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Dec 14, 2018 · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let people know that after much suffering, and terrified of my next taper,I decided to take things into my own hands. Since my GP ignored my request to refer me to a Psychiatrist, I got hold of Mental Health myself. I had an appointment last week to discuss what was happening to me with a clinician,and then she would get back to me after a discussing me with a team of professionals. She called me back and I have an appointment on the 31st.Yesterday, I had to see my GP for other reasons,( the same one who after 3 failed attempts of tapering me) brought up the subject of Clonazepam, I told him that I had my basis covered, that I had joined this forum, did much research on clonazepam, and had an appt. all set up with a psychiatrist. I was firm with him about not going through hell again, to the point of ending up twice in hospital for several days.He actually listened to me, as I reminded him he was the one who kept me so long on this drug, at the same dose for over 30 + years not knowing I was even on a benzo! I told him from what I have read, it would probably take me years to get off of this drug. He agreed with me!! Much to my surprise, he told me he would keep me on a dose that I was comfortable with, and let me decide how and when I felt if I wanted to taper this drug! He told me my health and happiness were more important than seeing me suffer. I was so shocked that he was actually hearing me.We had a discussion about how in the early 80's it was presented to physicians as a "wonder drug", until people had such a hard time coming off of it. and the longer a patient was on it the harder it would be! I looked at him and said "Welcome to my life".He smiled at me and said "I will not make it any harder for you Lorraine" and wished me a Merry Christmas! I left his office in a daze, but so grateful. I would not have gotten to this point without the encouragement from all of you! I am down from 6mgs. to 4mgs. and am feeling good! Thank you all, and Merry Christmas! Lorraine

Nov 28, 2018 · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

@jossm, I want you to know that many of us that are trying to taper, are experiencing the hell that you are going through.I too have been on a benzo for several decades, and came to a point where I ended up in an emergency room twice! Have you let your doctor know what you are going through? Palpitations can make you think you are having a heart attack, been there, but confused about hair falling out. I would get to my GP as soon as possible, but we are here to help support you. Blessings Lorraine

Nov 26, 2018 · Doctor wants me to taper off meds; I don't understand why in Depression & Anxiety

After some research, I found this forum, a safe place to connect with people, who are living with the same anxiety, panic, and depression I experience.on a daily basis.But this post left me in tears! @jakedduck1 unless you have actually experienced how debilitating these attacks are, you cannot say they that they are irrational, because they are to us.As for treatment, 2 years of seeing a Physiologist,the coping skills I was taught only helped me while in his office. I also did not mean to initiate a debate over who has had more traumatic experiences in their lifetime As to .my addiction to alcohol, I thought I dealt with many decades ago,and I now feel the same shame and guilt I feel now dealing with Clonazepam taper,. My prayer for you is that you take into consideration that if you have not gone through the paralyzing fear that those of us suffer, you give a great deal of thought before posting something that makes me feel more shame about .being drug addict,as well, because I cannot seem to cope! I apologize if this sounds harsh, but after letting this post sink into my brain for days, I have debated deleting this group!

Nov 22, 2018 · Doctor wants me to taper off meds; I don't understand why in Depression & Anxiety

I feel I have to be honest about my profile of depression and panic attacks, as there has been one issue I have not mentioned..at 15 years of age, I was put on medication for depression, at 22 I experienced my first panic attack. Unfortunately they increased to a point that I could not function outside my home. Work put me on stress leave and saw the company Physiologist. I saw him on a regular basis, and returned to work. The panic attacks got worse after many life altering traumas.In my late twenties I found a cure! Alcohol! At first I found a few drinks would give me confidence, and it took away anxiety! This worked for short time until I realized I was unable to function without it. Now I had to admit I had a drinking problem as well. This is when I found the GP I have now. This is the doctor that put me on 6mgs of Clonazepam, as well as 60 mgs of Prozac! I tapered myself off of the Prozac, but still on the "Wonder Drug" of Clonazepam. It managed to take away ALL my anxiety as well depression! Fast forward 30+ years, he has decided to taper me off this drug. The first time I got to 3.5 mgs but had to have a few drinks at night to sleep, needless to say things got worse and ended up in hospital both times! What I can't figure out, why put me through this if I can't handle it and the fear I have is drinking again which could take my job, my sanity but most of all my life?

Nov 22, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have tried bringing my husband, along with my closest friend, who did most of the talking and had done a lot of research on benzos, he talked to her because I was an emotional mess! That is when he put me on a dose I could handle but only for 2 months then back to tapering!

Nov 19, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I am quite sure (here in Canada) that he has to refer me to a psychiatrist. But I will give it a try. Thanks

Nov 19, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have brought my husband and best friend with me,at my worst point 2 years ago, because I was unable to do anything but shake and cry in his office, that is when he did concede to put me back on my original dose. So I was in better control this time and did ask him to refer me to a psychiatrist, but he did don't reply, but he told me he would keep me on the same dosage for the next few months.

Nov 16, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have done so much research on this drug, I even brought in a file folder with me to show him, but he did not even look at it. He has no idea to what extent I suffer. I live in Canada, and if you have a family GP, he has to be the one to prescribe my meds and has the control of sending me to a professional or a detox clinic. I have all the info on PAWS, but he has to want to read it!