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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I have been tapering off diazepam for months now. This is not my first time trying, but this time I've learned from previous shortcomings. My plan was to try and trick my body to not notice the change. This means slow and steady. So for example, if I was a custom to taking 20mg a day. Week 1 I would go down to 19mg(this can be challenging depending on how easy it is to divide the pills). Every week I removed another mg from my daily regime. It took 5 months! But by reducing the amounts so slowly I think it helped my body and mind adapt without having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. It's really important that you do not cheat and tell yourself that you deserve a bit more because you've had a rough day. Stay strong, focused and proud of yourself for doing the right thing for your health and family. For extra support, I did start incorporating CBD oil and I believe it did help me and I still take it daily.
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As of Feb 2021 how are you doing now? I have been on Xanax for 30 years and have tapered from 3 mg to 1 mg in 7 weeks. It’s very painful but I feel I am making progress. I know going from 1mg to 0 will be very soul searching and take several months. I have started on CBD oil and it seems to help. I really liked your post from 2019 and was encouraging. I would love to hear on an update if you are still online.
SERENITY This sounds like an extremely fast taper. Tapering is not a race. It’s getting yourself off these meds as easily as possible with no long lasting side effects. Don’t rush this process.
I am 80 and over the past year have tapered off 3 meds-one at a time (lorazepam, clonazepam and fluoxetine in that order). My family doctor allowed me to do it at my own pace and I just kept reducing the amounts and spacing the doses as much as I could. A pill cutter was helpful. The only thing was not sleeping as well as I used to but other wise it has gone well. I had been on those meds forever.
I have been on similar meds for several years to manage my anxiety and depression. How are you managing the condition for which you were taking those meds or do you no longer need them.
Sounds like you have a wonderful doctor.
I’d like to know too!
I started tapering down off clonazepam well this coming Tuesday it will be two weeks. I've been on it seven years and give 1mg my first week I had the shakes a few times but they've stopped I went from the 1mg to .05 mgs I'm staying on this another week and then drop it down to .25 mgs that's twice a day for two weeks and then I'm cutting those in half so its a really small dose and I'm going to take it once a day for a week and then stop completely.
I think there are a few factors in the tapering and that is you have to really want to come off them and you definitely need support through it, be it your doctor or a therapist you HAVE to work on your coping skills this is vital. You need to keep yourself busy exercise walk nothing heroic, but getting air and nature helps me so much also people with Anxiety and Panic Attacks are at times neglectful of themselves it takes everything to manage an attack, but it we look at it differently through self care you'll find it calms you down and actually centers you. So take the bubble bath or shower I take the time to feel the water. It's our time to be really caring about ourselves as we go through this process. That's what has helped me succeed I wanted off the MEDs.
I want to say I'm starting to feel clearer not in a brain fog anymore, its amazing its like a whole new world I even hear things better I'm far more aware of what's going on around me and I have to say I had an issue with falling I hope that's over. I am feeling so much better it's amazing.
Don't get me wrong I was grateful for the clonazepam it saved my life seven years ago, but now I'm ready to take on day at a time and get on with my life its really been on hold the last seven years.
I'm not sure if this information has been posted yet or not, but, if you're trying to taper off of Benzo's, I'd
suggest looking at this doctors approach (dr. Heather Ashton) otherwise known as the Ashton Manual
Excellent way to taper.
I’ve by taking 10mg Zanex three times a day for about 20 years (it’s now 10/21/21). It was always prescribed by the VA. Now, suddenly, they, the VA, want me to stop taking ZANEX. I am terrified of side effects. I have never abused it or gotten any kind of highness. I DONOT use alcohol or other drugs. Only what I’m prescribed, Wellbutrin. I feel wonderful, energetic, social, clear headed & overall well and happy. I am 66, in good shape and I’m a high energy person. I began taking Zanex after a tragic event in my life, rendering me helpless to do anything. I do not like change. Im afraid. Wouldn’t detox be safer than weaning off Zanex? 30mg daily is a lot but haven’t I built up a tolerance?
Thanksgiving and Xmas is the worse & most stressful time of the year for me. I don’t want the frequent panic attacks to start again. I faint. I’m afraid I will get hurt, crack my skull, if I’m alone when I faint.
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