Its beyond my comprehension, how doctors are so uneducated to properly understand how to taper someone who has taken klonopin or any benzodiazepine for a long period of time.
We have doctors that are older and prescribed these medication freely in the 80’s and 90’s who now are hesitant to prescribe these medications because of the newly learned dangers of this class of medication
For me I have taken klonopin for over 35 years, mostly at a dosage of 1mg four times a day for Generalized anxiety disorder. I now take them three times a day
While the literature now states the bensodiazepines are highly addictive, and cause a myriad of health issues including cognitive impairment.
The new breed of doctors are hesitant to prescribe these medications at the level I take now. They try to convey that you don’t need to take these medications at this dosage
Why don’t they understand you cant decrease this class of medication at 1mg at a time. In previous posts I have gathered information from professors both here and in the United Kingdom that endorse of very gradual rate over an extended period of time.
I am a proponent of the Ashton Manual, developed by Professor Heather Ashton in the UK which suggests converting short acting benzo’s to diazepam.
Diazepam is an extremely long acting benzo, which also comes in high doses, such as 10mg, 5mg,2mg flavors. By converting over to diazepam, it allows clinicians to taper someone off benzo’s at a very gradual rate over a long period of time. As long as 6 months to a year depending how each individual can tolerate the decrease without a myriad of issues including psychosis, and paranoia.just to name a few.
And of course these medications were prescribed originally for GAD, so in addition to tapering off the benzo’s the underlying issue of Anxiety must be addressed.
As lay person, I don’t understand how Doctors don’t understand how difficult it is to get off these medications, and that besides tapering these meds down, the underlying issues must be addressed through psychotherapy.
In conclusion, most of us who are in this boat are forced to develop are own detox program.
In my view if physicians have the authority to prescribe these medications they out to be educated on how to properly taper people off. It boggles my mind, that they just don’t know With that being the case something is radically wrong.
But it’s been my experience it’s very difficult to find physicians that totally understand benzodiazepines. There something wrong with that picture.
I am curious if others have run across this problem, and would like to hear your experiences.