Benzos, one large doze or break it up?

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Aussieangel
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   Posted 6/11/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on clonazepam and take 1.5mg at night I mentioned to my pdoc that I wanted to withdraw in a certain way but he's just going to take a bit off me every 6 weeks. Anyway the main question is I only take it at 8pm everynight as it has a long half life, yet I can feel the difference in myself if I'm anxious within 45minutes I start to calm down.
 
I'd like to swap my clonazepam to mid morning, mid afternoon and the last at 8pm as I find as the day goes on I get more anxious. I'd be on the same amount just boken into 3 x 5mgs. It would fit in better with the withdrawal I want to do as well but my pdoc keeps saying I don't need to do it that way. Doesn't the fact I feel it at night and it calms me down prove that it's not giving me equal coverage over that 24hr period?

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   Posted 6/11/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

some think that a dose lasts 24 hours but I dont, I agree with your ideas

also I think that if taken every night before bed it may interfere with your ability to fall asleep naturally

these benzo meds are best if taken as needed only, IMO.


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   Posted 6/11/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Ausssie,

Hi, I am well into withdrawing from Ativan but I did a gradual switch over to Valium which is the better drug to use for withdrawal. It is a long-acting, slowly metabolised benzodiazepine.  It  is one of the most slowly eliminated benzodiazepines. It has a half-life of up to 200 hours, which means that the blood level for each dose falls by only half in about 8.3 days.

I am having  success using the Valium slow withdrawal method. I was on Ativan 4mg at bedtime.........= 40mg of Valium.

I copied the article in this link and off to my Pdoc I went, left the info with her so she could research it and she agreed to the methods on this site.

It may not be to your liking but I thought I would share it with you.

This is just for your infomation only. I am down to 11 mg of Valium a day. I now take 1mg in am and 10 mg at bedtime. Next week I drop the morning dose.

http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/bzcha02.htm#13

Keep posting.


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Aussieangel
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   Posted 6/11/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Thankyou both for replying.

I've got that article too Kitt, and I forgot to take it to my last pdoc appointment. That's the way I'd like to handle my withdrawal, atm they just down me and offer nothing to back it up. I saw my case worker today as well and was trying to tell her about what I wanted but I got told I should listen to my pdoc and that all pdocs have different ideas on how to do things.(I wish they'd remember all patients were all different as well)

I feel so crappy after I saw the case worker, I think she does me more harm then good. I think I'm going to pop a valium soon and tonight go to .5mg of clonazepam and then tommorrow take it over 3 lots and start working towards the program. I'll go see my GP and get the scripts I need as I know she'll listen at least. I just made an appoinment for later today to see my GP so I hope she'll agree as I'd feel better having a doctor following it through.

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   Posted 6/12/2007 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree as well and I am GLAD you are getting a doc or your doc to go along with you on this journey sweetie

Be well and I hope it all works out for you

Let us know k

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Aussieangel
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   Posted 6/12/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks lyn,

I saw my GP last night and told her what was happening and how I wanted to do a slow wean as per the schedule set out by the Uni of Newcastle. She was fine with it so today I've started on .5mg x 3 times a day for a week rather then nightly and next week I'll do my first reduction and swap to valium.

I'm a little scared but I'll do my best at doing this.


stkitt
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   Posted 6/12/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Aussie,

Good for you, and the Valium works like a charm, so don't be scared. You are talking to a lady who has been on a benzo for 25 years................so now it is oging away and I am not having panic attacks and I am serving on jury duty.

I am getting up everyday and no freaking out due to anxiety.

Believe in you as I do.


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Aussieangel
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   Posted 6/12/2007 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt, I've already stuffed today. I cut my morning dose in half thinking they were 1mg instead they were actually 2mg so I took 1mg instead of .5mg. I'm just going to take nothing at lunch time and wait till later today to take what should be my 3rd .5mgs. I've also removed the 2mg bottle from my cupboard so I don't get confused as well.
 
Congrats on how well you're doing, I've been on the clonazepam for about 8 or 9 months now and I really want off. I think if they'd gotten my anti d dose right and offered valium as prn it would have saved me months of hell.
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