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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2019, 08:41:45 pm »
Hi [...],

I wish you all the best with your taper. You are down a lot already.

So sorry about you missing the trip.

I went overseas to see my son. I slipped in the rain forest and cut my knee on a rock. The whole leg was infected the next day. I almost lost it and spent Christmas in the hospital overseas and New Year's in the hospital stateside. Knee is okay now thankfully.

LA

So sorry to hear about your leg!  UGH!  I can't imagine.  But i'm happy to hear that you're doing much better! 

You've made significant progress in your taper.  How are your symptoms?  It looks like you jumped and then went back on a very small dose.  How long were you on higher doses?  Your signature gives me hope especially today when side effects are pretty severe! 

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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 09:25:35 pm »
Ugh I'm feeling awful today! I'm wondering if my thyroid is out of wack. My last test results were a little bit off, but my doctor said it was ok, and test in 3 months again.

Or maybe it's because I switched manufacturers of alprazolam. I had actavis before, round pink pills. Now the pills are oval and yellow. I've switched manufacturers before, with no problem. Could this be throwing me for a loop?

Brain spinning out of control. Internal tremors, skin burning. This is terrible. I only felt this way twice before.  Once when I first tried to cut 25% from my daily dose (not knowing any better). The other time was when my thyroid hormone dose was too high.

Yick
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2019, 10:48:36 pm »
Hi [...] and everyone,
[...]- looks like starting a new thread was a great idea on your part.  I am so grateful you did.  I hope you will feel better soon.  I sent you a reply message and it is long so take your time getting to it.  Had more to say than I thought but it was good to get some things out.  Bless you for being encouraging and supportive.

I am so sorry about your trip and not being able to see your son.  You are in my prayers.

Fi - I agree with [...] - no judgement- I wish you the best.  We all have to do what we need to do to best help ourselves.

[...] - I have read that taking generic benzo's can react differently and cause other problems.  Right now I am taking the blue ones (1 mg pill) and orange ones( .50 mg pill)  I am splitting them as I take my daily amount in 4 doses.

I hope everyone will stay and we can support each other.  I am thankful that this site exist and that I have already found some people here that are wonderful and caring.

We all need each other.  We can fight this and win!!!!   

It would be great if anyone wants to share their taper schedule and time line as it will give me an idea of what I should be doing because I am not sure of what to do and how fast to do it.  I am sticking to the Xanax and cutting my pills at this point.  So far I have been tapering .25 mg each month.  I do not know if that is too fast and do not want to run into terrible symptoms.  I started at 3.50 mg a day and as of yesterday am at 2.75 mg a day in 4 does each day.  (I am not good at percentages and math)

Take care everyone.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2019, 11:01:15 pm »
Hi [...] - I'm not sure how long I've been on Xanax. I am certain I was on it twelve years back but maybe as much as 17 years.

A new GP told me tat Xanax was bad long term and suggested a taper but with no guidance. I went down from 3 (4 on a few days and per prescription @ 4 per day x 1 mg).

Before the taper, I'm sure I had w/d between doses but was not aware that was an issue. In addition to the overseas fall and leg infection, a runner on a basement step slipped, and I went face first down the steps. That rolled the skin on my right leg down like a sock. I ended up with a pig skin graft as the place would not heal.

The taper started Oct 2018 but was quite random. I'd cut a bit and not go back up. I did end up out cold in the floor twice. It's possible I had seizures, but my blood sugar was wacked, and I've had a low pulse. I live alone and had no warning so don't know about those passing out spells.

In Jan 2019 I had read more and found BB. I cut from 1.5 down to .5 over a quick time period. S/x were brutal. Along with the physical stuff, I felt outside my body. I was not taking care of myself much. My blood sugar was bad enough that my new GP was talking insulin.

Due to my poor overall state, the GP wanted me on 1.5 Xanax. I actually take .5 with .25 in the am and .25 in the pm. I've stabilized fairly well at the .5. I will wait to cut a little more until after this weekend when my son visits.

My goal is to get off Xanax. I did go too fast in Jan. I'[...] be more careful as I get off the last .5.

Hope that helps a little.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2019, 11:13:13 pm »
HopeTpDoThis - I can only speak from my experience, but when I've been given round shaped Xanax generics, I've felt like I've been in full blown cold turkey.

About a year or two ago, the pharmacy gave me round alprazalam which did nothing. I traded them back for football shaped ones after two days and forgot about it. The new .25 pills that I got last month were also the round brand and did not work at all. I had plenty of .5 left so split them until I got a new prescription which I filled but checked before I left that they were my usual brand and football shaped.

