Just wondering which is ideal to use for, say 2-6 weeks to help with methadone withdrawal: clonazepam (Klonopin/Rivotril), lorazepam (Ativan), or a combo of both (say using a low dose of clonazepam 1x a day and using the lorazepam on top as needed)?
I don't want to have withdrawal symptoms from the benzo when I stop, but even the acute stage of methadone withdrawal lasts for a very long time (usually a month or more in my experience), so it's unrealistic for me to only take the benzo for a few days. I'm thinking maybe benzo withdrawal could be avoided/minimized by tapering off the benzo(s) when stopping? Thoughts?
Would clonazepam be more dependence-causing than lorazepam but perhaps easier to taper?
Anything else I should know? Anyone done this? I am thinking a rapid taper off the methadone using a combo of either clonidine or lofexidine plus the aforementioned benzo(s). I'm thinking: the methadone would be decreased, while the other drugs would be increased, and then I would just stop the methadone completely, stabilize on the other drugs, then taper off them.