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I'm Hope8, withdrawing from Klonopin


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I have been on Klonopin .5 mg @ bedtime for at least 10 years. This medication was prescribed for anxiety and sleep difficulties associated with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) and fibromyalgia. Its efficacy has long been gone, and I've remained on it because I knew withdrawal could be tricky. I am now ready to undergo the withdrawal process, and I'm grateful for the information and support this community offers. I hope to be able to support others on their withdrawal journey too. Thanks!
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Hello, Hope8 :) - welcome to BenzoBuddies, and congratulations on your decision to taper off Klonopin!  :thumbsup:


I'm so glad you decided to join the forum - you'll find plenty of information and support here. Our members have gone through all aspects of benzodiazepine use and withdrawal, so you'll be able to connect with others who understand what you're going through and can tell you what has worked for them.


Please feel free to post to any of the specialized boards, which can all be accessed from the BenzoBuddies Community Forum homepage. Based on the information provided in your introduction, the following links may be a good starting place for you. There you may post your questions, and members can offer advice on how to plan your taper from here on out.


  General Taper Plans


  Withdrawal Support During Your Taper


When you have a chance, we highly recommend that you take a look at The Ashton Manual, which is an authoritative source on what to expect during withdrawal and recovery, authored by Dr. C. Heather Ashton, who is an expert in the field. It provides a great deal of information that can be very reassuring during any stage of this process, including a list of common symptoms with helpful explanations on the reasons for their existence.


For those who are currently tapering, we suggest reducing no faster than 5-10% every 10-14 days, and some taper even slower than that. One exception: very short-term users of a few weeks or less may be able to taper faster than that. 


Please take the time to Create a Signature. This will allow members to see where you are in the process, so that they can better support you.


Again, welcome!

Leslie  :smitten:

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