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Re: Clonazepam withdrawal sucesses/otherwise jay

Posted by hockeygirlcanada on October 20, 2003, at 15:33:32

In reply to Re: Clonazepam withdrawal sucesses/otherwise brownja, posted by jay on March 9, 2003, at 11:06:46

> > I have been 'on' Clonazepam .5 mg for years. It was prescribed for restless leg symdrom. Until recently, I was unaware how dependent I was on the contineous use and the addictive nature of Clonazepam. I am going to get an appointment with doctor to discuss the wisdom and possible proceedure/s of 'breaking the habit' but I AM INTERESTED IN OTHER'S EXPERIENCES IN CUTTING 'THE TIE THAT BINDS' TO THIS DOSAGE OF CLONAZEPAM. Inadvertant cutoff from the dossage caused severe sleep deprecation and the onset of depression.
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> I am just curious, has the Clonazepam stopped working for you? If you don't 'crave' it, and no need to up your dose, OR it hasn't caused other problems, there would be no reason to stop it. Yes, stopping right away may cause withdrawl effects, but the same goes for Paxil, Effexor, etc. (Some say those are worse.) I've taken the same dose of a benzo, on and off over 10 years, with no problems. Antidepressants where way harder to withdraw from. People stay on those permanently. Why not Clonazepam?
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> Of course it is your body...and I mean nothing nasty by saying what I did..honestly. Just using my and many others experiences. If you truly do want to withdraw from Clonazepam beyond what I said, you can break the pill in halves, and get a pill slicer and even break it into quarters.
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> Best wishes whatever you choose...
> Jay
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I have to go with Jay on this one, I have been on clonazepam for years, same dose, sometimes less, depending on the day, and was told by my docs that I may need it for the rest of my life, but to weigh taking the med vs. not, the obvious advantages (for myself) are to take it if needed.
Epileptics use it for life as it is an anti convulsant. I have gone off it, but my quality of life suffers.
Jill


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