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NEVER AGAIN.!!! - Will I try to quit a Benzo - Cold Turkey!!! - I could not believe what happened after 36 hours!
Hey everyone!

Wow....I thought I was ready w/ my taper on the Valium...but as 36 hours had passed from me quitting from 9 a day...It got so bad today, that I had to call the Doc, and have him send a ER Scrip for 30 for the 10mg Valium...just to get my back to normal and be able to make the Dr. appt tomorrow!

Never, in my life, will I do that again...without giving myself the correct amount of time to taper and taper properly!..I could barely even drive to go get the 30 at the pharmacy up the street....

I tell you, after the Benzo had started to leave my body...last night I felt it coming and today...I was so disoriented and could not even focus on nothing! - I barely was able to make the phone call, and p/u the meds to hold me over!

Now, I will definely go back, and taper slower and the correct way from this benzo! - I was never execting for anything that intense to hit me after 36 hours of dropping them!  Everyone is 100% correct on trying to c/t any benzo!

Just thought I would bring you all up to date! (now that I can function again!)

Lots of Love to you All.!!!

Todd

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wow I didn't no benzo's would be like that , I didn't even no benzo's had with drawals , OMG , I am glad to hear you are better and makin better decisions , glad your still with us oooxxx Keri
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Sweety... I am SO sorry!!  Ugh...

Are you ok right now??  Do you feel better now?  And do you know how or where to find out the right way then, to taper on the benzo's?

Oh sweety... I'm just glad you're ok!  We were wondering where you'd been...
xox-
all my luv,
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Oh there is my sweet Marca!

Yeah...I finally feel normal again...but that was going to the points of fatal!!!

I never expected that much, but I only gave myself a 2 week taper and dropped them....Bad Move!!

Yeah, I read up on reliable sources...and it looks like for what I had been taking for the past 7 years...that I will start at 6 a day and work down, but it is going to take at least 2-3 months in doing it correctly!

Thanks for checking on me! - I have missed you, but I could not do anything! - It's so hard to even explain the detremental w/d's that came!!!

But, I am stablized after taking 2 doses of 10mg - Which I'm holding at count 4 right now..and will hold it to 6, then tomorrow - the Doc is slip me in at 1:30pm.

Wow..I'm glad to be Alive! - LOL

Love ya and God Bless!
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Hey, I had a similar experience when I ran out of lorazepam (ativan) after my surgery and didn't think it was a big deal, thought I'd just call my doctor the following Monday morning.....until I started the w/d's.  They were BAD.  That's when I first found this forum.  I didn't know what was happening to my body at the time.  I was pretty uneducated.  Didn't even know that going cold turkey off of a benzo could actually be life-threatening.  If anyone is reading this who has been on a benzo for ANY length of time -- do NOT go off of them c/t.  Do NOT.  Your body will go wacko.  

Anyway, I do hope you're feeling better and are back on track.  Are you going to set up a taper schedule or something??  I'd LOVE to get off of the ativan....but I take it at night for sleep....and without it....I just don't sleep.  I wonder how bad it is for the body to be on a benzo for life....?!  Geez, scary thought, huh?  

Feel better and hang in there!  

~K.
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209656 tn?1272300665
kimmieb

Where have you been hiding? - LOL

It's good to hear from you, and yes your right with your advise! I have heard it before regading benzo's - but I just got to eager and way ahead of myself.!!!

So, between the benzo site (UK)..and w/ my doctor - I will set up the taper at 6 a day and go from there, and do it right...I have to give my body more time to adust, when I drop 1 count from the eqaution...and when it gets down to 3-4 a day then I will take it a 5mg drop at a time!

These Benzo's - Are Not NO Joke! - Their w/d's (cold turkey)..can put you into a seizure, coma, or even kill you! - Not trying to scare anyone, but after much reading now, it is the truth!

Kimmie, and a lot of others, have had the same experience like I had, and it's so hard to even explain!!!

Lots of Love to ya!
Todd
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Thanks.....I will!!   Blessings to ya, K.
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Yes, it is the same site that everyone hear, talks about.

If you want to find it it is something like benzo dot org (UK) - Where it gives you all and everything you need to know about any benzo.]

I know that other people had refered to me, but I stumbled across it when I "google" it under (benzo + valium) and it was the same site for the benzo dot org.UK

You have really sould look into it...I kind of held it in the backburner until I found it through google. It has anything and everthing, and ratio's etc.. for any benzo, w/ so much expanation!!!

Check it out when you have a chance!

