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Old 07-30-2011, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Klonopin Withdrawal?????

Hey guys, I was just wondering how long does it take for Klonopin withdrawal to start happening? I have been taking Klonopin 1mg as needed for 4 years now and i usually go days without it. I haven't taken it for 4 days now and nothing has happened. I am actually trying to get off this drug so i am considering never taking it again. I'm just a little concerned that something bad is going to happen because I hear so many withdrawal horror stories.... Please help
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you've been taking it properly so you wont have physical withdrawal. You have already demostrated you can go days without it so physical dependence is unlikely. you may run into psychological dependence at anytime if you find yourself in a situation where you need it and do not have it but thats another thing. you should be ok to stop at anytime.
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Thank you sooooo much Foh Teej... i really needed to hear that. I am so afraid of the physical symptoms. Its been almost 5 days without it... and i feel pretty good. You are absolutly right about the psychological part... Im just so used to having it when i need it.
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why do you want to discontinue?
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I want to stop taking it because I would like to get pregnant in the next few years and don't want to continue and have really bad withdrawal symptoms later when I'm forced to stop. Also I'm feeling a liltte bit better these days
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Hey guys, I was just wondering how long does it take for Klonopin withdrawal to start happening? I have been taking Klonopin 1mg as needed for 4 years now and i usually go days without it. I haven't taken it for 4 days now and nothing has happened. I am actually trying to get off this drug so i am considering never taking it again. I'm just a little concerned that something bad is going to happen because I hear so many withdrawal horror stories.... Please help
How as your schedule like? How frequent were you on this?

I've been on this as needed for about 7 months or so. .25MG-.50MG would be extremely strong for me, to the point where I can feel it in myself for the work week. It really calms my nerves and helps me, but the side-effects do kick in. Sometimes I get a headache here and there and I can't seem to sit still.

I think it can be psychological, so it will take some time. Withdrawals comes from excessive abuse and high dosages. But everyone is diff't. Try talk to your doctor, and give yourself a chance to be clean with it. =)
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How as your schedule like? How frequent were you on this?
I have been on this stuff for soooo long... I thought it was 4 years but I think it was more like 5 or 6 years... I would take between .5mg to 1mg 1 time a day in the morning mostly, for at least 5 of my work days maybe skipping a day but when I was off from work I would try not to take it. I also weaned myself from 60mg prozac to 20mg... I'm gonna stop that soon aswell...

Today is my 7thday off the Kpin and i must say I am doing ok.... i have very high anxiety and when ever I feel under pressure i seem to have a slight brain zap but its mild so I'm dealing.

I have a VERY strong psychological dependency to Kpin and I don't like it... It bothers me that I feel that I need this stuff in order to be normal. I am now in the process of trying to learn how to live life without it and its tough but I believe I can do it!!!
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you quit cold turkey? good luck! (and I mean that seriously lol)

I'm not too familiar with benzo withdrawal, but yeah have read some horror stories on here.
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you quit cold turkey? good luck! (and I mean that seriously lol)

I'm not too familiar with benzo withdrawal, but yeah have read some horror stories on here.
she didnt quit cold turkey as she never developed a tolerance. she took it prn like you should do and shes on 7 days now with no withdrawal... because she took it correctly to begin with! imagine that. the vast majority of horror stories are caused by improper use.
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she didnt quit cold turkey as she never developed a tolerance. she took it prn like you should do and shes on 7 days now with no withdrawal... because she took it correctly to begin with! imagine that. the vast majority of horror stories are caused by improper use.
It's not improper when your doctor knows you need to take it everyday (and prescribes enough for everyday each month) and doesn't warn you.

I imagine a lot of people have to take benzos everyday or almost everyday.

"As needed" can be everyday, that's what PRN means. You can develop a tolerance if you take benzos a few times a week for years. I've heard people say they quit cold turkey and not have withdrawal symptoms for weeks and then it hits them "hard."

Better advice and more qualified people to help the OP here:

http://www.benzowithdrawal.com
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It's not improper when your doctor knows you need to take it everyday (and prescribes enough for everyday each month) and doesn't warn you.

