Klonopin Dosage: The Definite Guide to Safe and Effective Amount

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Clonazepam, better known by its brand name Klonopin, is a drug which belongs to the group of medications called benzodiazepines. These drugs are known to be useful in the treatment of panic attacks and anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD). Klonopin works by reducing abnormal electrical activity in the brain – it can be helpful in controlling anxiety and prevention of panic attacks. Klonopin dosage will depend on several factors including the patient’s age and medical condition. Therefore, one’s average Klonopin dose varies significantly, according to these influencing factors. This article will outline the correct dosage of Klonopin and its safest and most effective practices.

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About Klonopin Dosage in General

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Klonopin most often comes in a tablet form. Regular tablets are to be taken orally with water while disintegrating ones (wafers) can be swallowed without water. The prescribed dose is usually taken one to three times daily, on a full or empty stomach. Interestingly enough, higher doses don’t necessarily mean better efficiency. In fact, higher doses are associated with more adverse side effects.

However, that is not to say titration is out of the question. Some patients may benefit from an exponential increase of their Klonopin dosage. The recommended amount for adults is 0.25 mg twice a day, with the dosage usually jumping to 1mg per day after three days of usage. This is considered a safe amount. In patients who undergo titration, the dosage may be increased by 0.125mg to 0.25mg twice a day, every three days until the symptoms of the patient’s condition are under control or until intolerance appears. 

Maintaining one’s dosage properly is essential for a sustainable treatment. Going ‘cold turkey’ and deciding to get off clonazepam, or any other benzodiazepine, in fact, should never be an option. Doing so could lead to severe Klonopin withdrawal symptoms and potentially harmful adverse effects. Instead, stopping the usage should be achieved by a controlled, gradual decrease in Klonopin dosing, instructed by one’s doctor.

Lowest, Average and Highest Klonopin Dose

To medicate with Klonopin safely, one should be taking the smallest effective quantity of the drug consistently. This, together with good patient management, will ensure the user has the lowest chances of developing dependence or overdosing on the drug.

  • The lowest dose of Klonopin is 0.25mg twice daily. This is also the amount which is advised at the beginning of one’s treatment.
  • The normal amount then increases to 1.5mg per day, divided into three doses.
  • The highest dose of Klonopin should never exceed 20mg per day when it comes to treating seizures. In geriatric and pediatric cases (elderly and children) the dose should be lower.

Addiction to the drug may result in the overdose of Klonopin as tolerance, and irresponsible usage comes into play. Abusers who combine alcohol and this potent central nervous system depressant are more exposed to additive CNS depression.

The joined effects of alcohol and other depressants slow down brain activity which could lead to dangerous outcomes if one performs a task which requires mental alertness. Apart from external dangers, this combination may lead to respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, or even death. That is why there is no time to wait for Klonopin addiction treatment.

The Dosage of Klonopin by Age and Condition

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Children, infants, in particular, should never take more than 0.2mg per one kilogram of their body mass for seizures. It’s also worth mentioning safe and effective use hasn’t been fully established when it comes to panic disorders people from these age groups experience.

The average Klonopin dose for adults 1.5mg a day unless the seizures are adequately controlled. It is important that the dosage is increased in small increments (0.5 – 1mg) every three days until the symptoms fade away, or the adverse effects worsen. Either way, the highest dose of Klonopin should never exceed 20mg.

For seizure patients who are 65 years of age or older, there is no set average dose. Patients from this age group should be observed and start on low doses of the drug.

As for panic disorders, adults should medicate with lower amounts. The lowest dose of Klonopin is 0.25mg and an increase to the target dose of 1mg per day may be made three days later. Again, it is still uncertain what the safety measure is for elderly and children with panic disorders.

Occasional and Preventative Use

Some people may choose to tackle their seizures or anxiety disorders as they appear. This occasional use may help better manage their symptoms. However, it is important to keep in mind that this way of usage comes with side effects, too.

Withdrawal symptoms can be quite harsh and are different for everyone. Some people reported side effects appearing months after taking the medication. To limit dangers of adverse effects and addiction the Klonopin recreational dose is 0.25-0.5mg three times daily. The highest dose of Klonopin for anxiety should never exceed 20mg per day, in three increments. 

There is not one, universal Klonopin dosage. The best results this drug can offer depend on several factors, including one’s age, condition, and medical history. It is important to go above the minimum amount to feel the effects. Equally, it is important not to exceed the maximum quantity which could lead to severe health complications.

