concentration, tired and sluggishness. 

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timmysang
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   Posted 5/16/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I just started going through the same process. Last week I started realizing that I was taking more xanax and the relief wasn't lasting as long and maybe I was hooked on them. I was taking 2 to 3 .5mg pills a day. I just tried cut back to 1 pill a day and in a short period of time I felt like I was more anxious and felt like I was going to have a panic attack. Started reading on it and found that I was probably addicted to them. Found out about rebound anxiety that is associated with benzo withdrawl. I called my doctor on tuesday and he has prescribed Klonopin to use instead of xanax. And then slowly come off of that. I haven't started yet. Plan to start taking the klonopin over the weekend. Thanks for letting me know what to expect as far as feeling sick.

badgenetics1
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Quitepain,

I have been having very vivid dreams and choppy sleep, like I am half asleep and half awake. I guess what worries me is that I am only REDUCING the dose, not off it completely. I have withdrawn without problems in the past and do not know why it is bothering me now.

Anyway, its good to know it goes away in time.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
There was a period when my doctor switched me completely from Xanax to Klonopin, I was a wreck... shortness of breath, fearful... and was so messed up I meant back to Xanax. Don't be afraid, just realize withdrawal from nearly any medication is going to effect the body.
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   Posted 5/16/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
If nausea is a big problem for you in the withdrawal, try asking your pharmacist or doctor if it might help (and be safe) to take an over the counter travel sickness drug, like Dramamine. I know that it is sometimes recommended for nausea in situations other than traveling, and it's even recommended for nausea from birth control and the morning after pill.
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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Bad genetics, eergh! I know what you are feeling right now, cutting back on klonopin can be really tough.  Be gentle with yourself and expect to have some of the symptoms that the others have mentioned (thanks guys).

I actually had to go into a treatment facility to come off a high xanax dosage and I literally didn't sleep for a week (but read many books).  Your stomach may become upset so the anti-nauseants are a good idea (phenergen etc) and soup is a good option.  I wish you all the best and please keep us posted or just come on if you need a good vent ((hugs))


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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Great input all
I wish you all the best in this and I too believe an anti nausea med may help you out with some of this
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badgenetics1
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   Posted 5/17/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks all,

I am doing OK, decided to take something else to help me sleep, a good nights sleep makes all the rest easier to deal with.

I just can not understand why I am having withdrawl at all!  I was only taking 1mg max per day and am cutting it back by a 1/4 (.5 mg) every 4 days.

Oh well, I will get through this once and for all.  My Dr. cut my prescriptioon way back because she says I should not have been on it this long, and I am doing much better with anxiety issues. It just sucks that something that is soooo effective causes such an uncomfortable withdrawal :( 

 

 

 


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   Posted 5/17/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning

I am so glad you are doing better but you are 100% right.  The Docs don't mention the withdrawal sx when starting you on meds.  I guess it is on a need to know basis..............lol.

Or perhaps they figure they will tell us when it is time to discontinue the meds.

Kudos to you for getting that good nights sleep. 

Hugs
Kitt

 


 
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percycat
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   Posted 5/19/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, badgenetics!

I was really surprised to get some rebound anxiety from taking just a small daily dose of ativan for less than two weeks and then cutting back. So I guess for some of us, different meds can cause more extreme symptoms than they do for other folks. I didn't feel physically sick the way you describe, but I get that when I've missed my Paxil, so I can identify with you there too.

I sure hope you're feeling better today. Please keep us posted and know that we care.

Hugs,
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badgenetics1
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   Posted 5/19/2008 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I guys,

I am feeling well, I decided to slow down the taper because I do not want to be sick. I actually had to leave work one day last week.

I called my Dr. to get a refill to get me through and they put me throught the 3rd degree!!! They just treated me like a junkie!! I do not think I need to explain to some receptionist how/why I am taking my medication.

I am doing so well and refuse to give that up! I will not make myself sick! I can and will taper off this stuff it might take me a little longer. I am so angry right now I feel like I am going to cry. I am taking 0.50 mgs of klonopin!!! I do not think that is a lot!!!

Thanks for letting me vent...

percycat
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   Posted 5/19/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!

That's a shame that your doctor's staff gave you a hard time. I hope you typically get more respectful treatment from him/her in person. (My doc's one receptionist is a ... well, a word I won't use here, and even the local pharmacists say so!) Try not to let the receptionist's negativity stick to you. You certainly deserve respectful treatment, and it is your doctor's place to discuss your treatment and medication with you, not his office staff's.

You have been describing a lot of success with weaning off your meds, so remind yourself of *your* successes, and let these other folks' failures slide right past you. And, of course, vent away if you want to!

Hugs,
percycat

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   Posted 5/19/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Bad gen, I'm sorry you had to go through that.  It's happened to me many times.  Remember that you are doing this from your own desire and that makes you strong and in control.  Do not take their silly, non-understanding values on.  You are doing an amazing thing and doing it so well.  Please keep us updated and know that we care very much.

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   Posted 5/19/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Good Evening,

I am sorry you had to be insulted and have been talked down to.  On behalf of the rude person I am sorry.  No one should be treated this way.  Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and diginity. 

I am so glad you decided to slow down the taper.....you are very wise. :)

Don't you give up........get mad and get it done.

Hugs to you
Kitt


 
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badgenetics1
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Again I think you all for your kind words and encouragement. It helps a lot. I finally spoke to my Dr.s assistant and she just called in a new Rx, she said she spoke with my Dr. and they understand that I am by NO means abusing my medication. (Umm...DUH!!!)

However...I still will speak to my Dr. about her staff, I should not even have to delve into what and how I am taking my medication with someone who answers phones.

It just so shocked me because I have never run into this problem before...

I hope you are all well!!
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