No More Klonopin

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I was taking Klonopin (clonazepam) for my anxiety for like, 5 years. I didn’t feel that it was helping me any longer, so my psychiatrist at PHP #4 successfully weaned me off of it. He was surprised that I didn’t have any withdrawal symptoms, while I was glad that I didn’t.

It’s been about a month since I took my last Klonopin, and I’m not as anxious as I thought I was. Sure, I have some anxiety — everybody does — but I’m not fidgeting, I haven’t had a panic attack. Mostly I’m nervous about participating in group activities, like yoga and martial arts. I’m starting to face those fears.

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18 thoughts on “No More Klonopin

  1. That’s good Barb. No need for such an addictive medication if you do not require it. Group activities are a fear of mine lately. You seem to be coming out of your depression shell a little at a time. It is healthy that way. If you emerge too quickly you usually end up depressed before you can enjoy not being depressed. lol, make sense? I am proud of your dedication to getting well.

    1. That makes total sense! You have a point about the depression she’ll—I didn’t realize I had one, but now I have a better understanding of how I feel. I’ve been coming out of the shell a little at a time because I feel fragile.

      1. Yes ma’am. Fragile is normal. Be careful to protect yourself. You are making great progress. Slow and steady is the key. ❤

  2. Congrats! I got off of it several years back. I had horrible withdrawals, actually just posted about it this morning. I’m so glad you aren’t experiencing all the physical withdrawals. I wish I had never been prescribed it.

    1. Thanks! I appreciate how lucky I am for not having to go through withdrawal. I’m glad that you got off it too 🌻

  3. Yay Barb. I am so happy you got off Klonopin. Congratulations. I am very happy for you. It is beyond amazing that you didn’t have any withdrawal symptoms. I am not on any anxiety medications either and do not have anxiety other than normal anxieties to normal life stresses. I am in the process of learning and understanding what are normal feelings and reactions to life. I learned that for the last few years the anxiety I though I was having was actually caused from the Klonopin withdrawal symoptms I was having and from my constantly trying to adjust my dose on my own Ugh. I feel like things happened the way they did so I can finally get off of psychotropic medications. So far so good. It has been four months now. Praise God. I see my P-doc tomorrow. Hugs, Sue

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