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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Do NOT go to detox, they will taper you much much too quickly! Big mistake. Google the Ashton Manual, get your doctor on board( if you can) and definitely switch to Valium for your taper. Switching to Valium makes taper so much easier, not completely painless but definitely easier!
I completely understand how you feel. I've been on Klonopin for 16 years and I was on Lexapro for 5 years and they stopped working. I am 53 years old and have had anxiety, depression, and panic attacks all my life. I don't know why the doctors don't tell you that these addictive drugs stop working after so many years. I quit the Lexapro cold turkey in December and had some anxiety, but that went away. Lexapro aka Escitalapram is for depression and anxiety. I've always been a nervous person. I was on 2mg of Klonopin, but I went down to 1mg several months ago. I get migraines and my Neurologist put me on Topiramate which later I found out is similar to a Benzodiazepine. Gosh, why didn't I research this drug first. I'm on a lot of medication for chronic pain, but I really want to get off the Klonopin. I've been to detox hospitals before, but with the pandemic, I don't know if they are doing that anymore. How did you get off of Klonopin?
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I would not go to a detox hospital. They are notorious for tapering too quickly which really sets you back.
I am on 3.80 mg diazepam on a slow liquid taper. Am having a very difficult time. I am 77 and was put on diazepam 14 years ago for pelvic spasms. My dose was eventually upped to35mg then doc decided to take me off in 6 days. I knew nothing about Benzos or withdrawal. It was horrible. I thought I was dying. The doctor never told me what was happening. That was 10 years ago. 35 mg was finally reinstated then was given cipro for a bladder infection and went thru cold turkey again. My nervous system has never been the same. Have been trying to titrate down since it was finally reinstated.
I am so discouraged and sick from even very small cuts. I also have chronic pain which increases with withdrawal. I so much want to get off this poison. It has taken 10 years of my life from me. It is good to hear you are doing well. So many are suffering from Benzo withdrawal sometimes for years after stopping. Very few doctors know how to taper. You have to do it yourself.
I've been off psyche meds myself for almost seven years and completely agree. There is book, called Unhinged, by a Boston area Psychiatrists, Daniel J. Carpet, who explains pretty much why doctors won't help. Psychiatry has been taken over by drug companies. It started in the 80s, and has spiraled out of country since. Something like only one in ten still offer therapy. They are simply med pushers. The most disturbing part to me is along with all the dangerous side-effects the medication comes with, much of doesn't even work well at all.
I agree completely.
At least my psychiatrist is letting me manage my own taper schedule depending on my withdrawal symptoms.
The FDA approves the drugs with no path required by the drug companies on how to get off of them. You can die getting off Benzos and alcohol. The pharmacist didn’t tell me to put the liquid diazepam in water or juice so I irritated my throat. Had to Google it then called. They agreed and said it didn’t matter how much water but to drink it all. You really have to educate yourself on everything involved in the process.
So happy that you are psych med free. Sure hope I get there.
Especially the antidepressants. They work well for very few people and are absolute hell to discontinue.
I was on Xanax for about 25 year's. I have been off of them for about 10 years now. I tapped of off them under Doc Care it took about 3 month to do so. . Life is better now that I have quite taking them
Psychiatry is a dying discipline. I worked at a state 'asylum.' In the 1980's when psych medications became prescribed widely in the USA, laws were created to free the mentally ill of the 'bondage' of state hospitals. The patients had Rights. Thus, the institutions released in droves chronically mentally ill people into the community, with inadequate services, to become homeless or die by suicide or in some cases hypothermia or starvation. This was largely due to the fact that the first thing the mentally ill do is stop taking their medication. This process was done under the guise that as long as people took their psych meds, they could live a normal life. In the '80's and '90's our census went from 1600 patients to 300. I asked a retiring psychiatrist how long the antidepressants worked as I was on Prozac. He said about 2 years and then his patients needed to be switched to a different antidepressant. I had much respect for this doctor because he devoted his life to helping the mentally ill and one does not get rich helping others.
I can only share my own Santa experience when I was first prescribed Xanax I had no idea of what it was the doctor told me it would be good my anxiety I didn't even take it for a while.. eventually I tried it I noticed it was very very good for anxiety but then I started abusing it a bit took one as soon as I felt slightly anxious ..big mistake.. started becoming somewhat dependent on them.. tell my psychiatrist he weaned me off of them because I had read a lot of horror stories.. good I started learning to deal with my anxiety and other ways meditation exercise my diet I noticed eliminating sugar alcohol and Darry helped a lot which they claim can be triggered.. but then I found I still had days I need a little help went back to the doctor got a refill of Xanax and now I take them as needed and along with all my other tools they are just another tool that I don't need every day but nice to have it on those really bad days
My doctor prescribed Xanax 8 years ago for sleep after my sister died very suddenly. I have taken .25 mg as needed ever since, mostly for sleep help but sometimes for anxiety and/or panic. I don't take it often, and 20 pills usually lasts me for several months. I have never felt addicted or suffered any negative consequences from taking it occasionally, but now after reading comments on this forum, I am feeling anxious about taking it.
It depends on how often you take it but xanax is virtually all out of your system in 2-4 days and half is gone in about 11 hours. Although I’d check with a physician to be sure but if you have gone that long without any withdrawal symptoms I wouldn’t worry about it.
I used to feel afraid too … I would read the experiences of others… when I tapered I didn't have any issues others had… and I'm 3 months no ativan… I knew I wanted to get off and I tapered the way my Dr told me and took it one day at a time. You got this!
I'm wondering if anyone had success with tapering off benzos in 3 weeks. I have been on lorazepam since January with a max dose of 2mg/day. My primary and neurologist recommend I taper down from 1.5mg in 3 weeks. I'm having horrible tolerance symptoms so I just want to get off of it but everything I read says that is way too fast.
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