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What is the safest way to get rid of clonazepam addiction ?

sir, i m 33yrs.old man i m suffring from clonazepam addiction since10yrs.i want to rid of this bad thing.i takes 2mg clonazepam every day. plz help me to stop this addiction.plz help me bcoz i m a poor man plz help... sir i am 33yrs.poor man.i am suffring from clonazepam addiction since last 10yrs.i want to leave this bad thing.plz help me.i takes 2mg clonazepam 4 time in a day.i can not do any work becoz this addiction make weak my brain .plz help me.i am very poor.plz help...
Asked On : Sun, 29 May 2011
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Using clonazepam 2mg for more than ten year leads to strong psychological & some physical dependence. Your decision to leave this habit is most welcome for your own well being.

If you stop taking this drug ABRUPTLY, there is chances of withdrawal syndrome comprising of symptoms like restlessness, nervousness, craving for drug, diarrhoea, palpitation, tremulousness, diffuse body pain, cramps, dizziness, in-coordination, light headedness, imbalance, staggering etc.

If you will leave Clonazepam GRADUALLY ( Reducing/Tapering the dose from 2 mg to nil over several month), the chances of emergence of withdrawal symptoms is practically very low. If withdrawal symptoms do appears, it is generally of very mild severity. So best course of action is to reduce the dose of Clonazepam very gradually. A rough guide for you will be like follow..
[1] Clonazepam 1.75 mg for 1 month
[2] Clonazepam 1.50 mg for 1 month
[3] Clonazepam 1.25 mg for 1 month
[4] Clonazepam 1.00 mg for 1 month
[5] Clonazepam 0.75 mg for 1 month
[6] Clonazepam 0.50 mg for 1 month
[7] Clonazepam 0.25 mg for 1 month
[8] Clonazepam 0.125 mg for last 1 month.

You can add Carbamazepine 300 mg twice daily for the initial two month, than Carbamazepine 300 mg once daily for next two month to reduce craving for the Clonazepam. Carbamazepine is a very bland drug, does not carries a abuse potential on its own & very effective for reducing the craving and hence relapse to addiction for Clonazepam.

Last but not the least, For optimal sleep, you need to follow the steps of sleep hygiene very strictly.

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Answered: Sat, 11 Feb 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
thanks for query,
Firstly you develop self confidence and decide that by any means I am not going for this tablet.Initially you will feel a bit difficulty but you remain firm in your decession and you will be success.
Do hard work during the day so you will get sleep immediately.
Do some exercise and keep yourself busy whole day.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Sun, 29 May 2011
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