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Old 12-22-14, 02:26 AM   #1
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I was prescribed Clonazepam .5mg twice daily for anxiety about 2 years ago. It helped my anxiety but the situation that brought it on was never resolved, and if anything escalated. I was having trouble with a neighbor, my complaints went unheeded by management, and that ultimately put me at odds with them. I've tried not to let it bother me and over the past few months things have cooled down somewhat.

The doctor who was initially prescribing them to me moved earlier this year so I had to find another doctor to continue writing my script. I found someone willing to continue me at the same dose, but the doctor/patient relationship we have is nothing like the one I had with my original doctor, in that I don't feel like I can trust her or be totally honest with her like I could with my original doctor.

During the summer my mom became seriously ill and it put a lot of extra stress on me. After debating it for several weeks I called to ask if I could get a medication increase. The nurse called me back to inform me the doctor agreed to write me an extra five .5mg tablets, to take "when I felt like pulling my hair out". My mother ended up dieing a couple weeks later.

I had never abused them, wasn't one pill behind on my script, and felt like she had not only grossly misjudged the situation and my state of mind, but slapped me in the face with her measly script for 5 pills.

I decided I wasn't going to let anyone have that kind of power over me, to stop taking benzos, take back control of my life, and canceled my last appointment. I bought a scale and have been dry cutting my dose with a drop every 7-10 days down to approximately .15mg twice a day now, as close as I can judge by weight of the pills.

I still had two refills on my script before I was scheduled to see her again, so I have plenty of pills to work with, but have taken a little break from dropping my dose over the past week to get past Christmas.

I went Cold Turkey off Xanax about 10 years ago and it was the most hellish 4 weeks of my life, to put it mildly. So far I've only had some minor tingling in my lower legs and it's been nothing like when I came off the Xanax. It hasn't gotten any easier the lower my dosage has gotten, but with any luck I'll be off them by the end of February, if not before.

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Old 12-22-14, 08:59 AM   #2
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Just be careful about weaning yourself off your meds without consulting your doctor. I tried weaning myself off mine not long ago, and the withdrawals were too bad I couldn't do it and had to dose up again. The doctor since told me that I was doing it wrong.... I was using the same method as when I weaned off cymbalta, but it was a different approach for pristiq.

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Thanks, rememberthegirl.

I've been taking it very slowly, making tiny cuts, and you would be surprised how much a very small amount can a difference in the way you feel physically. It's mostly been a tingling/burning sensation in my feet and legs and I haven't been sleeping as well as I'd like, but nothing like when I came off Xanax and I don't want it to be.

I only slept for 20 minute periods every 36-48 hours for the first 3 weeks during Xanax withdrawals and it was a full 4 weeks before I was out of the woods. I was in my own home when I went through that ordeal, with no one I could turn to, so I had to ride it out. I live in an apartment now, where there are noises all day and maintenance could knock on the door at any time. I was a mess and can't be that out of it here, so I'm going about it at a very leisurely pace.

The first part, going from 1mg a day to .5 mg a day went smoothly, with almost no noticeable symptoms. After I got below .5mg I started to notice it more and did feel like I had hit a plateau. Any drop caused what I felt was a disproportionate increase in symptoms, so I've taken a break to give my body time to adjust over the past 10 days and will not make another drop till after Christmas. I'm confident I can do it though, and determined not to go back to the doctor.

As for the anxiety, it hasn't been an issue yet. Things have cooled down between my neighbor and I, but I was lucky I didn't get kicked out by management the way I went off on them after the attitude they took with me, so I'll have to bite my tongue and avoid that situation as much as possible. That will be half the battle...
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