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Wed, Jun 12 3:15pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

Thank you Lisa.
I was able to wean off the Ambien pretty easily, but traded the witch for the devil by doing so. Had to depend on benzos for sleep. I actually think I should have tried it the other way around. Anything has to be better than weaning off benzos. Wouldn't recommend them to anyone for anything, except in very extrememe anxiety disorders.

Wed, May 15 8:55am · General Internal Medicine in Visiting Mayo Clinic

@dandl48, was that for an initial appointment? And did your PCP make the initial referral? Thanks!

Mon, May 13 12:24pm · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks so much for the reply. Sorry to be confusing….I need all the help I can get. I took clonazepam, Ambien, and Trazadone (one or the other) for insmnia for 25 years. I didn't have severe side effects during most of those years. These came on in the last 3 years….it took a while to narrow down what was causing it and after lots of medical investigation, nothing showed up, so it was a process of elimination. I started to really taper down about July 2018. I was at about 1.5 mg. I have rushed it some, I know, but I'm now at .625 and holding. Tried Ativan and Valium substituting, but didn't show improvements, and less sleep.

The thing is most of my symptoms showed up before I even started to taper, only to get worse with time. I know many will call this "tolerance withdrawal". But now even at a steady dose, I do not improve nor stabilize any at all. I think most people do show some, at least. I feel I'm getting worse day by day.

So….does this shed any light on the problem? I hope so, because I would like your feedback or from anyone else on this forum. It would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

Sat, May 11 11:17am · General Internal Medicine in Visiting Mayo Clinic

Thank you @dandl48. Has anyone else had this experience by having their care provider call directly to expedite getting an appointment?

Fri, May 10 8:45pm · General Internal Medicine in Visiting Mayo Clinic

Thank you Colleen Young for the information. Do you happen to have any ideas how be seen at a major Mayo Clinic site any sooner?

Thu, May 9 6:27pm · General Internal Medicine in Visiting Mayo Clinic

Was told today that booking appointments for Florida Internal Medicine was a year out at all locations. Disappointing!! They suggested a "Satellite Clinic" in Atlanta. Didn't get through to anyone that knew very much about how this worked in Atlanta…kept referring me to a different clinic/number to contact. Very confusing! Anyone have experience or thoughts about the Jacksonville or Atlanta situation? Please help!!

Thu, May 9 9:22am · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks for the reply, @lisalucier. Short version, no improvement. Do you know of any patients who have visited Mayo for similar symptoms/problems? Outcomes?
Thank you.

Wed, Apr 24 4:35pm · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

Has anyone posting on this klonopin thread been seen at the Mayo Clinic for this or related problems? I would really like to hear some feedback on this!