Just out of curiosity - for the people that klonopin is working for - why do you want to stop?
Well, I just discovered that I am pregnant, and with research I have found that there are high risks for birth defect and heart complications, organ development with the fetus. I've been on Klonopin for over 8 years, and it has helped me in the greatest way. My anxiety was so bad, I couldn't sleep and wanted to avoid all people, and tear my hair out to say the least, my mouth would shake when speaking, and I ran out of the room everytime I was called on in college.
Just recently I was hospitalized twice for an immidiate lowered dosage when I moved to another state. Now I am back in my original state with the proper dosage: 1MG 3x's a day (I usually take two or less depending, to keep away from building an extreme tolerance).
So, getting off of this drug will not be fun, or easy, and if doctors allow you to be on these meds for so long, then why can't they come up with a safe equivalent? A drug that is comparable in a different class.
I'm taking folic acid and eating the best foods possible for the baby-to-be, but I'm still worried about the health and development.
My doctor is doing research right now to come up with something to take over.
I am so sure that he'll come up with some anti-depressant (that usually makes me more depressed) and I'll still have really bad withdrawls.
Has anyone been through this, or know of someone who has?