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I quit Xanax cold turkey because it was causing great weight gain. I went to my Dr., and told her I wanted to quit. She did not prepare me, it has been a living hell.  I’m better but every now or then, bam, back comes the symptoms. Lisa Ling produced a documentary “As Prescribed “,   You can find it on you tube.  I only took a BENZO for terrible insomnia.  Had no idea it was addictive. But that’s my fault. Just got on with taking care of everyone else.  Let’s take care of ourselves, so we can nurture others. 

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  • manymoretodays changed the title to Babyblue: Xanax Cold Turkey
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Hi, Babyblue.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.


No, it's not your fault. When we go to a doctor, we're trusting the information that we're given and very rarely is anyone given information that benzos cause dependency, lose efficacy quickly, and can cause protracted withdrawal for as much as 40 different symptoms. If so, I don't think very many of us would have agreed to take them. 


A section that we highly recommend to members is the non-drug coping section. You'll find a lot of information on non-drug ways of making your journey off these drugs easier and will prepare you for your drug-free life ahead. 


Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms


We don't recommend a lot of supplements, as many members report their nervous systems are simply too fragile to handle them. However, magnesium and fish oil tend to be calming to the nervous system and many people report they do help. Please only add in one supplement at a time and at a small dose. For more, please see:


King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker


Kindly set up a signature so moderators can easily see where you're at in your taper: 


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Please use this thread to document your withdrawal and to ask questions. 

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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