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  1. Hi All, I've been on Ambien CR for nearly 10 years. Began to develop tolerance 5 years ago, So Psych Doc added 10mg of regular ambien (initially it was 5mg for breakthrough and later on it became 10 mg after couple of years. Also have Chronic anxiety. Was on lexapro for 8 years. anxiety improved after being diagnosed with moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and started on CPAP. Sleep doctor told me my anxiety would go off with the CPAP. Didn't belive her, but nearly 4 months into CPAP 75-80% of anxiety was down. Therefore with permission of PD tapered off lexaapro over 3 months. No problems. Year later, Father passed away - Guess, the subsequent grief and stress reactivated my anxiety and maybe depression accompanied it. New Psych Doc restarted back on lexapro 20. Also put me on Clonazepam 4 mg with advise to go up as needed to sleep to 8mg. started working around 6 mg. so stopped at that dose. Clonazepam has a tendency for me to stop working after 3-4 weeks. I guess my body wants more. So, instead of going up on Clonazepam, went back to the Ambien CR12.5 + regular ambien 10mg. He also started me on Nuvigil explaing that if I was up and perky all day long, I would sleep at night. Good theory. The Nuvigil did perk me up, but it also perked my anxiety. 6 months later tpered off the Nuvigil without problems. Then over 3 months tapered off the Lexapro - no problems. Trying to taper off the Ambien over 3 months - manged to come off it for 2 weeks ( 1st week - doc covered me with low dose phenobarbitol to prevent seizures. next week completely off all meds). Then some minor stressful event triggered off the insomnia again - so went back to the Ambien CR/Ambien combo. it helps me sleep, but by the end of the day I'm still jittery. tried Clonazepam at 6mg. works better - no jitteriness/anxiety on it, but know that it will sturate in 3 - 4 weeks. So, doing the Ambien CR/Ambien combo now. Doc advises me to do a Clonazepam taper - he recommend coming off 2% every week. Can't find a way to break my pills to make that 2% reduction. will need a compounding pharmacy to accomplish that. But worried that the Clonazepam might stop working (as it usually does) in 3-4 weeks. So, not sure if the tapering will work out. Question - should I do a Ambien taper or a clonazepam taper (at 2% per week). Where can I get a compounding pharmacy for liquid Ambien or liquid Clonazepam to accomplish the 2% taper?
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