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Re: EMSAM-3 weeks and getting off klonopin, I hope

Posted by RobertDavid on April 26, 2006, at 13:59:52

In reply to Re: EMSAM-3 weeks and getting off klonopin, I hope RobertDavid, posted by zero on April 26, 2006, at 13:18:22

> I'm with strugglingsteve on this one - one thing at a time, or you won't really know what's doing what.
> If it were me (and I hope to try EMSAM if I see that it's helping people w. SP), I'd leave the Klon. in place until I knew for sure the EMSAM was working. Then a very slow taper off of the Klon.

It seems several of you have the same take which seems reasonable, to just stay on klonopin for a while along with EMSAM. But how long do I wait to try to taper down? And how will I know how well EMSAM does for SP if I don't try to taper from klonopin?

I recognize I'm being impatient here and even my doctor suggested I stay on klonopin for up to 6 months before trying a taper. He said to wait just so that I could spend a few months feeling good as I never did totally on klonopin alone.

What if I do this, just try to go down to say .25 once a month and see how I do. That would give my body time to continue to adjust to EMSAM while doing an extrememly slow klonopin taper. Since I'm taking 2mgs of klonopin a .25 taper once a month should be so slow that I could deal with it. If I have problems I can just go back to the 2mgs.

Perhaps by doing it this way, such a slow taper that it might be easier vs a quicker taper months down the road. Probably the smart thing to do is just wait, then do a very slow taper. I know I'm being impatient and trying to sell myself on lowering klonopin. I've wanted to find a replacement for a long time.

I also battle with occational drinking binges (about once a month, not daily) which I'm trying to avoid/quit and have heard klonopin/benzo's aren't helpful with because it can keep cravings up not to mention other serious helth issues I'm aware of. I know that's a subject for a different board, but part of my motivation to get off klonopin. Any thoughts on this concept or just continue my 2mgs and wait.

Thanks for your impute. Rob




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