Clonazepam detox & a bad surprise (Restoril)
I wanted to share something with those that might be thinking they are ready to get off Clonazepam or they've run out and are thinking they've found a short terms solution.
I know more than most people regarding the biochemical make up of medications via self-education, but I'm afraid I almost put myself in serious danger after running out of 2MG K-Pin's and thinking I could coast on Temazepam for a few days until I could refill my script.
Let me be VERY VERY VERY clear, this does not work. I wasn't sure what was going on to me, but I was pretty sure I was getting close to seizures after day three. I had been taking 30 MG of Temazepam since I ran out of the K-Pin, and I started to have symptoms that were related to a high stress place I'm currently in from a life standpoint.
Bottom line, I'm fairly confident that if I had gone another day, I might have hurt myself, or had a seizure or both. Temazepam apparently does not hit the same receptors and I felt severely ill, or maybe even border line psychotic though that's never been an issue for me. I know enough to be dangerous, but I want those out there to understand that cold turkey isn't an option on this medication if you have been on it for any period of time, and at least I know for sure that Restoril does NOT block the detox from consuming you. As I was beginning to become more and more paranoid after 3 days of no sleep, and a head that was spinning like a top, and having odd eye movements, I rolled the diced and prayed I could fill my prescription 6 days early. God smiled on me today, but I'm on my way off this mess as I'm not sure I wouldn't have taken more aggressive and dangerous action if I hadn't been fortunate enough to refill my prescription. I'm never again going to find myself short on these pills, and I'm begging the long taper today until I'm off these except for brake away anxiety.
I wanted to share this because I don't want someone to find themsleves where I was, and though I'm obviously not balanced, I'm more intelligent than your average addict and yet I didn't realize it until the 3rd day that I wasn't becoming psychotic, it must be the K-Pin. I got it filled this morning and took a quarter does, and my mind slowly stopped spinning and the eye movements came under control. Then, I added another quarter and my other symptoms started to abate. I'm on 2MG, but if you are anything like me, you are taking more than the prescribed amount, but I beg you not to do this for any period of time.
I'm a dual addiction person with legitimate pain issues that have moved me from unGodly amounts of Nocro or compounded Hydrocodone to Subtex, but it's been 5 years now since I've been off the quick acting. Though I would prefer to finish Subutex at some point, I'm not sure I can, but I know for sure I can back it down to 2MG a day, or maybe lower over a long period of time, but I'm not sure the risk of being able to get high from opiates is worth getting off the subutex completely.
Anyway, this is my Clonazempam nightmare, and I hope you don't make this mistake. One more day and I might not be here, or I might have had something serious happen with no one to call the hospital. I'm getting off this starting today, but I've always known I needed to taper, but I didn't know that certain other Benzo's won't prevent the onset of detox from K-Pin.
I hope you find this useful, and see your Dr., or call them, if you ever run out. I made it to day 3 but it was for the grace of God that I realized what was happening to me...DUH, but I thought benzo's a benzo.