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Any positive stories about Benzo tapering?

Addiction & Recovery | Last Active: Mar 15 11:45am | Replies (149)

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@helenfrances

Thank you so much for writing! You inspire me and give me hope.
I visited the doctor who prescribed Clonazapam. I too am your age and I took this DRUG for decades. I am dependent (rather than addicted) to it. Is there a difference?!!
(I now have mild cognitive impairment.) He is referring me to a psychiatrist who will manage the the ongoing decrease in taking this drug… a neurologist has already prescribed a med that lessens the loss of memory..Escitalopram.

I considered what the consequences should be for a well meaning doctor who prescribed a medication that affects memory and mood!!
I also asked myself! .. why did I not read the pharmaceutical info!!

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I know what you mean Helen! I have suffered from severe anxiety and panic for 30 years. My physchiatrist and GP never warned me about the danger of these drugs. Never! I should have researched myself but did well for 30 years. The Xanax completely turned on me and the Paxil quit working. I wound up in the hospital for 3 days. Couldn’t eat or sleep. Just cry. Now I’m in a mess . My physchiatrist of 25 plus years totally abandoned me and I had to find a new doctor to help me out of this nightmare. I’m trying to figure out what to do about my physchiatrist, just don’t have the energy to deal with it yet.

I have taken for decades also.