I imagine a lot of people have to take benzos everyday or almost everyday.

"As needed" can be everyday, that's what PRN means. You can develop a tolerance if you take benzos a few times a week for years. I've heard people say they quit cold turkey and not have withdrawal symptoms for weeks and then it hits them "hard."

Better advice and more qualified people to help the OP here:

http://www.benzowithdrawal.com

you miss the point. tolerance and/or dependence is subjective to pharmacokinetics/dynamics and can't be predicted in each person. WHy would you assume the OP needs advice on withdrawal when she clearly stated she hasnt experience such? Why would you also use anecdotal evidence to presume she will eventually?
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Well guys I hope I don't have any w/d symptoms hit me in the future.... I'm already scared as it is and afraid of what is going to happen to me.... But If I have w/d symptoms other than major anxiety and brain zaps I will let you all know... And I found that site http://www.benzowithdrawal.com very helpful.... They have alot more success stories that encouraged me.... thanks
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you miss the point. tolerance and/or dependence is subjective to pharmacokinetics/dynamics and can't be predicted in each person. WHy would you assume the OP needs advice on withdrawal when she clearly stated she hasnt experience such? Why would you also use anecdotal evidence to presume she will eventually?
Great point. Withdrawals are subjective. I have a mixed schedule as well and hope to using it just as needed.
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I've heard people say they quit cold turkey and not have withdrawal symptoms for weeks and then it hits them "hard."
What exactly happens when it hits them "hard"..... Just curious if there is anything I should be aware of????
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What exactly happens when it hits them "hard"..... Just curious if there is anything I should be aware of????
Go here and read the horror stories and then ask them advice that you asked in you OP. There's more benzo withdrawal experienced people at this site. In fact that's the whole focus of the site.

http://benzowithdrawal.com/forum/index.php?board=5.0

But I've heard of people hallucinating and having seizures, after CT, and it sometimes takes weeks before it hits.
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you miss the point. tolerance and/or dependence is subjective to pharmacokinetics/dynamics and can't be predicted in each person. WHy would you assume the OP needs advice on withdrawal when she clearly stated she hasnt experience such? Why would you also use anecdotal evidence to presume she will eventually?
I don't presume anything and yes, people react differently. Out of an abundance of caution, I wouldn't just CT, even when taken every once in awhile for years.
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I actually started out taking benzos every once in awhile. I developed a dependence just doing this and had to eventually take at least .5 mg of Klonopin/day just to avoid withdrawal. Of course I had to take more in certain situations though. That's still PRN. Then a doctor put me on Xanax XR PRN and the same thing happened. I became dependent from PRN.

There's so many bad things that happen from benzos. You take it PRN one day and the next day you feel rebound anxiety and want to take benzo to stop it. Then you get dependent, then eventually you build up a tolerance, then rebound anxiety and rebound insomnia gets worse. Then anxiety in general gets worse then it ever was before you ever started benzos. This is what benzos do in the long run. They make your anxiety worse and **** up your brain like alcohol.

Look up research studies on the long term effects of both benzos and alcohol. They are very similar and terrible. Benzos are basically a legal form of alcohol in a pill without the hangover.

Then there are doctors who should know better that give bad advice and often cold turkey or fast taper their patients off of benzos and **** em up. Then there are ignorant people on here that say it's fine to CT too. You may do fine CT, but I doubt it and I wouldn't out of an abundance of caution.
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CT would imply physical dependence. by definition, you can't cold turkey off of something you don't have an addiction too. having to taper off of something you arent addicted to may actually induce dependence and create the very problem you wish to avoid. there is absolutely no reason she should take anything to avoid something she doesnt even experience.
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You can always reduce down by .5 mg for a week if you feel uncomfortable!!
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Then there are ignorant people on here that say it's fine to CT too.
please reference just one mother****er in the history of this website that ever said this.

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You may do fine CT, but I doubt it and I wouldn't out of an abundance of caution.
you don not have the qualifications to doubt what she's already stated to you isnt happening. You keep assumming that your experience is or will be everyones experience -and god damn if you dont try to be their hero and save them from it.
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