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Hello - I am new to this forum.  I've been on another forum for several months but heard wonderful things about SurvivingAntidepressants.org.  I am currently tapering from Valium after being crossed over from Klonipin after a failed and much too fast and large cut taper.  If you believe in "kindling" than I AM - I'm terrified.  I am the mother of 2 young children who desperately need their mother. I was promised this drug was safe - that the doses I was taking were much too low to cause a problem - and I just can't believe this has happened and apparently happens ALL THE TIME


My husband is supportive but can't begin to understand what hell I was in after my last taper.....It is hard to explain the torture chamber the body can become after a failed taper......I am here looking for support and tapering advice.  



11/2010 prescribed low dose of Klonipin for anxiety due to a specific life event/dose gradually increased to .75 daily/most days just .5

Life event resolved but I continued to take for sleep and was promised it was safe

2015 diagnosed with Osteopenia and read these drugs cause bone loss

quit C/T - lasted 3 days with onset of withdrawal (I was shocked)

went to Dr for taper - much too large of cuts and too fast (4 months)

HORRIFIC post acute for 3 months - had no idea what was happening to me until ER Dr gave Ativan for BP and all my withdrawal symptoms went away - Terrifying to realize what hell was at hand!

Reinstated .5mg Klonipin (BIG MISTAKE) and found other online support forum/began reading and learning more

CO to Valium 10mg/Cut and hold until 6 mg/became unstable - up dosed to 6.5

Holding due to thyroid issues and then plan to try liquid daily titration

Other meds: Bystolic for Blood Pressure, Thyroid Meds, Doxipin for sleep (10mg)


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Hi, Patches. 


Welcome to SA.


I, too, had many failed attempts to come off my drugs (including multiple benzos and z-drugs), so I do know what you're dealing with, and I know that it's still possible to taper off and recover. I'm healing slowly after 30 years use of many psych drugs. 


You may have already heard of the Ashton Manual from the other forum you belong to, but just in case, I'm going to place a link to it here. We also have a small, members-only benzo forum that has information you may find helpful. 


Members only benzo forum


The Ashton Manual will give you more information on what to expect with benzo withdrawal:


The 2002 Ashton Manual is at http://www.benzo.org...anual/index.htm


The April, 7 2011 Ashton Manual Supplement is at http://www.benzo.org.uk/ashsupp11.htm


Please note that even though Dr. Ashton advocated using antidepressants to come off benzos, her manual was written before a lot was known about antidepressant withdrawal. We do not advocate the use of other drugs to help with symptoms, as it generally causes problems due your already destabilized central nervous system (CNS).


I noticed in your signature that you're also on Doxepin, which is an older tricyclic antidepressant. Please give us more information about your Doxepin use, including when you started on it and what dose you are on. 


Although it's best to continue on with your Valium taper first, I'm going to give a link to coming off doxepin, as this thread gives a lot of information about this drug:


Tips for tapering doxepin (Sinequan, Zonalon)



We have some great non-drug coping skills that members find very effective:


Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms


Important topics about symptoms, including sleep problems


After you have a chance to read over these links, please let us know if you have any questions or any symptoms you would like help with.


This is your thread for listing symptoms and asking plenty of questions. 




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Patches long time no hear.

How are you doing theses days?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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