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I am new here and need help to get stable. 

Long story I was on 10mg of Valium a day but mainly at night for sleep anxiety since 2012 to 2021 due to military PTSD. 

I switched to Ambien 5mg back in early 2021 which I then increased to 30 mg a night for a few months. On 7 Sept 2021 I had a major panic attack from a buildup of stress. 

When this happened I developed bad anxiety and agoraphobia and was bedbound for 2 months and took Ambien 30mg a night to sleep and stop the anxiety. 

When this occurred, I stopped my Zoloft 50mg cold turkey when my panic attack happened because too much time passed and I was scared to restart. When I was bed-bound from Sept-Nov 15, I was taking 30mg Ambien night and each day was having horrible inter-dose withdrawals which I never knew about. 

I went to a behavioral hospital for 10 days because I wanted to get back on track and got out the day before Thanksgiving.  

The hospital put me back on 50mg Zoloft, 1mg Klonopin (I assume to replace the Ambien) and 300mg Gabapentin 3x a day. 
I’ve been on the Klonopin Gabapentin for about a month so far. 

Medication History

2012-Mar 2021 
25-100mg Zoloft / stopped C/T
5-10mg Valium / Nightly - stopped C/T 

3/21 - 09/21
5mg Ambien / Nightly

09/21 - Nov 15 2021
30mg Ambien / Nightly
(Experienced bad inter-dose withdrawals)

Nov 15, 2021
Admitted myself to a behavioral hospital to get stable.  

Nov 24 2021- Current 
0.75mg Klonopin 0.25mg AM / 0.25mg / 0.25 PM
100mg Gabapentin 1x a day
75mg Zoloft
25mg Trazodone

I am still trying to get stable. My stomach jerks most of the day and I get agitated. Morning are the worst until about 4pm when it calms down.


Trying to cross back over from Klonopin to Valium.  


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Welcome to SA. We are a volunteer run site with members as you that have gone off medications or are tapering off medications.


This is your introductions page. This is where you will receive information, ask questions and meet members such as your self. We ask that you only have on page so we can keep all your information in one place for easy access.


First could I please have you create a signature. Thanks.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


I see by what you have written, you have started and stopped a lot of medications without tapering off of them properly. Here on SA, we don't suggest tapering off by more than 10% a month. Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


At this point, I wouldn't make any changes until you are stable, which could take a while. If you are going to switch from Klonopin to Valium, I would do it very, very slowly. You are on .75 mg of Klonopin which is the equivalency of approximately 15 mg of Valium.


I'm going to give you some information on tapering off the medications when you are ready.




Tips for tapering off sertraline (Zoloft)


Tips for tapering off trazodone (Desyrel)


Irritability, Anger, Rage


Digestive problems:  Nausea, Diarrhoea, Bloating, GERD


After reading these links, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day. April 1, 2021 went back on 1mg a day. Started tapering May 19, 2023. July 28, 2023-approximately .87mg. Dr. fast tapered me at the end and realized he messed up. Prescribe it again and I am doing "slower than a turtle" taper.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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