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[Buddie]

Iím back and need help.
« on: January 25, 2023, 08:50:53 pm »
Hello everyone.  I received a lot of help from so many of you about 1 1/2 years ago and I couldnít have done it without you.  Iíve been on Xanax for approximately 28 years.  I tapered from 2.5 mg Xanax a day to 1.5 mg a day.  Have been on the 1.5 mg since for the last 1 1/2 years.   
My background is so similar to moojoo22 itís uncanny!!   

My doctor left her practice and I am seeing someone new.  He wants me to taper.  Unlike my previous GP who doled out X like candy, the new one wants me off completely.  I want off it so badly as well.  I feel chained to it.  Iím so afraid if I was unconscious and taken to a hospital they wouldnít know to give me my pills and I would die. 

Hereís my problem and what draws me back to you is that Iím in a bad place.  Iím quite depressed and anxious even after coming back from vacation.  Iím still on 175 mg Zoloft but not sure if it even works.  Along with a few health problems I canít think like I used to.  I feel confused.   Iíd like any opinion and help anyone can give me in which dose I should start with this new taper and by how much.  I am currently taking:
.25 on waking
.25 10:30 am
.25   1:30 pm
.25    4:30 pm
.5 at bedtime 

Thank you all so much in advance 
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2023, 01:43:33 am »
I know youíre not looking forward to tapering off of the Xanax but I was thinking when I saw the number of times a day you dose and thought, wonít it be nice when youíre not chained to the drug anymore?  There is a sense of freedom when we can eliminate the chain that keeps us tethered to the drug so I hope you can see the upside of taking this on.

What kind of taper are you planning on, will your new doctor allow you to go at your own pace?
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2023, 02:55:41 am »
Thank you for your reply.   There is a huge part of me that wants to be off that drug so so badly but so scary. 
I tapered a whole mg in a little less than a month.   I started with just a little tiny piece for a few days then another and so on.  One mg was 4 doses for me so I was feeling good about it but then I stopped. 

I have been meaning to to start tapering but didnít.   Now my dr wants me off them and I have no choice.  Iím so afraid.  Last time was my choice but now I feel pressure.   Im trying to put together a plan but I feel confused.  my dr did say leave first dose and last dose as is and start with one of the two mid day ones.  Trying to figure it out.  H the dr did say it will take time and he didnít give me a timeline but I think he wants sooner than later.   He also said perhaps replacing it with another drug to get me through and that scares me!  Arenít they all addictive?
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2023, 03:22:25 am »
Has your doctor read The Ashton Manual? Does he know about compounding the doses so you can taper slowly?

If you add in any other medication, you will have to then wean off of that as well. I am in that position and wish I was not in that position. It seems to only add to the risk and potential side effect profile and adds time to recovery.

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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2023, 03:41:30 am »
Hi Rebecca Ö. Iím so glad you are feeling progress.  I donít really know what compounding means with regard to Xanax.  Iíll have to read the manual.   
Youíre so right about the replacement with another drug, itís terrifying.   Why would I do that? 

What Iím not comfortable with is itís very hard to find a dr in my city.  Always was.  I found a female dr but only met her at a meet and greet. She mentioned we would work on getting off the X.  Sheís on maternity leave until May.  The dr who is taking her place has me starting this taper and Iím sure as heck know I wonít be finished with it.   So Iíll be working with him and heíll leave and I start with her.   That really bothers me! 

Thanks for your reply 😘
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2023, 04:17:45 am »
Where are you from in Canada.

Iím in the Toronto area and might be able to help if youíre in Ontario etc.

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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2023, 04:46:34 am »
If my memory serves me correctly, I recall reading a post here where someone in Canada found a doctor who worked with Heather Ashton and that doctor helped their taper. You might want to search "Canada" and "Ashton" to find the post here. I hope that I am correct about this.

Here is helpful information on compounding and The Ashton Manual:
https://www.benzoinfo.com/benzodiazepine-tapering-strategies/

I hope that you research these methods before you make any decisions.

You mention feeling confused...You can always ask a family member or friend who is good with math and research to help you digest this information and make the soundest decision. You do not have to do this alone. Please protect your health at all costs. It is worth it.
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2023, 05:12:06 pm »
Where are you from in Canada.

Iím in the Toronto area and might be able to help if youíre in Ontario etc.

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Hi!!   Iím just outside of Toronto.
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2023, 07:30:16 pm »
I broke my addiction chain over a year ago and loving it!
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[Buddie]

Re: Iím back and need help.
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2023, 08:40:07 pm »
If my memory serves me correctly, I recall reading a post here where someone in Canada found a doctor who worked with Heather Ashton and that doctor helped their taper. You might want to search "Canada" and "Ashton" to find the post here. I hope that I am correct about this.

Hello [...].  Are you perchance referring to Dr. Jim Wright?  He did indeed meet Dr. Ashton and used her method.  My understanding is he is now retired from practice but is still a member of the medical advisory board for the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition:

Jim Wright, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
https://www.benzoinfo.com/jim-wright/
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