I am currently on 600 mg lithium, 200 mg lomotrigene, 100mg seroquel and currently on about a 2 month tapering off 1mg clonazapam - currently down to .5 mg clonazapam- took me about a month of tapering to get to down to .5mg and continuing the taper by reducing about 1/4 of .5mg pill every week. I was severely depressed in early Jan. 2013 and had what I could describe as a nervous breakdown had a 1 week stay as voluntary walkin suicidal- was diagnosed bipolar type 2 in about 15 minutes and the meds started coming my way- meds helped me immensely in hospital- since then been up/down - lithium prescribed march 6th- had lithium panel done 1 week later - reading was .5- they upped me from 600-900mg- took it for 1 week did not tolerate the increase at all- went back down to 600- have had no lithium panels since my DR. told me I only needed them every 6 months- which from what I have read is wrong need them at the beginning at least 1 a month- still having some suicidal thoughts at times- believe meds are part of problem- had similiar breakdown once 30 years ago 3-5 days in hospital no meds went on with my life- my dream is to be well again with no meds or less meds- can you advise me on which med to start a responsible taper off next - after I get off the worst benzo- clonazapam- also please advise which of the meds I am on may actually be contributing to suicidal ideation instead of helping- this has been the worst 3 months of my life and I just want to reclaim my healthView Thread
my dr. is on board with the clonazapam taper - they originally prescribed 2 .5mg per day at least 12 hrs apart ( AS NEEDED) every thing i have read about clonazapam is you either take it or you do not- their is no as needed- and if you are taking 2 a day you can not bounce around- if you start out taking 2 you have to taper off slowly as I am doing - i was bouncing around for 2 months because i listened to instructions as needed before i started an intelligent taper with drs. approvalView Thread
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