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How should you slowly decrease your klonopin (clonazepam) dose?

Your doctor: Your doctor will recommend a tapering dose to minimize adverse effects of medication discontinuation. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Clonazepam (Definition)

Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more


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After being on a small dose of. 5 mil klonopin (clonazepam) for 3 years how long would it take to withdraw from it completely?

A week or two: 0.5 mg is a pretty low dose, so it shouldn't be hard to stop. I would suggest taking 0.25 daily for a week or so, and then stop completely. While some patients have to taper it more gradually than that, in my experience this has worked fine for most patients. Of course, you should do this in collaboration with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take different doses of klonopin (clonazepam) everyday? Some days I take a half of 0.5 some days a whole. Prescribed as 3 times day as needed.

Is it ok to take different doses of klonopin (clonazepam) everyday? Some days I take a half of 0.5 some days a whole. Prescribed as 3 times day as needed.

Prn Klonopin (clonazepam): Taking Klonopin (clonazepam) 3x/day as needed can get confusing. While it may be ok, you may be getting less than effective coverage. Assume you take for anxiety. Suggest you review with prescribing doctor and consider a regular dose that will cover you through the day, eg. 1 mg morning and evening. You may be having mini withdrawals by "stop and start" dosing now. Let your doctor advise. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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1mg dose of klonopin (clonazepam) lasts for about 8 hours. Half life 18-60 hours. The half life seems meaningless if it only therapeutically works 8 hrs. Explain?

1mg dose of klonopin (clonazepam) lasts for about 8 hours. Half life 18-60 hours. The half life seems meaningless if it only therapeutically works 8 hrs. Explain?

Therapeutic: Of course these are just standards for a general population. But, therapeutic levels represents a blood concentration that is high enough to see the effect of the medication still working. Blood levels of the chemical/drug/medicine are detectable but not at a level to provide with the well known effect of the medication. ...Read more

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Could of taken klonopin (clonazepam) for 2 years at a high doses damaged my memory for good. I have been off four 4 months, I forget things like where I'm going?

Could of taken klonopin (clonazepam) for 2 years at a high doses damaged my memory for good. I have been off four 4 months, I forget things like where I'm going?

Unlikely: Have your doctor work you up for other causes of memory loss including neuropsychological testing to quantify likely extent and to help determine cause. ...Read more

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I've been on klonopin (clonazepam) 1.5 mg daily for two weeks. Am I able to stop or are there chances I could have serious problems? What dose is good to stop at?

I've been on klonopin (clonazepam) 1.5 mg daily for two weeks. Am I able to stop or are there chances I could have serious problems? What dose is good to stop at?

Taper Klonopin (clonazepam): You may or may not have habituation at this dose and 2 weeks' time, but tapering is still the wisest path. To accomplish this, please work with with the doctor who prescribed your medicine. Since you've only taken Klonopin (clonazepam) for 2 weeks, it should be generally possible to reduce the dose by. 5mg over 5-7 days with each step. ...Read more

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Is 2mg of klonopin (clonazepam) a day a high dose?

Probably not: In my practice, with my patients, I have found that the average dose of Klonopin, or clonazepam, is 1 or 2 mgs per dose, taken twice daily, for a total of 2 to 4 mgs total daily.
You need to discuss with your treating physician what your specific diagnosis is, what other medications you are taking, and any other illnesses you may have to find your correct, optimal dose. ...Read more

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What is the average dose of klonopin (clonazepam) for treating tourettes?

What is the average dose of klonopin (clonazepam) for treating tourettes?

None: Klonopin (clonazepam) is a highly addiction drug and should not be taken without close supervision of the prescribing psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Hi. I only took 0.25mg of klonopin (clonazepam) once and I did not liked the effect. Do I need to taper off for this dose?

No: If you are accurate about it being only once, the next dose being zero is the only taper possible and it will be fine. If not, not. Best! ...Read more

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What is the max daily dose of klonopin (clonazepam) can I take on a need basis when my anxiety gets acute. I normally take 0.75 regularly.

What is the max daily dose of klonopin (clonazepam) can I take on a need basis when my anxiety gets acute. I normally take 0.75 regularly.

Depends: Depending on your health history, 4 mg per day is the maximum dose. You should discuss this with the physician prescribing the medication as he/she will better understand you medical condition. ...Read more

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Is long term low dose klonopin (clonazepam) use safe? I have been really anxious the past couple of weeks and have been taking. 25mg daily (sometimes. 5mg)

Is long term low dose klonopin (clonazepam) use safe? I have been really anxious the past couple of weeks and have been taking. 25mg daily (sometimes. 5mg)

Usually with: Benzo’s for anxiety, patients are evaluated for side effects, tolerance to the drug, etc, at least every three months. There may be a risk of addiction depending on multiple factors.
Safety profile is good if not mixed with alcohol, other sedating medications, or controlled substances. Please discuss w/your prescriber re: other meds that you’re taking.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Groggy! Does anyone take large doses of klonopin (clonazepam) or lorazapam?

Groggy! Does anyone take large doses of klonopin (clonazepam) or lorazapam?

Expect no different: If you take high doses (or even low doses) of either medication, it would not be uncommon for you to feel groggy. Both are benzodiazepines and are central nerve system depressants. They are designed to slow down your system and relax you. By so doing, however, they can make you tired, lethargic or sleepy. The higher the dose, the more sedating it becomes. Too high of dose can result in death. ...Read more

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Could a dose of methadone plus 15mg of klonopin (clonazepam) be a fatal overdose?

