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  2. Altostrata

    powerback: tapering no 2

    If you can get by with 1mg diazepam or even less, all the better. Since it has such a long half-life, you might consider 2mg a loading dose. Any diazepam dose you take for the next several weeks will build on that. Wasn't your sleep adequate before diazepam? How has it affected the quality or sleep pattern? Since you've also added in the 8 beads of Effexor at the same time, hard to know what's doing what. We'll have to sort that out. Please let us know how you're doing, pb.
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  4. BeWell

    BeWell: AD taper

    I am still trying to figure out how to use this site. I used Valium very briefly in small amounts about 7 years ago due to panic attacks. Maybe it was during med changes. I do not recall any withdrawal. I used Zanax (Benzo - correct spelling?) Summer 2008 - Winter 2009 for a break-up. I was also abusing alcohol at this time. And using other drugs. I didn’t use them daily. And sometimes not at all. I then started to abuse them and had to be tapered off of them. I did this with alcohol. I was close to going into treatment at that time. The only thing I remember about w/d then was my heart beating out of my chest. I have been clean and sober since 2/14/10. My doctor thought we could somehow get me stabilized on Valium..and then start a slow taper..which sounds like it will be no walk in the park either. I am not sure if it is helping or not. It’s the only thing I look forward to is taking that Valium. However, this am..I feel like my relief was 20 minutes..maybe. I know I have some homework to do. I’ve got med changes coming from my doctors office via the mail in a day or two.
  5. It is also very good to hear from you again. How are you?
  6. I am currently dosing once a day since going from 1mg to .5mgs a week ago. Just wanted to make sure once a day was ok.
  7. Thanks Shep, I was hoping that I could drop the Klonopin since I haven’t been on it long. I really don’t like the idea of being on 3 drugs especially since we are looking at years to get off the AD. I wouldn’t start and stop, just stop. Thanks for weighing in, I really appreciate it!
  8. Yes, it's fine to dose once a day. You'll want to move your dose one hour a day (this is much gentler on the nervous system than abruptly switching to once a day). Be mindful of interdose withdrawal and if you notice that happening, you may want to stick with dosing twice a day. I would stay on it until you are off the AD. You haven't picked up enough non-drop coping skills to get you through this yet and if you start and stop benzos, it can lead to kindling. Having a good day doesn't mean you need to stop taking your drug. It simply means you're having a good day (i.e. a window). Learn to enjoy the good days without it signaling anything more. Yes, this is excellent. These are the kinds of things you will benefit from greatly.
  9. Rosetta

    Waterfall: introduction

    I'm really glad to hear that you have been functioning lately. That is such good news. Yes, you will get there eventually!!! -Rosetta
  10. For what little it helps right now there will come a day when it is less often than not that you feel panic and anxiety to the degree you are now. Symptoms fade away, and when they come back in a wave it can seem as if they are full-force again, but usually I can appreciate much later that the intensity was lessened or the duration was lessened. All you can do right now is distract as much as possible. I know that's hard. Reading a book or watching a show can expose you to issues that make you anxious or worried about new things. However, just going outside and looking at the clouds or plants or listening to the sounds might help. A hot bath was always my best choice and Epsoms salts may help, too. I also used a shoulder wrap that can be warmed in the microwave. The warmth helped to calm me a bit.
  11. Shep

    BeWell: AD taper

    Hi, BeWell. Welcome to SA. Have you ever been on Valium or any other benzodiazepine in the past or is this last month your only exposure to a benzo? Did the Valium help at all with your SSRI withdrawal? Four months may not be too late for a reinstatement. This thread will give you an idea of how reinstatements work. About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms And this thread will show you how to get to those really low doses that you would want to use for a reinstatement. Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline) Please add a signature. Include drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements in the last 12-24 months. Also include supplements. This will help us give you the most accurate advice we can. Any drugs and supplements prior to 24 months ago can just be listed with start and stop years. Please use actual dates or approximate dates (mid-June, Late October) rather than relative time frames (last week, 3 months ago) Spell out months, e.g. "October" or "Oct."; 9/1/2016 can be interpreted as Jan. 9, 2016 or Sept. 1, 2016. Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses. A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. This is a direct link to your signature: Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature. Once we have a complete history in your signature and you have a chance to read over the links, we can talk through whether or not you think a reinstatement will be helpful.
  12. Thank you for paving the way for the others, Alto. I am brand new here, especially to even the idea of tapering, and I am so completely humbled and inspired by you and the countless people here who are going through so much suffering. I hope we all find peace and relief, and the inner knowing that the journey is the real revelation in who we truly are 💟
  13. Altostrata, Thank you for setting up this Website and providing as much time and support as you do and have over the years! You have been a true trail blazer and are a wealth of knowledge for all of us. My Dr's were failing me, pushing more medication on me, and draining my bank account. I am so happy I found SA.org. Thank you!
  14. Hi Clarabella, How are you? Please update your drug signature if necessary. Thanks.
  15. Oliver1974

