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Initially zopicolone , then changed to clonozapan 1.5mg (on that for 5 years for back spasm). Long history of pain and oxycontin use.  CT in hospital as they were uncomfortable with my dosage of clonozapan for a gastric complaint and given 2.5mg of diazepam  which didn't touch the sides. Came home assuming that it was the CT of venaflaxine that had made me so ill. For months I suffered burning pain , anxiety etc. I also went from a 180mg of oxycontin onto a very low dose of morphine in the past 12 months. Initially I was happy to come off the oxycontin however it is triggering major anxiety with each oxycontin cut . Im furious as my condition was misdiagnosed 14 years ago and I am on all the meds and I don't need them anymore. I would like advice on sleeping and how to get off this drug. Im currently taking one 1/3rd of an 0.5 tablet .
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Welcome to BenzoBuddies!  We are glad you decided to join us.  You'll find a lot of support and information on this forum, which is the only one of its kind online.


For those starting a taper, we generally recommend starting out at a rate of 5 to 10% every 10-14 days, then adjusting the taper to suit your own needs.  Note: very short term users may be able to taper faster.


Withdrawal symptoms, which vary widely but commonly include anxiety and insomnia, often occur during a taper, but these are temporary and will get better in time.  In general, first tapers are easier, but cold turkeys or multiple withdrawals may be more severe and longer lasting.  Here are a few links to get you started:


The Ashton Manual, a concise reference for tapering and symptom issues.


Withdrawal Support (during your taper)


Once again, welcome!

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