Author Topic: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?  (Read 1604 times)

[Buddie]

I'm going to be starting my taper tomorrow off of Klonopin.  I was wondering if there were some medications or supplements/vitamins that could assist me i.e. give me a greater chance at succeeding?

I'm on the last 2 mg here and I really want to push through this.  I've had Trazodone for sleep before and I've heard some good things about Gabapentin/Neurontin.  In the supplement area I have no clue other than possibly Kanna.  I take an expensive multivitamin and eat clean so I don't know if there is much more I can do in that area.

For tapering I'm thinking of using the Ashton manual but I haven't really read of any other methods.

Any thoughts or opinions?  I know sleep is very important in succeeding which is why I'm strongly leaning towards seeing if the dr will prescribe me some Trazodone.  More sleep = greater chance of success with me.

Thanks.
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 11:22:01 am »
I found opiates useful in getting me through the most difficult and painful stages of the journey. They also have anti depressant qualities, assist sleep and are relatively non toxic.

They have a bad rap which is largely undeserved do to their addictive qualities yet by using them responsibly and not daily one can avoid dependence.

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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 04:07:49 am »
Some use anti seizure medications with success especially Gabapentin if the dose is right. I took and am still taking Depoakote, it did nothing for me.
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 04:14:50 am »
Some use anti seizure medications with success especially Gabapentin if the dose is right. I took and am still taking Depoakote, it did nothing for me.

Depoakote?  Never heard of that one.

Gabapentin I've been on but I think it was too low of a dose to really notice anything.  I have heard of using that one.
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 04:46:22 am »
Depakote is dirty man. I hate the stuff, it has made me fat and has raised one of my liver enzymes! I've heard a lot of people getting help with Gabapentin but the dose is tricky. I think the ones that don't respond well with it aren't taking enough or are just really sensitive to it. I'm not recommending it just saying from what I've heard. Two of my friends who abused big doses of Xanax used Gabapentin and Alcohol to detox themselves. I thought they were nuts! A year later they tapered off the Gabapentin (which was still hard for them) however they just increased their alcohol use and continue to drink to this day. So who knows if they are really healed, right? Just know that Gaba will have a withdrawal too although I hear it's not nearly as bad or as long I should say.
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 04:54:47 am »
Gabapentin wd is hell on earth also, believe me, Please go to the other meds thread and look for the gabapentin withdrawl posts. You will find the same horror stories you find on any benzo. IMO only, I think its gonna be worse than the Klonopin for me due to the very short half life. If you can stay away from it..if you can. I wish I NEVER took it, then Id only be dealing with the K wd.

There was a big lawsuit out on it also.
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 04:59:05 am »
Gabapentin wd is hell on earth also, believe me, Please go to the other meds thread and look for the gabapentin withdrawl posts. You will find the same horror stories you find on any benzo. IMO only, I think its gonna be worse than the Klonopin for me due to the very short half life. If you can stay away from it..if you can. I wish I NEVER took it, then Id only be dealing with the K wd.

There was a big lawsuit out on it also.

Thanks for the replies on this.  I was seriously considering gabapentin but now I'll stay clear of that.  Keep your chin up [...], you look like you're doing great with your tapering!  I wish I was at where you are right now. :)
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 05:09:11 am »
Thanks [...] and I think your smart to say away OMG. Ya my taper is going, but Im suffering. I have alot of pre existing problems with depression and anxiety PLUS the damn gabapentin so dont let that comment effect you bud.
Be well
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 06:02:13 am »
Yeah there is a reason Gabapentin works, because it probably doing what the benzo was doing. My doctor gave it to me and I took it once. It gave me a tightening in my throat and my heart was pounding, scared me! He told me it's addictive too so I said forget it.

I got Depakote because I had a seizure before and that's why I'm on it. Doctor was afraid I'd have a withdrawal seizure. I was on 1000 mg and tapered down to 187 mg now. It didn't do anything for my withdrawal sx, not a thing! I haven't had a seizure not that I'm aware of and even the depakote has withdrawal like benzos but not as bad so far. It's been tough getting off this last little bit. I think I'll wait till I'm healed first. Good luck, maybe look at the titrating forum for coming off the benzo.
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[Buddie]

Re: What medications and/or supplements can assist benzo withdrawal?
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 09:09:04 pm »
Many people find Remeron very useful in benzo withdrawal.  Seems to mask benzo withdrawal sx's (the tricky part seems to be not coming off too soon and finding your benzo withdrawal sx's aren't healed yet).  Some people found this also has withdrawal syndrome potential (IMO after reading it sounds like it isn't as bad as benzo withdrawals, though there are a few pretty daunting stories).  Read the Remeron threads... some call it a lifesaver (like Parker, JC90, and builder)... some call it evil (like Angel958 [might have her name wrong]).

I take it occaisonally for sleep.  Really in hindsight I can just say I wish I had gone on Remeron, gabapentin, or something like that to help mask benzo withdrawal... a non-benzo (at least usually less intense) withdrawal sounds excellent.

I also find magnesium helpful in calming the nervous system (magnesium malate or glycinate seem good).

I'm no doctor, but I think the best advice is not to quickly push though this... treat tapering like you're boiling a frog, heat that water slowly.  It's good to try and avoid shocking your body.
- taper very slowly
- make very small dosage cuts
- titrate toward the end
- going slow is your best friend

Good luck,
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