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September 3rd, 2010, 08:29 AM
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Hi. I just found out that I am pregnant. I have had very bad anxiety and ocd my entire adult life. I am taking .5mg of klonopin a day. I have been told that I need to go off cold turkey. I tried and haven't slept in 2 days and am having terrible withdrawal. I have been on this med for years daily. I do not want to hurt my baby, but fear I will come unhinged and out my body in benzo shock.

Anyone been on klonopin and found out hey were pregnant? If so did you taper off? I am so scared! Any advice?
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September 3rd, 2010, 10:00 AM
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Who told you to quit cold turkey???? That is the worst advice ever... That will be dangerous for you and your baby if you don't wean yourself off of it carefully and under a doctor's supervision. If a doctor told you this, please get a 2nd opinion!!!

I was on a very high dosage of xanax when I found out I was pregnant (my psychiatrist at the time was a quack.. lol.. and he had me on an insane amount). My psychiatrist I was seeing at the time I found out I was pregnant slowly weaned me off of it. I was still taking xanax throughout my entire 1st trimester, and some of the 2nd, though. He said that was better than quitting cold turkey. Both you and the baby will go through withdrawals if you quit cold turkey. It was hard (especially mentally... I was so scared of not having it), but since I slowly tapered off of the meds, it wasn't terrible.

I'm not a doctor, but I suggest you continue taking your normal dosage until a doctor tells you how to safely wean off it.

Btw, my son was and is healthy even though I was on xanax for a large part of my pregnancy =)

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September 3rd, 2010, 04:23 PM
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Thank you for your advice. My obgyn wants me off by 8 weeks. I just tested positive so she said I can taper. But didn't tell me how. I guess I will cut my pill a little each day for 4 weeks. I will keep posting because I am very scared and need encouragement.
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September 4th, 2010, 09:21 AM
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The doctor wants me to try Buspar for anxiety while I taper and seroquel to sleep. I used to be on seroquel before. I feel like I am taking more meds to get off the one bad one. Please pray for me to get off klonopin and have a healthy baby.
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