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I am new here. I have OCD which is why I started taking Clonazepam 0.5MG Twice daily as needed. I have been taking it for about two years. I have started tapering on my own. cutting off a liitle every week>I am on week two..Hope I am doing it right!
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Hello, OCDGirl - Welcome to BenzoBuddies!

 

Congratulations on your taper so far!  Sounds like you have already taken your brave first step to being benzo free!  I took clonazepam for anxiety, and to be honest, I found myself more anxious while on it, than off it, after staying on it for years.  I think you are so wise to taper off after being on it for two years and not waiting for over ten years, like I did. 

 

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:

 

General Taper Plans

 

Withdrawal Support During Your Taper

 

When you have a chance, I 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!

Greencup  :smitten:

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