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A 51-year-old male asked:

Was on 3 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) for ptsd...my dr is reducing .5 a month ...is this an average time?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Klonopin (clonazepam) Dosage: Reducing by 0.5 mg a month is not likely to cause withdrawal symptoms. Discuss with Psychiatrist: • Diagnosis when Klonopin (clonazepam) was started • Intensity of Symptoms of PTSD • Impairment of Functioning • Need for Klonopin (clonazepam) • Benefits and side effects of Klonopin (clonazepam) • Therapy for stresses of relationships, separations, work, and PTSD • Breathing and MusicRelaxation • Visual ImageryYoga • Tai Chi
Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It depends: On how long you’ve been prescribed it, what it’s done for you, side effects you’ve had, what it’s being replaced with, etc. However, tapering by 0.5 MG per month is probably a safe dosing schedule as far as withdrawal issues. If you have any concerns or problems during the taper, I would encourage you to discuss them with your provider to maximize your treatment and outcome. Good luck!

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