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Re: withdrawl from Klonopin

Posted by Ole Olsen on August 26, 2004, at 11:51:46

In reply to Re: withdrawl from Klonopin sheebies, posted by ddeeS on August 26, 2004, at 10:38:02

Hi,I can suggest a couple of things. First, if you want to get off klonopin you need to understand exactly what it is and how it works so there is a website developed by Professor Heather Ashton, look up her name and you will find the link, its the most comprehensive site I've come across and includes a withdrawl routine that might be helpful if its done under you doctors supervision. Second, in my earlier posts I discussed the use of over the counter supplements to help ease the withdrawl symptoms. My wife had taken 2 x 0.5 mg every morning for about 3 years and then tried to go cold-turkey and of course had an anxiety attack, relatively mild but very real. So, after I did some research I found that the amino acid glutamine is the precursor for GABA which is the neurotransmitter responsible for calm/no anxiety. SInce March 15 my wife reduced her dose to 0.5 mg in the morning but has a cup of strong green tea (2 bags in 2 cups of water), the active ingredient in green tea is L-theanine which promotes GABA synthesis, with a level teaspoon of glutamine in ther afternoon and this has really helped ease her withdrawl symptoms which now, after 6 months are pretty much gone and we ar thinkingof reducing her dose to 0.25 mg daily for the next 6 months, then to 0 of course. At times when she missed the tea/glutamine for a day or two and began to experience heightened withdrawl symptoms I had her take 1 x 500 mg of GABA (bought at a vitamin store or on-line) with her 0.5 mg klonopin and this worked well to restore her calm.

Hope this helps




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