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How do I taper off of 0.5 Klonopin without the horrible withdrawal symptoms?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by AmIOrAmINot, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. AmIOrAmINot

    AmIOrAmINot Member

    I suffer from PTSD and horrible anxiety, depression and anger at times when I recall the innocent young, vibrant, go getter I used to be and how I'm allowing what someone did to me over 30 years ago, still affect me now, at 46. Psychiatrist put me on klonopin and hydroxyzine about 9 years ago and I haven't been able to go without them ever since. Went cold turkey one time and almost died in the bathroom of a business in Brooklyn. PLEASE DON'T EVER GO COLD TURKEY ON BENZOS!!! They've caused my body to get even weaker (particularly my nervous system). Can it ever be healed after taking klonopin for so long? And does hydroxyzine have that affect on my nervous system as well? Am I an addict or do I really need these drugs now, due to the damage they may have caused long term?
  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Welcome and thanks for sharing with us, @AmIOrAmINot. As I just commented to someone else here in the forums, Klonopin is a powerful, nasty drug (as are, in my opinion, all benzos). I was prescribed Klonopin for anxiety and only took it as directed. No one told me that I shouldn't stop it cold turkey, and when I tried to do that it was hell on earth. As you now know, the only safe way to get off of it is to wean off of it slowly. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about the best way to wean off of your dosage. And if you don't feel comfortable with the doctor you have, find another one. Or an addiction specialist. FYI, something I learned is that benzos are really only intended for short-term use. Nine years is a long time to be taking them. I hope you can get off of them and feel better.

    If you're interested in reading it, I wrote a blog about my experience with Klonopin. You can read it at this link:

    Held Hostage by a RX Drug: My Klonopin Nightmare

    I will keep good thoughts for you. I know what you're going through and I know it's not easy. But I'm living proof that you can get off of Klonopin for good.