Jump to content

Arc1990: Clonazepam liquid as drops - How to reduce by 10%


Recommended Posts

Sorry if you're posting this in the wrong place, I'm new here, I'm not fluent in English either. Please do not consider possible errors. I used clonazepam for  three years, I tried to quit this twice and it was absolutely horrible experiences. I would like to understand how to do this safely, I was directed to this forum via Facebook, they said that I could get help here and that a moderator could give me access to benzobuddies. I can not sign up for benzobuddies. All email I submit for registration counts as invalid. My question is mainly aimed at understanding how I can measure the 10% decrease from previous dosage. When I heard that the correct thing would be to reduce the dose to 10% per month, I figured it was 10% of the initial dose. I use 20 drops of liquid clonazepam, how can I measure 10% of 18 drops? Is not that impossible?

Link to comment
  • scallywag changed the title to Arc1990: How to reduce by 10% when taking liquid drops
  • Moderator Emeritus

Arc -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)


You're very smart to be doing research before starting to decrease your dose of medication.  You may wish to start a topic in our Members-only benzo forum where the moderators are more familiar with benzodiazepine medications and withdrawal.


I'm not sure if 10% decreases are a recommended approach for tapering off benzodiazepine medication.  We have an information topic about the recommendations of Dr. Heather Ashton, the doctor who first developed sane and safe tapering for benzos, and the subsequent changes to her initial protocols here:

Ashton and beyond in benzo tapering


If 10% decreases are the way you choose to taper, one relatively simple way to get the 90% next dose (10% decrease) would be to dilute the drops. It's easy to do for the decrease from 18 drops to 16.2 -- put the drops into 10 ml water and then take 9 ml. After that decrease, one or two more calculations are needed.  Next decrease is to 14.6 drops. Put one drop in 10 ml of water, take 6 ml of the solution (0.6 drops) PLUS take 14 drops from the bottle.


If you need assistance with math, please let us know. There are some of us here that are happy to help.

Edited by scallywag

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

Link to comment
  • scallywag changed the title to Arc1990: Clonazepam liquid as drops - How to reduce by 10%
  • 6 months later...

Arc any update?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use Privacy Policy