One’s doctor will determine the patient’s correct dosage. Thus, he or she will ensure the patient has the lowest chances of developing a dependency to the drug or overdosing on it. Some practices are ubiquitous; for example, one should never stop taking the drug out of the blue. Similarly, a patient shouldn’t miss or increase the prescribed dose before first talking to the doctor. The key to a safe and effective Klonopin dosage is in respecting and following the doctor’s instructions. 

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Klonopin Dosage: The Definite Guide to Safe and Effective Amount

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  • I take .5 mg when I have very high anxiety. I feel relief within 1/2 hour. I try not to take a second dose unless absolutely necessary. Can I do this indefinitely without addiction. ?

    • I suppose it would depend on how often you are treating your issue? daily, weekly or whatever. while I can’t give you a direct answer as it depends on you. if it was occasional use I doubt addiction would be the outcome. I like the way I feel after and it deffinately helps anxiety as you know. I have taken it somewhere between 10 and 15 times a month without actual withdrawal symptoms. Though I probably would like to and may take more if it was there.

    • John Doe, this is John Smith. I have been advised the same as you towards a dose and I try to not take (3) .5 doses a day. With one .5 tablet, I get relief within 1/2 hr. It has been the most effective med I have ever taken for anxiety.

    • This is what I have done for years, and have had no problem with addiction. I was told by my Psychiatrist that the danger arises when you need to take it multiple times per day, several days in a row. At that point you should probably call your Psychiatrist. If you are only having to take it 2-3 times per week you should be fine. I go through months like that, then the anxiety gets a little better and I have no problem “getting off” of it.

    • I started at .5mg for a long time. In fact I could get by on half of a tablet for an entire day. Worked for years. Recently it hasn’t had the same effect. I’m now taking 1.5mg total daily. Which is still considered a low dose, but I am concerned it’s increasing. I’m going to see a therapist to see if that helps.

    • I have been taking this for 6 years now, on an as needed basis (1mg). It takes away most of my anxiety and helps with my breathing becoming natural. For me, this has been the best medicine I’ve ever taken for anxiety, it’s like magic. I remember driving on the highway and I thought I was gonna pass out, this med saved me.

    • I have been on it for 23 years and I have no problem with addiction. I find this medication can make you incredibly depressed if you take it when not needed. When I have an anxiety or panic attack I take .5mg (that’s point five) and if I do not improve over the next 30 minutes I take a second pill. I have never had an issue where I crave for the and have gone as long as 48 days without using them.

  • Where can you get the green 1mg

    • I believe the manufacturer is Maylan. I too notice a difference in the different manufacturers. Sandov was my favorite which was blue vs. Green and different people different effects.

  • how long may it take until my body gets used to klonopin, and deems in ineffective?

  • OMG! I take 1mg 3x a day! My ins recently got cancelled and I have been off it for 4 days and I definitely feel the withdrawal effects. I’m so tense and anxious. I can feel tired but my body is awake. I can’t keep my eyes close I just lay there like a zombie. I keep stretching my logs and it’s never enough they are always restless. I’m biting the inside of my mouth something horrible I do it so much I hurt myself bc I don’t even realize I’m doing it until it’s causing pain. I don’t even know if I should go back on it at this point. Do I just continue to go through this until it’s gone? Do I go back on it? I’ve been taking it for 5 yrs. it wasn’t always this dose. Eeeek! What do I do?!

    • Jill, contact your doctor right away. You do not need to suffer like this. It sounds like after your insurance was cancelled you stopped cold turkey. This is VERY DANGEROUS. You doctor should be able to help you wean off the meds slowly. This is an old drug, and my experience, even without insurance it is quite affordable. Go to Walmart pharmacy for best prices.
      I take it for anxiety and rls and related leg movement issues. Your withdrawal symptoms echo mine when I have “run out” and not filled my next prescription.
      Please call your Dr. ASAP!
      I am looking into alternatives to clonazepam(klonopin) die to long term side effects. I have been on and off it for many years.
      Good luck !

    • Will your insurance pay now? I’d ask for generic. I too bite the insides of my cheeks until they bleed. I try to chew gum and that does help but Klonopin is the best way to decrease my anxiety. I too can’t sleep without it. I’m in kind of a half sleep where I know I’m awake but can’t move. If I take it I can actually sleep and have dreams. Anxiety s**ks!

