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Should I feel bad that tapering the standard 10% a month is too fast for me? 

I just recently got off lexapro about 7 months ago and am now tapering off my Valium and trying to do 10% a month at the low dose I’m down to and it’s gotten much harder for me.  

Is there anyone here tapering 5% a month? 

Is it easier for you?


and I’ve read a lot on here about the importance of holding even when micro tapering. 

Thoufhts ? 

Thank you! 

Klonopin for 12 years 

On and off lexapro multiple times 

Valium since October of 2015

Finished Lexapro taper 9-15-18

Re-started Valium taper 2-15-19

current dose of Valium - 3.56mg (4-16-19)

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Hi, Charlie.


Welcome to SA.


Is Valium the only drug you're taking? Have you been on any other benzos in the past? If so, we recommend going slower than 10% a month, as you may be dealing with kindling. 


Kindling (sedative–hypnotic withdrawal)


Kindling can also be caused by SSRI withdrawal which also affects the central nervous system, so your nervous system may be especially sensitive right now and a more gentler taper rate may be best. 


Some of your symptoms while tapering Valium may also be Lexapro waves, as benzo and SSRI discontinuation are very similar and both have a lot of waves and windows. 


Some information on withdrawal:


How psychiatric drugs remodel your brain


Healing from antidepressants. Patterns of recovery video (4 minutes)


The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


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Please continue to use this thread to document your taper and to ask plenty of questions. 


What kind of symptoms are you having? How is your sleep? 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 


My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"


And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.


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Hi CharlieZ, 


There are a lot of people that can’t taper at 10%. I’m actually tapering just under 4% at the moment. I still go through lots of waves though because my brain is so sensitised from all the meds I’ve been put on and off. 


Could you please answer Shep’s questions and put in your drug signature. Thanks a lot.


How are your symptoms at the moment?


Take care, sending hugs🤗

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March10=7.25mg ✔️April17=7.0✔️June5=6.75✔️ July14=6.50✔️Aug28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April2=5.40✔️May29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan31=4.60 mg✔️April24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov1=4.10✔️ Nov21= 4.05✔️ Dec13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March2=3.85✔️ April4=3.80✔️June16=3.75✔️July26=3.70✔️Sep2=3.65✔️ Oct21=3.60✔️Dec8=3.55✔️ Jan 26=3.50✔️March 17=3.45✔️ THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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