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Hi, I have been on a benzo for over 10+ year's. C/ O  from Xanax to Diazepam in 2009 and did the cut and hold taper for 5 months, dropping 12 mg's. This was way too fast and haphazard. I upped dose to 10 mg's in 3/2010 and did not attempt to taper until 2013. I used a micro taper at that time, upped the dose to 12 mg's and then over 4 year's tapered down to 1.55 mg's and things went really bad. It took 8 month's to get from 2 mg's to 1.55 mg's. August of 2016 thing's were quite bad and I stopped tapering, upped slowly to 4 mg's and that is where I am at now. 

 

I know I need to start tapering again at some point, I am very fearful tho. I realize I tapered through some really stressful months in 2016 which more than likely contributed to the ending result. I did not listen to my body or symptoms and kept removing minute amounts daily using liquid. 

 

I do understand that this forum is for A/D's so I hope I am welcome here. Looking for peer support and more knowledge.

 

Thank you.

Pamelor and Ativan 5 days-1993

Celexa 5 mg's late August 2001 (5 days) with Xanax .25 mg PRN

Remeron 7.5mg's up to 15 mg's September 2001-February 2002 tapered off over 1 month/Experienced 1 month of W/D s/x's after discontuation

Klonopin .5mg September 2001-February 2002 PRN only 

Xanax April 2002 PRN varying doses/Xanax varying doses daily .25mg- 3mg/ lowered dose to 1 mg 2009

Direct C/O from 1 Mg Xanax to 20mg's Diazepam September 25, 2009- started Ashton taper October 4, 2009-February 2010 down to 8.8 mg's

Stopped tapering February 2010 and stabilized on 10 mg's Diazepam/ March 2010-April 2013 irregular but daily doses of Diazepam up to 15 mg's

Started Daily micro taper September 2013 from 12 mg's Diazepam - August 2016 down to 1.55 mg's Diazepam

Upped dose slowly to 4 mg's Diazepam August 2016-Current (am not tapering now)/ No other medications 

Have Magnesium/L-Theanine/Krill Oil/Valerian but do not take any of them

 

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Hi Franchi and welcome to SA,

 

The tapering of benzos is very similar to tapering ADs and we have lots of helpful information on this site.  I'm not very knowledgeable where benzos are concerned but I wanted to welcome you and get you started.

 

The first thing we ask all members to do is to create a drug signature.  This will appear whenever you post.  Please update it whenever make a change so that it remains current.  Please follow these instructions:

 

A request: Would you summarize your history in a signature - ALL drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly?

  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses.
  • A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. 
  • Any drugs 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.
  • Link to Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

 

Here are some helpful links:

 

Before you begin tapering what you need to know

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

These helped me to understand SA's recommendations:

 

Brain Remodelling


Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions. 

  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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ChessieCat,

 

Thank you for the welcome and links. I have added a signature as well.

 

The links are most appreciated and I will read them thoroughly. 

Pamelor and Ativan 5 days-1993

Celexa 5 mg's late August 2001 (5 days) with Xanax .25 mg PRN

Remeron 7.5mg's up to 15 mg's September 2001-February 2002 tapered off over 1 month/Experienced 1 month of W/D s/x's after discontuation

Klonopin .5mg September 2001-February 2002 PRN only 

Xanax April 2002 PRN varying doses/Xanax varying doses daily .25mg- 3mg/ lowered dose to 1 mg 2009

Direct C/O from 1 Mg Xanax to 20mg's Diazepam September 25, 2009- started Ashton taper October 4, 2009-February 2010 down to 8.8 mg's

Stopped tapering February 2010 and stabilized on 10 mg's Diazepam/ March 2010-April 2013 irregular but daily doses of Diazepam up to 15 mg's

Started Daily micro taper September 2013 from 12 mg's Diazepam - August 2016 down to 1.55 mg's Diazepam

Upped dose slowly to 4 mg's Diazepam August 2016-Current (am not tapering now)/ No other medications 

Have Magnesium/L-Theanine/Krill Oil/Valerian but do not take any of them

 

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