God Bless You!
Love,
Todd
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Good to hear from you!  Haven't really been hiding :-)  Just busy with kids' activities.  No time for myself to sit and catch up.  After days go by, it's almost overwhelming to sit down and try to read pages and pages and pages and try to catch up with what's been going on with everyone.  But, I still try sometimes, when I get the chance :-)  I'm glad to hear you're still alive and kickin' and postin' and learnin' and sharin'.  Good to see your post.  Hey, what's this UK taper program thing?  I've read about it before in another post, I think.  I should get my hands on that for future reference.....

Stay well!

Blessings to you,
K.
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I am soo glad you are ok and sorry to hear about your experience, how scary...  So you have a taper plan now?  Thats the silver lining here.  I am glad you found a way to do this so that it doesn't hurt you.  I have heard that cutting those benzos too quickly can be harmful on some people.
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209656 tn?1272300665
Thank you!

Yeah, it was a definite self-experience in what NOT to do, with benzo's!

So, I see the doc at 1:30pm today, and have pulled up some different taper plans that I can bring w/ me and then we will go from there. I just did not give my body enough time. After reading about how to taper...it looks like it is going to take a couple months. But that's okay..because I tapered down to 9-10 a day (10mg) and now it will be set at my normal scrip amount for 6 x Daily, and then I will take it down by 5mg at a time over specific time periods...until I reach about 1-3 a day (depending on my body) and will hold there for a bit, then reduce it from there.

It will still be a little edgy holding it at 6 a day for the first month, but at least I will be safe and getting more and more vibrant w/ clarity and energy even through the taper also.

So, it was a hard lesson learned, but actually came out for the benifit..for the fact on the addictive power behind these benzo's!

Just am praying everything goes precise with the doc, and I can hit this w/ a realistic and safe plan, that will get me off these and not kill me or cause brain damage!

So I read above on your post...your on 3 weeks and approaching a month now? That is soooo awesome! Did you do the taper or c/t?

Lots and Lots of love to you!
Todd
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Hey people....Im new here at this site but relate ALL TOO WELL to what I'm hearing from everybody. Ive been trying yo quit Benzo's for 2 years now and so far no good. Part of what makes my situation soo hard is I am on 2 benzos.
Long story short I was a Div.I  college baseball pitcher and had 2 back to back  shoulder surgery's. I end up hooked on pain pills...go thru that nightmare of DT's and now I have CRONIC insomnia guys, I mean not a wink of sleep for 48 hours straight then I get the bs 1 or 2 hour naps that I guess ur body forces itslef to take. So being I have no insurance the only gog sleeping aide I can afford is Restoril (Temazapam). The come in 7.5's, 15s, and 30 mg.s...at first they worked like a charm with even a beautiful side effect. It gave me pleasent dreams everynight. got my 7-8 hours sleep. It only costs 9.99 a month compared to the others that in the $100's like Lunesta cuz theirs no generic or Ambien and even that generic is like 70 some bucks a month up here (Pittsburgh). (Im goin nuts....just thinking about my life..."Im might have to pay a hundred something a month to SLEEP?!?! WTF. Because they dont hestitate to tell you that the Restoril (the cheapie $9.99/month) loses its effect pretty quick, which of course it did with me, Im a big guy 6'1" 210 with a tollerance to all pharmacutical drugs. At this point Im having panic atacks. Guys and Gals I used to laugh at people who said they had "panic attacks" but they are very real just hard to explain. I am a fighter now not pro (yet! still hopin) but get panic attacks when I get stressed or feel over whelmed. So Doc puts me on 1mg of Xanax 3X a day. He said that should keep me clam and stable and the last Xanax of the day take it at night along with my Restoril (reminding you guys restoril is benzo too as I mentioned) and I should sleep well.
Well people just like EVERY other drug ive eevr taken it didnt take me long to build a tollerance to the Xanax. I run out some months early and end up buying them off the street till I can refil my script. The Doc said he wont bump me up to the 2mg bars cuz thats as high as they go. And Im sure it wouldnt be too long before I grow tollerant tot the Xanax bars, so Im in the same boat with everyone. Tryin to get off all benzo;s. For me it seems impossible. Ive tried tapering fast and slow. Ive had 4 yes 4 seizures, 2 of which I ended up in the ER from banging my head. I am truley clueless gang on how to get the hell off. Im like afraid to take showers cuz Im like what if I have a seizure in here and hit my head and die ( Like John Travolta's son did froma seizure). With any taper Im sure you know my sleep is hideous (notice its 3:38 am and my spelling)...every little thing has me worried sick, like every decision is a life or death one. Being alone is THE WORST when im WD'ing. Im looking for any help or suggestions from you guys. The only thing I can offer as help for others is Ive notcied that sublingual (melt under your toungue) MELATONIN helps me get 3 sometimes 4 hours a sleep at night, but its hell waking up. Its like a demon waking me up every day people. The second you open your eyes you feel the WD's you just wanna go back to sleep sooooo bad. Cant keep ANY bezos around cuz at that point Id just take 2 xanax/restoril or whatever it took to make me go back to sleep hence screw up the tapering Im doing.
Well....I thank any and everyone who took the time to read this. I know Im not alone out hear so any input/help or suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks guys for listening. Everyone stay strong. Ive been in a lot of fights (boxing) in my life, but this is the hardest fight of my life by far. God Bless