    • I to had to stop cold turkey..NIGJTMARE .i suffered siesires contiuously .I was hopitaised for 5 days and stil i was only got a two week supply.pl pls call the dr.and DONT DO THIS ALONE!!! i truly hope you get the proper help GOOD LUCK & GOD BLESS.ANY ? PLS FEEL FREE TO ASK!!

  • There is an app called Good RX. This makes the script about 5 bucks.

  • I take it everyday for anxiety and now I’m afraid to miss a day. It gives me more anxiety! I feel like because I’ve been on it for years that if I skip a day I’ll have a seizure or something really bad will happen. I usually only take 1/2 of a 0.5mg tablet a day, so.sometimes I take the full tablet. Anyone else does this way and have problems missing a day?

  • Klonopin, at least for me, was not a good drug for me. I was prescribed 3mg/day for anxiety. This was 30 yrs ago. I have attempted many times throughout the years to get this monkey off my back. I was never told it was addictive. Within 2 weeks, I was addicted. If I missed a dosage, withdrawal symptoms were not far behind. The withdrawal was so difficult even with titrated dosing, that I would return to my routine dosage. Finally, 4 months ago I attempted to titrate down again. But, this time I had medical marijuana to help me. I suffered very few withdrawal symptoms. It took 6 weeks of titrations and medical marijuana to free me of this addictions. I continued the medical marijuana for 2 weeks after I was completely off this drug. Then I was able to stop that as well. My God, it’s like someone turned the light on in a dark room. I didn’t know how adversely this drug was affecting my brain. If I have anxiety now, I practice deep breathing to alleviate it. Deep breathing and medical marijuana saved my physical well being and sanity during withdrawal.

  • I’ve been prescribed 1mg twice a day ..onve in the morning and once at night by my dr for anxiety along with prozac 10 mg once per day . Is this a high dose of klonopin?

    • I also take Klonopin .5 mg with Prozac. (10 mg every other day) I also take 150mg cbd gel caps and vape during the day if I’m still anxious. I am hoping to increase the Klonopin because I won’t be able to take my cbd on the plane with me when I go on vacation.

  • I have spastic legs and kick throughout the night. The doctor decided on Klonopin and it worked math 4.5 mg tablets before going to bed. Over the course of a couple years that became 6.5 milligram tablets before going to bed. Now I’m taking eight .5 mg tablets before going to bed. If the maximum dose is 20 per day in three doses 4 million mg is still not the maximum dose but it seems like a lot and it also seems like maybe I should be taking larger those pills since .5 is not the largest dosage pill that they make.

  • Hi everybody my name is Gary and I over take everything I get which is a bad thing cause I can take enough drugs to kill a horse and that’s alot trust me I know this the doctors tell me all the time to slow down and enjoy life while it’s still here and how did you get your doctor to prescribe you 6.5 Mgs of klonopin

  • I take 30mg a day..yes 30mg. Started out at 0.5mg 10 years ago. Anxiety kept getting worse, so I kept increasing my dosage. I am now doomed with no future outlook of getting out of this hell hole that I have dug myself into. Tried to taper with no success. The cons of my life outway the pros. I have come to peace that soon I will die, as the withdrawal are so severe I would rather die intoxicated on this drug than go to the depths of hell to get off it. I did have a good family.job etc, now all that is gone cause of this evil drug.

    • You are describing addiction. I know, I have been there. There is life after addiction, you do not have to live in hell. Have you tried AA/NA? Just a thought.

  • I was prescribed klonopin .5mg for insomnia. I only take half of that (.25) maybe once a week if I can’t sleep.

    I don’t typically have an addictive personality. Was able to quite drinking when I was young just because.

    Anyways, Am i safe from addiction or withdrawals at this dose and frequency?

  • I have been on klonipin for almost 5 years, maybe more. My memory and cognitive skills are definitely suffering, as well as hair loss and dependence. I know the risks and last year got down to 1 mg a day but I was not very functional even with that tapering. I am back up to 3 mg a day and still noticing it is not enough for my anxiety but I refuse to take more. I really dont want to disrupt my life with inpatient treatment but tapering on my own has not been successful, and even with insurance inpatient care is unbelievably expensive. I was told other medication like Vistaril and gabapentin can be good alternatives if tapering down. Does anybody have any experience with other medications to aid in getting off them or other ways to get off them?

  • Weight loss may affect usage.

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