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Clonazepam taper
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:57:58 AM »
Hi all! I started up Zoloft in late Sept and had really bad initial side-effects that I couldn't seem to control with Xanax, so my doc switched me to Klonapin (generic: Clonazepam) which I started taking right around the beginning of November. I started taking 0.5 mg three times daily. I did that for a week, then dropped to taking the 0.5 mg twice daily. Again, a week later, I went down to 0.25 mg three times daily, but I stayed there for two weeks. I just recently went down to 0.25 mg twice daily, which I intend to stay at for two weeks.

I'm curious as to where to go from there or when it's safe to stop. I have a pill cutter so I can cut my 0.5mg tablets into quarter doses and do 0.125 mg three times daily as my next step or maybe I can go to just doing 0.25 mg once in the morning and see how that does for me. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Re: Clonazepam taper
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2013, 04:22:03 PM »
I just recently went down to 0.25 mg twice daily, which I intend to stay at for two weeks.

I'm curious as to where to go from there or when it's safe to stop. I have a pill cutter so I can cut my 0.5mg tablets into quarter doses and do 0.125 mg three times daily as my next step or maybe I can go to just doing 0.25 mg once in the morning and see how that does for me. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Given the short amount of time you've been on Klonopin you shouldn't have much trouble quitting. I'd cut the 2 x 0.25mg to 2 x 0.125mg after a week and after another week drop to only 1 dose a day, then to zero after 7-10 days.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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