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I use to say....I will never take this during the day because of my job....now I find myself having to take part of my dose DURING THE DAY so I can function at my job.....

So today around noon, I could not stand being "Dizzy DD" any more and I took .25.

Felt MUCH better after about an hour. Now my question is....tonight I will take .5 and be back at .75 :'( :'( .

Once my body gets used to this new schedule, I can resume my taper...(Yes, it is still dry taper for someone who asked) Does this sound ok????



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Hello DDMM56


I saw your dose reduction from .75 was to .625mg. That was a 16.67% dose reduction. That would have been too large of a dose reduction for me. This is my taper plan from Klonopin. I am not sure it will be helpful to you. Xanax has such a short half-life. I am posting it in case it is something that is helpful. I also included 2 examples of reducing the dose from .75mg.




You get the % by taking the dose reduction and dividing it by the dose you are currently at. For example; a 0.03125mg dose reduction from 0.5mg is a 6.25% dose reduction.  0.03125 divided by 0.5 = 6.25% reduction.


I have been dry-cutting. I have learned some important things about this process for me:




1) I have found that I need to hold for no shorter than 2 weeks. . That is because Klonopin has a half-life of 30 to 40 hours and the generic clonazepam has a half-life of 18 to 50 hours. It takes five half-lives to get a dose reduction out of our system.

2) I listen to my body and hold until it feels like it has adjusted to the new lower dose. I usually get a few lower symptom days before I do another dose reduction.

3) My average holds have been 2 to 4 weeks

4) In order to keep the symptoms at a tolerable level, I keep my cuts around 10% or lower.

5) I have been able to keep my cuts below 10% by going to .03125mg when I hit .5mg of Klonopin.




In case you are interested in how I am able to dry cut the lower doses:


Cutting 0.25mg:


Here is how I am able to get the .25mg pieces. I break the .5mg tablet in half.  The brand Klonopin is scored and breaks in half easily.



Cutting 0.125mg


Take the .25mg and cut that in half. That is a .125mg piece. . I use an angle razor like a box cutter. And cut on hard surface like glass or a mirror.


Cutting 0.0625mg

I have the 0.5mg Klonopin.


I break the 0.5mg tablet in half then, I cut 1/4th off of that. I use an angle razor like a box cutter. I have found that the razor is thinner and sharper than the pill splitters I have worked with. Yet, I have read that some have no problem using pill splitters.


I cut the 1/4 off of the tablet on a glass surface. I have found the glass surface to be hard enough to get a clean cut. I press down firm and fairly fast. The 1/4 breaks away (from the .25mg). Now I have 0.0625mg.


NOTE: If you are unable to get a chip that is .0625 mg then you could crush it into powder. That would work as well. You would take a .25 mg piece and separate it into 4 piles.


Cutting 0.03125mg (Powder)


The way I get the .03125mg is I crush a .25mg piece and separate the powder into 8 piles. I happen to have a window scraper so that is what I use or you could use a razor. I crush the .25mg on a dinner plate with the top part of a pill crusher. Then use the window scraper or razor to separate the pile into 8. Each pile is .03125mg.


Note: (What I do is crush the portion of the tablet. Then I put it in one pile. I do my best with the razor to separate the pile into two. Then I take the two piles and separate them into two. That makes four piles. Then I take those and separate them into two more piles. That makes eight.)


Cutting 0.0156mg (Powder)

The way I would get a .0156mg cut is by crushing .125mg piece (to get the .125mg, cut the .25mg in half). Then crush the .125mg on a dinner plate, into powder with the top of a pill crusher. I happen to have a window scraper so that is what I use or you could use a razor. Then separate the piles into 8. Each pile is .0156mg.


Cutting 0.0078mg (Powder)


Crush a 0.625mg into powder and separate into 8 piles.


NOTE: With the powder, here is how I take it. I lick my finger, press it on the powder, then I put the powder in my mouth. Then I drink some water after.


So, here is an example,

When I cut .75mg to do a .0625mg dose reduction, it looked like this:





.6875mg total

This is an 8.3% dose reduction.


If you want to go lower in the percentage reducing the .75mg dose by .015625mg would look like this:


0.125mg (Chip)

.0.0625mg (Chip or Powder)

0.03125mg (Powder)

0.015625mg (Powder)


.734375mg Total

That is a 2.0833% decrease



I wish you only the best,



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Great stuff here! I will keep this in mind before I do another dose cut....You have been very helpful! :)


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