I’m about to begin my Klonopin taper—or more precisely my clonazepam taper since I’m on a generic. Amazing, huh? Once I start this taper it’s really the beginning of the end of my withdrawal. I’ve tapered off 5 meds have Lamictal to finish off and Klonopin is the only one I’ve not even begun yet, although I stopped taking additional PRN’s (up to 3 mg a day in addition to my daily dose) two years ago.
For the longest time I was the most scared of my Klonopin taper because I was in several benzo withdrawal groups and I saw the agony people dealt with routinely there. Early on I was convinced the Klonopin would be the hardest drug to come off of. I suppose I don’t know for certain otherwise at this point, but since I’ve been in these groups for over 2 years it’s become clear that most of the people suffering miserably have a cold-turkey or two in their histories that really screwed them up. With lots of research it’s become pretty clear that if you know what you’re doing and are very careful AND support your body and mind with supplements, diet, nutrition, meditation and gentle exercise the process simply does not have to be hell. Having said that, I really don’t know what it will be like. I did the Risperdal and Lamictal by the rules and had some hairy experiences and difficult times, but for whatever reason I’m optimistic about the Klonopin. Perhaps it’s just because I’ve finally achieved victory over Risperdal.
Anyway…I talked to my doc and made some calls about how to taper the Klonopin, once I figured out K wasn’t soluble in anything I could make a solution with on my own I was going to weigh it on a microgram scale but I bought one and it’s just not sensitive enough so I called a compounding pharmacy and found that they can make a suspension using various ingredients including glycerin.
The particles of Klonopin stay nicely and evenly suspended so that you can use a syringe and take out tiny amounts of the drug with great precision. I will be giving the pharmacy ninety 1 mg tablets (as I take 3 mg a day) and they will make the solution so that it’s .1 mg for each 1 ml of suspension. The cost is only $35!!
I always thought compounding pharmacies were really expensive…I suppose it you have them make pills or caplets that is what makes it pricey?? Anyway I was delighted that I found such a simple solution. Too bad I’ve already bought at mortar and pestle, a beaker, and a scale—all paraphernelia I though I might need to do it myself.
Anyway, just wanted to let you all know this is yet another option for Klonopin or clonazapem. It’s much, much easier and more accurate than doing it yourself and doing it yourself is usually what’s encouraged on the withdrawal email lists. It’s fine to do it yourself if a drug is totally soluble in water or alcohol or something…then you know it’s very evenly dispersed in a solution rather than a suspension, but for K which is only soluble in acetone (no! don’t think I want to ingest that!) this is a really good remedy. Some people do make their own suspensions with water but it’s very hard to get it to be evenly dispersed—you have to do lots of continuous stirring— and lots of bits get stuck on the sides of the container, etc.
Some benzos are soluble in water or alcohol. If you use alcohol, you just use a tiny bit and then once the drug is dissolved you add water to the rest of it. It’s harmless. So basically the most important thing to do if withdrawing from benzos and wanting to use liquid titration is to find out what your specific benzo is soluble in. Then you can decide whether you want to do it yourself or have a compounding pharmacy do it. If cost is prohibitive one can always make the supsension and do the best you can.