-Tommy
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Hi Tommy and welcome:)

I so can relate to what you're going thru. I was on 2 benzos too, oxazepam and tranxene. It seems that we have the same problem. See most of the ppl can't sleep coz they can't fall asleep. But we don't not only can't we fall asleep but when we finally do we don't stay asleep very long. That's probably why you're dr Rx'ed you xanax ~a short acting benzo~ to cut down the anxiety and help you go to sleep and the restoril~ a medium long acting benzos~ to keep you asleep. Of course you built up tolerance, everybody does!

What you should do is go to an addiction specialist, come clean and establish a tapering plan. You'll need a whole lot of therapy too. Anxiety is not to be taken lightly... but there are solution out there, CBT, EMDR, Self-esteem therapy and so on. Yoga did help me a lot too as a complement.
There's a site which is the reference in the matter, here's the link: http://www.benzo.org.uk/

Believe me life without benzo is soooo good, at a point they just don't work anymore and even have a paradoxical effect, that's what happened to me. I used them for 9 years at a very high dosage and I was not alive, I was a zombie. Addiction has roots that I never thought possible, for all of us, that's why therapy or any type of after care is a must.
If you have any question feel free to pm me. Best of luck to you. Sophie.
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the easiest way to get off any benzo or opiate, is a methadone taper. they formulate a methadone dosage based on the dosage of what you are taking. every day they decrease the amount of methadone by a certain amount, depending on the initial dosage. by the end of things, you walk out clean of methadone and anything else you were on. i was on 200-300mg of oxycontin every day, and it took 8 days of the methadone taper, and i walked out clean. you have to be careful though, because if you abuse it or become dependent on the methadone, you will literally go through hell. you think it`s bad with benzos, you have no idea. methadone withdrawal is the worst possible withdrawal. i suggest if one was to do it, do it at a treatment center where they can monitor you and your dosage.
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Alex, you don't quit a benzo with methadone, that's just ludicrous!!!
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you're right. i made a mistake and hastily misread. i was talking about opiates. i started to comment on this one about benzos while commenting on another about opiates, and ended up getting the open tabs mixed up talking about opiates in this one instead. disregard what i said obviously. methadone mixed with benzos can be really dangerous. i apologize for the mix up. i feel like an idiot now.
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Hello,

I am reducing for months my dosage
which is  3 drops of Klonazepam
every 3 days.I wanted to quit it at all right now
but felt after the fifth day without withdrawal
symptoms.My question to you when can
I stop takeing it safely ?
To what I have to decrease my dosage
to stop it completly as 6mg of Valium which
is the equavailant of what I take every 3rd day is like nothing.This drug is so longlasting to completly quit with.Thanks For Your Help
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617347 tn?1331296681
HI :)... Try this website..

benzo.org.uk

have a look at the ashton manual
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1831920 tn?1320861357
Be careful with benzo withdrawal.  It can cause seizures etc.  Do you have a dr you can talk to?
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BENZO WITHDRAWAL'S ARE HORRIFIC..I'VE NEVER PERSONALLY GONE THRU THEM BUT I HAVE WITNESSED MY FRIEND GO THRU THEM..WE WERE JUST RIDING IN THE CAR THE NEXT THING I KNOW SHE IS HAVING A SEIZURE,SHE WAS ICE COLD AND HAD NO PULSE,I SERIOUSLY THOUGHT SHE WAS DEAD SO I PULLED OVER AND CALLED 911..NOT TRYING TO SCARE U BUT PLEASE BE SAFE AND DO IT THE RIGHT WAS AND PLEASE ADVISE YOUR DR IF U HAVEN'T ALREADY..GOOD LUCK :)
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My husband takes three .5mgs of xanax every night to help him steep. He never takes it during the day! Is this gonna be hard for him to stop? Should I be concerned????
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This thread is pretty old and your post might be missed.  Go up to the top and click on the orange ask a question button (copy and paste your question).  This will start a NEW thread and you are more likely to get the help you need. Good luck.
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