Delia, I was very sleepy when I posted last night. So I decided to write down what I do now to make sure I explain it right. This will sound very complicated, but I'm trying to explain it a bit and make sure I don't leave out anything. It's really very simple and quick once you get used to doing it. I'll explain what I do to make even daily doses when not tapering. (I'll let others help you in the Benzo section of this site, when you're ready to taper. They can help you better with tapering than I can. But this will get you started on diluting your tablet and getting each daily dose as even as possible.) I'll paste in here what I just wrote down (I'm so used to doing it, I had to think about what I do!):
The suggestion I'm making for evening out the dose of a tablet over multiple days is based on what I do. It's not the exact method used for tapering with accurate measure of tiny drops in dose, but I'm not tapering at this time and others can give you more accurate information about how best to do that. (I've only done much-too-fast tapers, which I do NOT advise.) But I do think you should hold at .33 mg (1/3 tablet) per day for a while before starting to taper. The following is what has basically worked very well for me in dividing a tablet over multiple days, and is based on what works well for many people when they need to dilute the dose of a fat-soluble medication like clonazepam:
This only works for fat-soluble medications like clonazepam. It's based on the principle that a very wise lady who had a benzo forum (which is no longer in existence, unfortunately) found - that homogenized milk dilutes fat-soluble meds into what is close to being an evenly-disbursed solution. (Not an actual solution, but works well like one.) It is NOT her brilliant method for tapering, and I am not able to help with that. But I simplified part of what she recommends in order to even out my doses and it helped me enormously.
Basically, I put the clonazepam tablet in a measured amount of milk and swirl it around in a jar just slightly, then let it sit in the refrigerator at least an hour or more. Different tablets dissolve at different rates. Mine seems to dissolve quite quickly, but I usually start dissolving it the night before, then divide the doses (into small equal-size jars) in the morning. But when I've forgotten to do that, an hour or even less seems to work and not cause me problems.
The jars you use would be regular glass jars with lids that screw on. You may already have what you need in your kitchen. Otherwise simple canning (jelly) jars will do fine.
Just as an example, I dilute my tablet in 30 mL (cc) milk per dose, because I do twice-daily dosing and that permits me to see that doses are equal when I divide them into jars for each dose. So I measure out 120 mL milk into a jar and drop in my tablet to make 8 doses to last 4 days. You can probably use a smaller amount, though this amount works well for me. Don't use more because clonazepam should be taken on an empty stomach (ideally, at least three hours after eating and one hour before). But the small amount of milk used to dilute the dose doesn't seem to affect absorption and seems to dilute the dose very evenly.
In your case you would be dividing your tablet for three days, so I think measuring out 90 mL milk would work well. I recommend an oral syringe (no-needle type) to measure it out, but since you're not tapering, I think you could just measure the amount with a measuring spoon until you get the oral syringe. Just be sure to keep the measured amount consistent each time.
As I mentioned, the milk should not be ultra-pasteurized or ultra-heat process. Regular pasteurized woks fine. It must be homogenized.
I pour what I've found to be slightly more than the amount I need into one glass jar, then measure from that (with the oral syringe) the exact amount and put that into another jar that is just large enough that I can swirl it around slightly when I first put in the pill and again when I go to divide it into daily (in my case, twice-daily) doses later. Don't shake the jar! The homogenization of the milk will dissolve it quite well, and it's best not to get it all over the jar or inside of the lid by shaking it. That will make it harder to measure out for your three-day supply of doses. But if that does happen, it's easy to take care of because after measuring out your three daily doses, you'll then put a tiny bit of water into the original jar and swirl that around slightly and divide that like you do the milk (evenly into each day's dose jar) to be sure you get all of it.
You'll need three small jars with lids to measure out your three daily doses when the pill has had time to dissolve. They should be the exact same kind (same size and shape), because you'll pour the amount you dissolved into equal portions into the three jars. When they're even, put a small amount of water into the original jar and swirl it around and divide that into the three other jars til they too look as even as possible.
Once you get an oral syringe for measuring the milk, that should be for measuring the milk used to dilute the entire tablet only. You still divide the total into three little jars by pouring it. (When you're tapering in the future, you'll use a smaller syringe that can measure out the tiny amounts that you'll drop - but don't start tapering yet. Others here are much better at advising about how to drop in dose once you're stablized. I really recommend posting for advice on that in the Benzo section of this site, because there are people who mostly read there who are very knowledgeable about benzo tapering, and preventing the kind of problems you and I have had when tapering too fast or with uneven dosing.)
What I'm suggesting you do now (similar to what I'm doing) is much easier than it sounded. I just wanted to explain how you can make doses quite evenly divided. To others reading this, the milk method only works for fat-soluble medications. Clonazepam is fat-soluble, but some other benzos are not.
(Before I forget, when you do start using oral syringes in tapering, prepare them the first time by dropping in a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent and some water, then shaking them and then rinsing them very thoroughly. Probably a good idea to do this more than once. Just the first time you use them. Almost all oral syringes are coated with silicone which someone in that now-gone benzo forum I mentioned learned can absorb some of the milk liquid. Apparently the detergent helps get rid of the silicone coating in the barrel of the syringes. You don't need to worry about that now, I just wanted to write it down before I forget. Also, I can give you some tips on how to keep the oral syringe working well for quite a while and not sticking when you use the plunger. I don't want to confuse you or anyone with all that now. Remind me to post about it when you're starting to use syringes.)
Here's a summary of what I suggest now to make one tablet into three days' doses:
- Measure out the total milk you'll need for the 3 days' doses into a glass jar. About 30 mL or less per day, multipled by 3 for 3 days' doses. (Write down the amount so you can keep it consistent each time you do this.) Then drop the clonazepam tablet into the jar, put on the lid, and swirl the jar gently to help the tablet start dissolving. Swirl it very gently in a circular motion; don't shake it.
- Refrigerate the jar at least an hour, or overnight. When you're ready to take your first dose of the dissolved tablet, have 3 small (small jelly jar or even spice bottle is fine) jars in a row on the counter. Swirl the milk jar with the dissolved tablet like you did before, then remove the lid and pour the milk evenly into the 3 small dose jars. (You'll probably have to pour tiny bits of some into the other jars til you get it where it looks very evenly divided. With practice this will get easier; just pour very slowly.)
- Then put just a tiny amount of water into the original jar and swirl it to "rinse out" the rest to get the entire dose. Pour that remainer into the 3 dose jars so once again the 3 jars are even. This way you get the full 1 mg. over the 3 days and don't lose any.
- Put lids on two of the jars and refrigerate them immediately, and drink the other as your day's dose. Again, after drinking the day's dose, put in a tiny bit of water, swirl it, and drink the "rinse water" so you get the entire .33 mg.