I have been taking librium for almost 2 months and just stopped taking it one night and now I am suffering from severe depression.I didn't know I couldn't just stop cold turkey.How do I taper off of it?
Taper those VERY slowly - cutting just a small portion off from your normal amount, and I suggest no faster than weekly. Most of those meds (benzo's) have very long half life's - some close to 60 hours.
Do you remember how you felt prior to taking the librium and how you felt after taking the librium? Often times when you feel "nothing" because it is working. When there is a chemical imbalance and your body is not producing enough serotonin or dopamine, for instance, then you really do need an anti-depressant for the rest of your life because chemical imbalance is not reversible. If it has not helped your anxiety you might just need a different benzo. or possibly a different type of antidepressant. Have you tried any tricyclics like amitriptyline? SSRI's specifically increase serotonin, and in many cases serotonin is not the only neurotramsmitter involved but in cases where it is SSRI's(like prozac and zoloft) are incredibly effective, they just take several weeks to take full effect because they gradually prevent the serotonergic neurons from taking back the leftover serotonin it releases into the synaptic gap and even more gradually desensitizes these neurons so that they produce more serotonin and absorb more of what the "firing" neurons produce.
I've been dependent on librium for many years. Once a year my dr. sends me to a psychiatrist for an evaluation of my meds. Each time they say I will probably need to be on it all my life. My anxiety is horrible w/o it. I take two 25mg's a day.
I would advise anyone who can stay away from benzos to do it. I don't feel anything from the librium and have never abused it, but I doubt it's doing much good after all these years and I won't go up on the dose.
Hope everyone is having a good nght......hugs....LS
It's very important that you never stop taking a benzodiazepine suddenly. The withdrawal from these types of drugs often cause seizures, and stroke, and are even fatal. Whenwillitend is correct, taper very slowly, librium is not like xanax that has a half-life of only 4-6 hours, it is much longer acting so don't try to go down 5mg in a few days or anything drastic, take it .5mg or 1mg at a time, but remember if tapering 1mg makes you withdrawal, go back up! And taper more slowly.
OMG!! Get out of my mind!! LOL I can't believe I'm this old and just know finding out about who I really am. When I took the librium it stopped the horrible anxiety from the vailum w/d but that was all. A psychiatrist I saw put me on AMITRIPTYLINE!! (elavil) I have been on it since 1976. The newer ones don't work on me. SSNRI's and the other one. I can't remember the letters to put it down. :( I got some relief from the elavil almost as soon as I started taking it, but as I understand it, it has a sedative and that's why I felt better at first and started sleeping better. I have had the dose increased over the years so now I'm taking 200mg's at bed time.
I have a question. All of the events of the last two years have made me feel depressed. I was diagnosed with chemical or clinical (not sure which one.) The one that isn't effected by enviroment or a situation. Anyway, my question is do you think I could go higher on the elavil?? I have tolerated it well.
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