    Oliver1974: sertraline / Zoloft tapering

    Powerback I’d say we have a few thinkings in common. Addiction (bing drinker- sober for a year) genetics/sensitivity to drugs. I’ve probably had undiagnosed anxiety my whole life and have been diagnosed with ADHD. I plan on taking as long as it takes to taper so as to avoid the horrors of withdrawals. Stefan
  16. David182

    David182: hello all

    Hey all, it’s been a while. Not too much has been happening here. Just keeping on and trying to keep the day-to-day routine consistent. Last Sunday I enjoyed the weather and did some landscaping. I was out in the sun for a good 4-6 hours. It felt amazing but I believe it was too much. As this week has gone on I’ve been having sleep issues, slightly anxious, oily skin, thirstier than normal, a feeling of being revved up and feeling warm (like the room is too warm but I know it’s just me). I think all that sun light may have increased my serotonin level a bit much as this is a bit similar to what I felt when I upped my dose years ago. i’m still keeping to a four week hold at each dose before dropping 10%. I’ve also increased my physical activity a little this last week or two (leg and abdomen exercises but brief and only body weight). I’m feeling stronger but I’m trying to be careful. It can be upsetting that something as little as too much sunlight can effect us so much. I’m trying to look at it as temporary (which it is) & keeping a moto I heard in the news the other day “adapt and overcome.” I’m not sure there’s much I can do but take it easy & I have a decrease next week so that may help but I wanted to share this as a caution for others. I hope you all are well, are making progress or at least just keeping on. One day at a time.
  17. manny03

    manny03: withdrawal from Trintellix

    Update I still have the other symptoms that I've previously mentioned, though today is the first day that I didn't have any abdominal sensations/aches when eating breakfast and lunch today. The last time I was this well it was in late November 2018. Though, I know the reality on how I came off the medication the sensations will come back, though at least for today I didn't have any of those sensations.
  18. direstraits

