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Tue, Mar 12 6:47am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, I've been tapering off Klonopin myself extremely slow & it's been extremely tough biggest symptoms are insomnia, headaches, racing heart, tension & restlessness.. Should I keep tapering myself or should I go to a really good drug rehab center? I've never abused meds I'm just wondering what is safer & easier if im having really bad withdrawal symptoms?? Thanks

Thu, Feb 21 5:02am · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

Keep the faith I know it's tough believe me.. I'm still going through withdrawal myself & its been the toughest thing I've ever went through in my life.. I use to be a amateur & professional boxer growing up I had over 60 fights in the ring & I can say benzodiazepine withdrawal is 100% tougher than any fight I've ever been in especially going through the withdrawals I'm enduring, extremely bad tension, headaches, sweating, shaking, racing heart rate, insomnia waking up all night long you name it.. I sleep maybe 3-4hrs & its terrible hours.. So I promise you are not alone.. What kind of symptoms are you having?? & are you off all your medications?? If your only going through emotional withdrawal that is completely normal I believe that's the longest lasting part of withdrawals.. You have to do things that makes you happy & stay as busy as possible doing anything just to get your mind in a good place, dont let it get the best of you.. How long was you on benzodiazepines?? The longer & the higher dose you were on the longer the withdrawal process.. Your brain is trying to heal it's trying to function normally again.. Because long-term use of benzodiazepines causes brain damage on the GABA receptors of the brain, but in time it will heal.. All psychoactive drugs cause withdrawal but benzodiazepines are the longest lasting withdrawals by any medications out there.. It can last months or years.. Like i said it all depends on how long you've been on them & how much you were taking..

Thu, Feb 14 10:11pm · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

So true! I always tell myself, if I could've only known what I know now.. My life would be so different.. It's a very long & tough learning experience..

Mon, Feb 11 6:22am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

I just want to thank the Mayo Clinic personally for making this site possible for people that are going through a lot of the same things so we're able to talk with each other to help give us a better understanding about how to get better & knowing were not the only ones going through this Battle.. Its been an amazing day for me & I thank God for every single one of them.. I'm trying my best to stay positive that God bless's me with more better days & I'm praying for everyone going through adversity right now & health problems whether it's Mental or Physical or substance related illnesses.. I believe God is going to heal us so we can all live a better life.. I think to myself everyday if I can get through this, anything is possible, sky's truly the limit.. Going through adversity like this has really opened my eyes on how small the things I use to complain about wasn't even worth complaining about lol.. Life is truly amazing when your healthy that's 100% a fact.. Thanks again & God bless 💙

Mon, Feb 11 5:20am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you so much.. I appreciate all the information you gave me & I believe you hit it right on point.. I wish you the very best & hope you get feeling better as well.. 😊

Sun, Feb 10 4:29am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin, Rivotril) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, well I've been to a sleep specialist, I've had 2 sleep studies one at the hospital & one at home, & all he could say was yeah your not sleeping good so he sent me back to my psychiatrist lol, wow was that a waste of time.. & you ask me why is it necessary for me to take anti-anxiety meds well it really wasn't my choice in the beginning to go on them I was young & my doctor proscribed it for mild anxiety which I use to be able to control but he just kept prescribing them for a long period of time & now being on the drug for almost 9yrs of my life it is almost impossible to get off.. Not only does it cause Psychological dependence but it causes Physical dependence.. Have you been on a benzodiazepine for long-term before? There extremely hard to come off of because it gives you the worst withdrawal symptoms you can ever imagine, there's really no difference between being an alcoholic for years & trying to stop, because both benzodiazepines & alcohol effects the same chemicals in the brain, the GABA, GABA is the calming chemical in the brain which controls your whole central nervous system so when you come off of it your brain literally goes haywire & instead of being relaxed it stimulates you, you can't relax, sleep, or hardly even think right because you literally can't shut your mind off with out the drug.. & That's why its extremely hard to get off of if you have been on it long-term everyday.. It's a good short-term med but long-term it's lethal & can ruin a person's life.. I've tried literally everything to try to get myself better & nothing works.. & now being on it for so long I have built up a tolerance so now I have to just take it to just help the withdrawals effects from it, it's called benzo tolerance withdrawal.. I'm not sure everyone gets it but a certain % do & I'm one of them lucky ones that got it & it sucks extremely bad..

Sat, Feb 9 5:51pm · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

That's good to know.. Its just unbelievably hard to come off Klonopin.. Because when I decrease my dose just a little the relaxing effect is decreased which makes it even tougher to sleep.. & Yes the seroquel stimulates my heart for some reason which makes it race for about 2 or 3 hrs right after I take it & makes me kinda feel like I'm gonna pass out it's crazy sometimes it's worse than others.. That's really the only side effect I have from the medication the sedation part works pretty well most of the time tho.. I just wonder if there's anything different that I could take that doesn't have that effect Dude effect to it I use to take vistaril for sleep for about 5yrs before the doctors put me on Seroquel & I never remember any side effects from that but my doctor is saying now I shouldn't go back to that because it causes racing heart beats I'm confused lol just wish I knew what to do.. & like I said I don't believe I woulda had any sleeping issues at all if I wouldn't have started on any meds long-term it's switched something in my brain & now my brain won't shut off while I sleep it's terrible.. The seroquel helps me get to sleep but once I get to sleep im waking up all night it Just doesn't make any sense..

Sat, Feb 9 5:14am · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks so much for the response.. & I'm am right there with you on doctors prescribing these meds long-term it should never happen & at least give someone a little knowledge about them & what they can do to you long-term.. Hopefully they crack down on doctors a little more because this drug can ruin peoples lives.. Like I said in the beginning I was very young & had no idea what I was even taking the doctor just told me take this you'll feel better & just kept prescribing it & when I started feeling really bad they just said it's your anxiety, if I was more outspoken I woulda been like heck no this ain't my anxiety this is on a whole other level from anxiety lol.. Its crazy.. Maybe for everyone this doesn't happen as much, but everyone is different, it's been torture for me in the long-term thats for sure.. I just wish the doctors could've said take this only if I have an anxiety-attack but for nothing else.. If that was the case my life would be in a different place right now I'd probably be married with kids & a family & living life to the fullest but I guess everyone goes through adversity at some point in there life this has just been a very long adversity lol.. There's no way any woman could put up with me right now I cant even put up with myself lol…. & yeah my memory is getting so bad from lack of sleep its horrible.. So pretty much it usually takes around a year to starting feeling more normal again after getting off of it?