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Old 06-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy addiction to clonazepam

Hi, I am off Ativan a month but have addiction to clonazepam .5 twice daily down from 6 a day. I went through days in bed steel band around my head but felt I had beat Ativan. Maybe I have but feel so sad that in order to get off clonazepam dr is slowly transferring me to diazepam - a slightly higher dose as miday to try to stabilize me. I have been pretty immobilized, unable to get groceries, unlock mailbox cause I can't face whatever might be in the mail, won't answer the phone most of the time, crying constantly or panic/ anxiety cycling day and night. I try to sleep all day to escape.
I think the Ashton manual to get off benzoz is what my doctor is trying to help me do but he is leaving soon so continuity of health care will be lost. When he saw me Friday he couldn't stand seeing my pain and took me to emerg for 7.5 mg diazepam. He said we'd try to do this without hospitalizing me and I worried about my pets and having to go to a city hospital. Saw him again Monday and he told me to take 5mg diazepam in am along with my .5 clonazepam. That's the only clonazepam I am taking now but I feel like I am going backwards adding when I want to subtract. Anyone else able to think about this more clearly than me?

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Old 06-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #2
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Re: addiction to clonazepam

if your doctor is leaving, don't get low. Try researching Ashton and benzodiazapenes and you will find Ashton's guide to coming off antidepressants and will be able to work it out yourself. the symptoms you describe are typical of withdrawing from a benzodiazapene and very unpleasant. I am looking into amino acid therapy and GABA as to what to use for my son, so check out my post with the list of vitamins on top of these that professionals have told me will help. Try and see if there is an animal welfare society that can help you temporarily with the pets until you are more on your feet.

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