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Besla: Starting benzo taper and worried.


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My name isBesla.  I’ve been on Benzodiazepines since 2015 when I started having severe panic attacks for months on end.  They occurred about every 30 minutes (with Zanax), around the clock.  I’m out of the particular stressful situation that started it, but I feel broken and am fearful that it will happen again once my taper is complete.  I feel like the doctor is going too fast, but he won’t budge.  I just had another horrible panic attack last month and they come out of nowhere.  What happens if I’m completely off this drug and I have nothing to stop the panic attack?  On the other hand, I would love to not be dependent on this pharmaceutical.  This is hard.

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Hi, Belsa.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. 


Are you taking any other drugs besides Xanax? Please let us know more about your benzo taper. 


Please add a signature.  Include drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements in the last 12-24 months. Also include supplements. This will help us give you the most accurate advice we can. 

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As you provide more information, we'll be able to help guide you through your taper. 

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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