Klonopin withdrawl--is THIS possible?

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   Posted 10/26/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm just wondering.
My primary MD prescribed me take .5 mg of Klonopin (as needed)---I usually take it once/twice per week, sometimes less.  Lately, I have been taking 1-2x/week---b/c I am in a lot of pain, which---in turn---makes me really anxious!
So, my question is:  can taking this "little" a dose of Klonopin----1-2x/week MAX make me go through withdrawl?  I keep telling myself it can't be, but maybe it is?
Any input---thanks!

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   Posted 10/26/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   

IMHO, 1-2 times per week at that dose, no I do not feel you would experience withdrawl but I am not a professional so if you are concerned you might give you physician a call.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say probably not. Almost certainly not, in fact. You didn't say how long you'd been taking the Klonopin...maybe if you have been doing this for years you'd experience some mild withdrawal phenomena, but I doubt it. Best bet is to talk to a doctor, like Kitt said. Preferably a psychiatrist rather than a PCP. Failing that, call up a bunch of pharmacists and see what they say.
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   Posted 10/26/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Laurel

One or two times a week is really a small amount, but there is (IMO, of course) a possibility that you are just sorta confusing the receptors, if that makes sense? It's like once its really out of your system, you take a little more... than a week passes or a few days, the drug because of it long half life is almost out of you system, and you take it again. Now, I personally think if you were to have any withdrawal, it would be very minimal -- Something along the lines of a slight headache for an afternoon, or something. Again, i'm not qualified to say, but i think its an interesting question you raise.

There is a chance (as well, or a different theory) that your tolerance for the medication is becoming higher, and at such a small dose its not covering your anxiety. So what you might be experiencing is just your anxiety because the .5 Klonopin 1 or 2 a week isnt helping anymore? I dunno, but I hope you're doing ok...

Like the others, talk to your doc and keep us posted.

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   Posted 10/29/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks all! I will contact my doctor and my pharmacy!

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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
What kind of side symptoms are you  experiencing? cause me too I am on as needed 0.5 mg klonopin.....2 to 3 times a week...for 3 years ...and so far doing good...sometimes I would feel some mild nausea or headache...if I wait more than 4 days to take a pill.....I donno if it is withdrawals...or anxiety...or all in my head.....who knows.....
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