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Sun, Jan 20 5:24pm · Weening Off of Ativan For Sleep in Sleep Health

Did he literally say that you will need medication for the rest of your life? Hypnosis is said to help some people, others (me for example) have been helped by mindful meditation. The Benzodiazepine group of drugs including Clonazepam are widely used but have so many documented side effects (and the risk of tolerance developing) that although they sometimes have to be used (hopefully short term) for certain indications such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder I thought they were drugs of last choice for sleep disorders?

Mar 27, 2018 · Autonomic Neuropathy in Neuropathy

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Mar 19, 2018 · How to Help Myself with Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Depression & Anxiety

It is true that some people with SEVERE depression may need very long term medication as part of their treatment but this is not normally the case for mild to moderate depression as I understand it. Furthermore medication alone is not normally enough, lifestyle changes including healthy eating/exercise/social interactions are also needed. Many people (of which I am one) find that exercise and mindful meditation is essential for minimizing depression and anxiety. I would also add, respectfully, that comparing the use of psychoactive drugs to a need for insulin is evading the issue. Insulin is a hormone needed in part to metabolize carbohydrates/fats which is a relatively simple and well understood process. Antidepressants of different types affect highly complex brain chemistry in different ways that are not completely understood. And unlike insuin they have a whole host of potential CNS side affects including the potential for habituation or even addiction, especially the benzodiazapines such as xanax, ativan, klonipin and vallium. It is all to easy for a doctor to write a script for a "mental health drug" and it is indeed often a required first step…..motivating patients to adopt essential lifestyle changes however must be much more difficult. I was lucky.

Mar 15, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

My experience with Ativan, which is the same family as Klonopin was similar in that the last .25mg was the most difficult to get off. I Reduced to 0.125 ( sharb blade needed to cut the tablets!) However, it is a sub therapeutic dose and as such I wonfered at the time if the withdrawal symptoms were psychological rather than physiological. Exercise and sunlight helps of course.

As an aside, your Dr has no right to get angry with you. You are paying his salary… by virtue of your membership in a health care insurance scheme. He can advise against weaning off and even refuse to give you a presciption for 0.5 mg but angry…! Uu

Mar 8, 2018 · Yearning to be Addiction-Free ASAP but ask for helpful Ideas Thx! in Depression & Anxiety

I basically agree with all your comments. Benzos short term may help a lot of people but once you get habituated, or worse yet addicted they are very difficult to wean away from. I was on low dose ATVAN (2mg daily) and it took me five months to get off it by reducing by 10% every two weeks. (And I am a control freak that does things by the book). This meant cutting the 0.5mg pills with a very sharp blade which is not accurate but…it worked. Ironically in some European countries to get off fast acting ATIVAN they switch you to slower acting Vallium and wean you off that. Klonopin and Xanax are also quicker acting and present problems.

As for antidepressants, as I understand it there are several classes depending upon the mode of action and yet many specialists use trial and error rather than testing to see which class is appropriate. I suffered from Maturity onset depression for two years after I retired and eventually gave up trying to find an anti depressant that worked and took up exercise (recumbent trike ) and mindful meditation. Luckily they gave me about 90% relief. The key is to get out of bed when you wake up and draw the curtains. Let in the light. Then get out of the house! Just driving to a nearby coffee shop and reading a book is a good distraction. The more you are at home alone brooding the worse depression gets.

Be careful of so called natural products though. Some interact with pharmaceuticals, some contain dangerous impurities, some don't contain the stated level of active ingredients. And the bioavailbiility of the active ingredient may vary from batch to batch. And worse yet most are not supported by peer reviewed statistically based clinical trials.

And in case you think I am anti pharma I should note that I worked for big pharma for years at a very senior level. Yes some of their pricing and marketing is disgusting and drugs do have side effects BUT overall big pharma improves the lives of millions. Just don't believe all the marketing hype!

Mar 1, 2018 · Medical marijuana in Mental Health

I am asking for advice having never used M. I have been recomended MM for chronic back pain from scoliosis, stenosis etc. specifically an oil to use with a vape. My question is what is the type of relief offered by CBD if it differs from the "distraction" from pain attributed to THC? CBD doesn't prevent pain from occurring does it? Ideally I would like an analgesic effect with no high and minimal side effects.

Feb 28, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Ativan works but is very quickly addictive and very difficult to get off. It took me four months to get off a dose of only two mg a day but I reduced it very slowly cutting the pills with a very sharp cutter. I handled my anxiety eventually by exercise and mindfull meditation. Specifically i cycled on a recumbent tricycle on a nearbye bike trail ( roads are too dangerous.).

Dec 22, 2017 · venlafaxine xr withdrawal Please help in Depression & Anxiety

I don’t know your specific drug but my experience getting off ATIVAN taught me to reduce very very gradually by 10% weekly … which meant careful pill cutting. Exercise, meditation and boring glasses of water helped me control the side effects…coffee, my drug of choice, made it even more difficult. Now, two years later…I am a different person..

The instructions for your drug states”A gradual reduction in the dose, rather than abrupt cessation, is recommended whenever possible. In clinical studies with Effexor XR, tapering was achieved by reducing the daily dose by 75 mg at one-week intervals. Individualization of tapering may be necessary [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].