7th December, 2006.
I am so done with you.
Six months have gone by and today is the first day completely off the devil (Klonopin) and I am feeling great. I know there may be some bad days ahead, but I am off to a great start knowing I tapered the right way, thanks to finding this great site.
Learn from Me. Here is how I did it.
First off, I got myself a good MD to help me through the entire process for both the physical and mental toll the taper is on the body. For the Mental, I was very lucky and found the Hapworth Clinic in NYC. I would be more than happy to pass on more info if your interested. For the Physical, I used my own Internist. Both were very happy to help.
I started my taper at 2mgs, which was my dose for most of my ten plus years, and was able to get down to .5mg within two months with not that much difficulty. Then I started and maintained a medium four month water titration until my last day - (Dec. 7th, 2006). During this time, I exercised like never before and tried hard to eat right. I did have the usual withdrawal symptoms as most people, but with one big exception. The intensity was a lot lower then I ever expected and therefore made it a hell of a lot easier to complete my daily tasks and work without disruption.
One thing that I have learned is that everyone's taper experience is different. The taper process was at a medium pace, but yours might take longer. My drop per day was 0.004mg. For me the anxiety was the worst part but better then I expected. The physical was easy compared to the levels of anxiety that almost made me hold at certain times. I was lucky and was able to stay at the medium pace all the way through. The best advice I can give is the following.
1. You must start off stable and hold when you feel otherwise.
2. Prepare yourself for the battle both emotionally & physically before and during the taper.
3. Get a qualified MD to support you both physically and mentally.
4. Go at your own pace. Time definitely is your best friend.
5. Post on this site and steal the golden nuggets from other people's experience.
6. There is no easy way out. This process requires hard work and 100 percent dedication. The exercise I did was not easy, but I forced myself throughout the entire process. I believe this was the price I needed to pay to maintain my physical and emotional well being.
7. Do not let anyone or anything get in the way of your water titration schedule. Do it approx. the same time every night and measure the best you can. Get the recommended blender and equipment this site recommends.
8. Do not let anyone’s negative thoughts distract you from completing your ultimate goal.
9. Stay Focused and post when ever you need help or support..
10. Never give up.
Lastly, I would very much like to thank Anthea. She welcomed me to this site and always ended her emails with Love Anthea. This really did make a big difference to me. Just knowing that someone out there really cared enough to get involved and help people like myself was very reassuring.
I am forever in your debt, Anthea.
I would be glad to help anyone out if you have any questions.
Larry (Klonopin Survivor)
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Last updated 22 July 2015