Any positive stories about Benzo tapering? I need hope

Posted by sears @sears, Nov 9, 2019

Would love to hear some positive stories from people whom have tapered off benzos. Positive only please. Give me some hope. No horror stories! I need some encouragement!

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@dryrun50

I am 65. Have taken 10mgs of zanex for 20yrs. The VA just quit prescribing benzos so they just stopped. No tapering NOTTA. I had a seizure. Really thought I was gonna die. Now it has been 5 months. My muscles.are twitching. I feel terrible. Feels like electricity flowing through my veins. The least sound makes me jump(never had a high startle response).HELP!

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How are you doing? Are things getting better for you?

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@sears

How are you doing? Are things getting better for you?

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Hi @sears I'm doing very well thanks. I guess I'm pretty lucky although I took 1-1.5 mg and once in a while 2mg for well over twenty years I haven't had any side effects yet tapering. It's easy to break 1 mg tablets in half and quarters with a Walgreens pill splitter the in between sizes I just file some off with a finger nail file. If you can get your dr. to write a lower dose generic alprazolam for you the price isn't that high cash price no insurance. Maybe get feeling better and start a slow taper. I also read that vigorous exercise is good for building Gabba in the brain so it helps lessen the effects of reducing your intake. I am up to doing about 180-200 minutes a week. trying to get my heart rate up to around 80% of max. Maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. If you can't do it just start by doing what you can I am absolutely certain it helps the way I feel big-time. I do mine on a treadmill 3.5 degree incline 3.4 mph.Hope this helps in some way and I wish you all the best

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So glad to hear you’re doing so well! I know exercise really helps. Thanks for the advice. Keep us posted. It’s stories like yours we’re all wanting to hear!

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@sears

So glad to hear you’re doing so well! I know exercise really helps. Thanks for the advice. Keep us posted. It’s stories like yours we’re all wanting to hear!

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Update. I was able to jump off altogether on Easter Sunday. Tapering and exercise did work very well for me. I had a bunch of small pieces of xanax cut up and ready to keep tapering but I was feeling so good with no bad effects I decided to give a jump-off a try and just did it and have felt just fine every day. I realize I started from a pretty low dose but it was for over twenty years. I pray for everyone looking to quit and I wish all who post and read here the very very best. You can do it be patient and don't take giant steps.

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@jimk849

Update. I was able to jump off altogether on Easter Sunday. Tapering and exercise did work very well for me. I had a bunch of small pieces of xanax cut up and ready to keep tapering but I was feeling so good with no bad effects I decided to give a jump-off a try and just did it and have felt just fine every day. I realize I started from a pretty low dose but it was for over twenty years. I pray for everyone looking to quit and I wish all who post and read here the very very best. You can do it be patient and don't take giant steps.

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Congratulations! I know you are so relieved!

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Way to go, @jimk849 !! That is great news to hear. I am glad you didn't have any major side effects. How's the exercise going?

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Thank you. The exercise is going great, the gym is closed for covid 19 it's going to be awhile in Illinois. I have a treadmill in the house I still do a lot of mins sometimes my legs get pretty tired and I take a few days off to recoop and get started again it keeps my BP in good shape. I also have a rescued dog from Hurricane Harvey and my wife and I take her out for a mile walk each day weather permitting on top of the bathroom breaks. At my age now it's use it or lose it so I'm trying to keep moving so I can have a good long retirement hopefully. Since the gym is closed I'm also trying to do some planks and push-ups to work upper body but that is uphill but gaining a little ground, that too is slow and steady, it seems that's a good approach to many things. At my age I'm finally learning to be patient it never was my strong suit. Good luck to all who read on this thread.

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@jimk849

Update. I was able to jump off altogether on Easter Sunday. Tapering and exercise did work very well for me. I had a bunch of small pieces of xanax cut up and ready to keep tapering but I was feeling so good with no bad effects I decided to give a jump-off a try and just did it and have felt just fine every day. I realize I started from a pretty low dose but it was for over twenty years. I pray for everyone looking to quit and I wish all who post and read here the very very best. You can do it be patient and don't take giant steps.

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What dose were you on and how long did you taper?

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@sears

What dose were you on and how long did you taper?

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I was on about 1.5 mg to occasionally 2mg per day for well over 20 years never got up there, had random drug testing where i worked and that probably was a blessing as far as going up the ladder. I'm thinking I started tapering sometime in Jan. this year and didn't take any thing on Easter Sunday and haven't since. I think tapering slowly not taking big cuts to derail yourself and as much exercise as you can safely tolerate helps a lot also gave up diet coke for lent and drank near a gallon of water a day and although I'm drinking diet coke again nothing like the amount I drank before I just don't crave it like I did before. Good luck to all on their own personal journey

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