    ☼ direstraits: Paxil withdrawal

    didn't last long,carmie I just don't know how much longer I can do this ...the inner agitation and anxiety is almost unbearable...had to leave a restaurant last night before we could order because I felt so horrible,so shaky inside,couldn't think straight,wanted to run out screaming(but didn't). also I hadn't eaten much all day,maybe that had something to do with it. this is torture living like this for 5 years,if it wasn't for my family I don't know if I'd still be here. I don't know what to do anymore...I'm so exhausted and hopeless and angry. thanks for your enduring support.💙
  19. Also is Klonopin ok to just be dosed once a day? I know it has a long half-life compared with other benzodiazepines.
  20. Good to know, thanks. I know I am just in a mess with drugs. I really messed things up when I fast tapered the Paxil last year, I just didn’t feel I would ever get stable on it, but if has put me in a really bad spot again. Had a good day yesterday so was hoping to stop taking Klonopin soon, but woke up today with such high anxiety, I didn’t dare taper it again yet.
  21. A very Important and useful question asked by Mrs Myrah.Yes,How am I dealing with hallucinations without medications? My answer: First of all , My life completely changed or transformed after this two years of withdrawal experience. I lost long term memory. I learnt Life in new and awesome perspective. Yes, how am I dealing with hallucinations? I stopped believing them as hallucinations and started enjoying them and accepting them in positive manner. I was targeted to my mother and ex husband discrimination. So my suffering was physical and mental abuse from both of them. I tried being rebel with my mom for the first time in life at the age of 20 and this resulted ending up in more traumatic situations and immediate arranged marriage by her. She succeeded manipulating my husband and he never give scope to express who I am to him. He shut his doors , day one of marriage for his personal reasons and married me for his personal reasons. Lack of technical education,responsibility of my two children made me stuck in that love and sexless marriage for 22 years. I never stopped trying to upgrade my life in educational , financial, emotional sectors. Initial 10 years of marriage , I was struggling with my marriage life to get corrected. Which end up in vain.Only to leave me more deeply scarred. Later 10 years I was struggling to get better myself in all sector of life. Even though It was hard on myself. I could acheive what I aspired. Improved educational and financial back ground by working hard and multitasked. I forgot onething that I was never caring my ownself. I do not want to lie or hide the fact about my emotional factor which lead me deep trauma. I had 2 years of love and sex after being in 8 years of traumatic marriage, where I was treated as a surrogate. That 2 years of divine love boost my confidence levels and made me forget all the trauma from childhood. Unfortunately, I could not marry him as all the trials of getting legal divorce were end up in vain. I even feared of my children safety. I had to leave him as his parents were pressurising him for marriage, he could not wait for me any longer to marry. Then Another person was with me for 10 years, this time our terms were clear. Love and sex outside marriage lead us to became over posessive to eachother and he could not live without me at my absense. 24/7 he wants me to attend at phone.All this while am struggling for existance along with my children. His love is great but do not know how to give and take space in this kind of relationship. I was strict at my children raising at harmonious atmosphere. I was succeeded in my plans towards raising my children. But I failed to manage personal relationship. His behaviour lead me to hallucinate that he was chasing me even online by hacking my network etc. It's like blind game . Which is very hard on mind. Then real game started online , which I mentioned in my profile intro. Which is very hard and lengthy to explain how the scenario goes. That experience lead me to take my self care strictly. So I took legal divorce. I sorted all other petty issues wisely as financial etc. Now my children succeeded as per plan. Now this entire experience lead me lost all the negative thoughts, feelings, and so called trauma. I realised my blunders and learnt how to bring back relations which are never lost. I mean my mother. She recently expressed that she wanna die while I am sitting next to her. Now, I have no fear that some one stalking me online, as I realised , I am not the centre of the world. After experiencing ultimate pain in life in the way of withdrawal, all the past definitions changed. Just Eat, Love, Pray-Live. You should be the one who drives the life . If you know , who you are, your halo will be visible to others. It is you , and how you take things in life , difines your life. Peace.
  22. DaveB

    puthappinessfirst: starting the fight

    How have you been feeling as you have been holding? Have things gotten better over time? Just haven’t seen an update from you for a bit and I was curious. Hope you are well!
  23. Songbird. That's the way to go: instead of looking for a relief in drugs, go for self-soothing techniques.
  24. Anyone tried Progressive Muscle Relaxation with any success?
  25. Yes Andie - I agree. You are not alone in this. I had the same thing happen to me for quite a while. Possibly making sure your room is dark (or you use an eye mask) - might help. Best wishes to you, FreeRuby
  26. I came off Adderall like this: 20 mg XR -> 10 mg IR (January) - No problems at all, maybe some brain fog and tiredness 10 mg IR -> 5 mg IR (March) - Some anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, fatigue after a week off. Lasted two weeks at most. 5 mg IR -> None (April) - No symptoms for two weeks, then Panic/Anxiety set in. I have been panicky and anxious for 4 and a half days now. Taking prescribed ativan (1 mg a day) to help with panic attacks. No other noticeable symptoms besides panic/anxiety, not even depression. Overall I feel cognitively good and energetic, but full of so much anxiety it is unbearable without the ativan.
  27. I came off Adderall like this: 20 mg XR -> 10 mg IR (January) - No problems at all, maybe some brain fog and tiredness 10 mg IR -> 5 mg IR (March) - Some anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, fatigue after a week off. Lasted two weeks at most. 5 mg IR -> None (April) - No symptoms for two weeks, then Panic/Anxiety set in. I have been panicky and anxious for 4 and a half days now. Taking prescribed ativan (1 mg a day) to help with panic attacks. No other noticeable symptoms besides panic/anxiety, not even depression. Overall I feel cognitively good and energetic, but full of so much anxiety it is unbearable without the ativan. It is hard to leave my room. Interestingly, the panic/anxiety completely subsides by nighttime.
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