I'm not sure what the difference is between brands, but my body and mind sure notice.

I'm sorry that you're having a rough time. My experience is that changing brands is awful. Perhaps you could speak to your doctor or pharmacist about trading out for your usual brand.

All the best to you and hope you feel better soon.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2019, 11:52:50 pm »
Goodness [...] it sounds like you've been through a ringer. My pills have always been 0.5 mg. I was good with the pink footballs and the pink rounds. But I think these yellow footballs are throwing me for a loop. I took a quarter of one of the pink round ones I have left earlier and in an hour I felt much better. Tomorrow I'[...] take pieces of the yellow ones and see how that goes. I'[...] forget the liquid for a few days.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2019, 12:00:57 am »
HopeTpDoThis - I can only speak from my experience, but when I've been given round shaped Xanax generics, I've felt like I've been in full blown cold turkey.

About a year or two ago, the pharmacy gave me round alprazalam which did nothing. I traded them back for football shaped ones after two days and forgot about it. The new .25 pills that I got last month were also the round brand and did not work at all. I had plenty of .5 left so split them until I got a new prescription which I filled but checked before I left that they were my usual brand and football shaped.

I'm not sure what the difference is between brands, but my body and mind sure notice.

I'm sorry that you're having a rough time. My experience is that changing brands is awful. Perhaps you could speak to your doctor or pharmacist about trading out for your usual brand.

All the best to you and hope you feel better soon.

Ditto on the "round shaped" xanax!  I believe they were Activis (sp)?  I had a horrible time with them! I'm now using an online pharmacy as per my insurance and they are able to order Greenstone for me which are the oval shaped pills. Sandoz makes them as well - that was the company I had been prescribed from for over a decade but both my local pharmacies and my online pharmacy do not carry them any longer.  Hence, I had to ask them to please fill Greenstone only.  There's speculation on whether they are the company who manufacture them the same as Pfizer (the original manufacturer of Xanax) or not.  All I know is that they are far better than the Activis (sp) that I had taken!  Also, Teva did not work well either!

My doctor has been wonderful in writing scripts for 1, .5 and .25 mg pills to use as needed. 

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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2019, 12:03:57 am »
Hi [...] and everyone,
[...]- looks like starting a new thread was a great idea on your part.  I am so grateful you did.  I hope you will feel better soon.  I sent you a reply message and it is long so take your time getting to it.  Had more to say than I thought but it was good to get some things out.  Bless you for being encouraging and supportive.

I am so sorry about your trip and not being able to see your son.  You are in my prayers.

Fi - I agree with [...] - no judgement- I wish you the best.  We all have to do what we need to do to best help ourselves.

[...] - I have read that taking generic benzo's can react differently and cause other problems.  Right now I am taking the blue ones (1 mg pill) and orange ones( .50 mg pill)  I am splitting them as I take my daily amount in 4 doses.

I hope everyone will stay and we can support each other.  I am thankful that this site exist and that I have already found some people here that are wonderful and caring.

We all need each other.  We can fight this and win!!!!   

It would be great if anyone wants to share their taper schedule and time line as it will give me an idea of what I should be doing because I am not sure of what to do and how fast to do it.  I am sticking to the Xanax and cutting my pills at this point.  So far I have been tapering .25 mg each month.  I do not know if that is too fast and do not want to run into terrible symptoms.  I started at 3.50 mg a day and as of yesterday am at 2.75 mg a day in 4 does each day.  (I am not good at percentages and math)

Take care everyone.

Thanks soooo much for your note!  I promise I will respond when my head is more clear! My husband just did the math for me and I did not realize that I just made an 18% cut!  DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!  No [...] why I'm feeling so bad!  I haven't felt this bad in a year!  UGH!  My own fault!

Will get back to you as soon as I can.

So glad you're here! 

Hugs to all!

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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2019, 04:30:41 pm »
Hi [...],

Oh my goodness, I hope you are feeling better today!  18% is ALOT.  I am not good at math anymore so I have no idea what percentage I am doing.  I just know I am doing .25 mg a month.  I guess I will keep doing that until I start having bad symptons and then figure out what I need to do.  I am better than yesterday.  This is day 3 of the new taper.

Take your time responding to me.  I totally understand feeling HIRRIBLE! 

Take care and we will chat soon. 

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs back at cha!!

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I hope everyone else is doing good today!! :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2019, 08:25:45 pm »
My yellow football pills are like they have nothing in them! I've taken 0.25 mg already today and I'm having horrible symptoms. Can't focus, lightheaded, internal trembling, muscle burning.

Man this sucks.
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