Could a dose of methadone plus 15mg of klonopin (clonazepam) be a fatal overdose?

Would depend: It would depend on the dose of Methadone given and the tolerance level of the individual for both Methadone and klonopin (clonazepam).
That is a very large dose of Klonopin (clonazepam) - I certainly would suggest a visit to the er.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have klonopin (clonazepam). I took 5mg and and didn't feel any drowsiness... Do some people require higher doses?

Yes, but: Since you obviously have a high tolerance to it, and little benefit, I would work with your psychiatrist about finding a way to slowly stop it and replace it with something non-addicting, perhaps gabapentin. ...Read more

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If taking a benzo. Klonopin/ativan/valium etc. And on it a few months at an average dose. If not helping do you still have to taper the same way?

If taking a benzo. Klonopin/ativan/valium etc. And on it a few months at an average dose. If not helping do you still have to taper the same way?

Tapering recommended: Tapering is recommended for long-term use of benzodiazepines, such as klonapin or ativan, (lorazepam) as stopping abruptly leads to withdrawal symptoms. These include anxiety, sweating, palpitations, hallucinations, psychosis, and seizures, which can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Taken clonazepam (0.5mg) (klonopin) 1-2 times a week (sometimes 3) for a few weeks to help insomnia. Can I safely stop taking anytime at this dose?

Taken clonazepam (0.5mg) (klonopin) 1-2 times a week (sometimes 3) for a few weeks to help insomnia. Can I safely stop taking anytime at this dose?

Yes....: It is not so much the dose, but the frequency that let's me say that. If you really have not taken it more than 2 or 3 (at most) times in a week for a few weeks, then you should not have a problem. However, even at this dose (0.5), if you were taking it almost every night, even for 3 weeks, it might be difficult to stop taking it. ...Read more

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Started having interdose withdrawals with 2 mg of Ativan divided dose. --dr switched me to 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) divided dose. Does this make sense?

Started having interdose withdrawals with 2 mg of Ativan divided dose. --dr switched me to 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) divided dose. Does this make sense?

Yes: Ativan 2mg is the maximum dose that can be safely given at any one time, so this places patients at greater risk of uncomfortable withdrawl symptoms until the next dose is administered. Furthermore, Klonopin (clonazepam) is easier to manage and tolerate than Ativan because it has a longer half life, or a longer time that its chemicals remain effective in the human body. ...Read more

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I have taken 35 mg of oxcodone and. 5 klonopin (clonazepam) in the last 12 hours or so, I feel very tired and jittery at the same time, im worried about over dose.

I have taken 35 mg of oxcodone and. 5 klonopin (clonazepam) in the last 12 hours or so, I feel very tired and jittery at the same time, im worried about over dose.

Overdose: Overdose is possible but not likely at that dose If worried have someone watch you tonight the greatest difficulty would be decreased breathing so have someone make sure you are breathing Again this happening is unlikely ...Read more

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I am on 1mg of klonopin (clonazepam) at bedtime and 1/2 of one during the day as needed for anxiety already cut dose in half stil tired is there another med I can?

I am on 1mg of klonopin (clonazepam) at bedtime and 1/2 of one during the day as needed for anxiety already cut dose in half stil tired is there another med I can?

Less sedating option: 1. You could take a lower dose. Clonazepam comes in 0.5 mg tablets. 2. There are less sedating tranquilizers, e.g., lorazepam, alprazolam. 3. There are less sedating non-tranquilizers that help anxiety, e.g., buspirone, ssri antidepressants. 4. There are non-medication treatments for anxiety, e.g., psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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I am prescribed. 5 klonopin (clonazepam) I didn't take it last night because I planned to drink today. How long do I wait to take my dose I'm having awful anxiety.

I am prescribed. 5 klonopin (clonazepam) I didn't take it last night because I planned to drink today. How long do I wait to take my dose I'm having awful anxiety.

Klonopin, (clonazepam) alcohol: You have to wait for 48 hours after taking Klonopin (clonazepam) to drink alcohol.Using Klonopin (clonazepam) with alcohol may lead to decreased mental and motor function. Symptoms may include feelings of depression or drowsiness. Increased side effects such as dizziness, slow and difficult breathing, confusion, and/or loss of coordination. ...Read more

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Weaning off of klonopin (clonazepam) was on for 6 months. At 0.5mgbid, now on 0.125mg daily. 8 pills left- will I be ok with stopping at this dose-i don't want more?

Weaning off of klonopin (clonazepam) was on for 6 months. At 0.5mgbid, now on 0.125mg daily. 8 pills left- will I be ok with stopping at this dose-i don't want more?

Yes: Yes, you should be; the dose you indicated is very negligible. Don' be afraid to stop. On the other hand, if you are experiencing anxiety you may benefit from psychologist's intervention. You may consider cbt - cognitive-behavioral therapy that often times effective and help to avoid use of medications. ...Read more

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I have a prescription for klonopin (clonazepam) to take twice daily. I was wondering how far apart the doses should be? How long does the effect of one tablet typically last?

I have a prescription for klonopin (clonazepam) to take twice daily. I was wondering how far apart the doses should be? How long does the effect of one tablet typically last?

Discuss w/ Dr: Asking your pharmacist might be an idea too. Some say it's EFX are faster if your stomach is empty (1hr before/2hrs after a meal. When you rise and shortly before bed may work well if the 12 hr frame is hard. Some only need it PRN so discuss it all w/ your therapist/Dr. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Klonopin (Definition)

Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug) and a blood pressure drug which is a ...Read more