Author Topic: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!  (Read 15208 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #350 on: September 12, 2020, 11:41:33 pm »
Hello ..I am having a rough go.  I having been dosing down and finding it so difficult.  Dosing down on Monday another 2.5 percent after a four week hold.  Today I developed another patch of purpura.  I seem to be getting this once a month.  My veins swell on and off throughout the day, this has me worried.  Anyone else experience anything like this?
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #351 on: September 13, 2020, 01:05:53 am »
Hello ..I am having a rough go.  I having been dosing down and finding it so difficult.  Dosing down on Monday another 2.5 percent after a four week hold.  Today I developed another patch of purpura.  I seem to be getting this once a month.  My veins swell on and off throughout the day, this has me worried.  Anyone else experience anything like this?
Hi, Sorry you are having problems. I looked up purpura, ad I'd never heard of it. One thing I read is it could be a side effect to medication. I don't know if you are taking other meds. You may want to check with your doctor as it could be something that needs treatment.

How long has this been going on? Xanax can cause All kinds of issues and you definitely want to make sure it's not something serious.
Sorry I couldn't be more help. Xanax has done so much to me, sensitivities to meds, food, stroke like symptoms etx.

Keep us posted.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #352 on: September 13, 2020, 01:53:26 am »
I am only taking alprazolam, b12 and folic acid.  I have been getting this rash petechiae/purpura for the last three months on and off.  Just on my arms.  I think it may be happening due to sun exposure.  Checking with my Dr. for sure.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #353 on: October 06, 2020, 08:47:30 pm »
I am only taking alprazolam, b12 and folic acid.  I have been getting this rash petechiae/purpura for the last three months on and off.  Just on my arms.  I think it may be happening due to sun exposure.  Checking with my Dr. for sure.

Hello - SeaSalt - did you ever find out what is going on with the rash?  Hope you are doing better.
Hugs,
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #354 on: October 09, 2020, 04:27:55 pm »
I have a question for others tapering xanax. When you cut do you take your dose off of all the doses or just one dose? I've always just cut it off of one of my daily doses. My brain can't do anything more complicated.  My doc thinks that's why my withdrawals are tough. Just wondering what others have done?
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #355 on: October 09, 2020, 06:02:48 pm »
I have done both. It changes. Sometimes just cutting the last dose worked, but not great.  Currently doing a micro taper, so cutting all doses equal.

I don't think mix dosages make the wd any worse or better. It's the level of wd we are in.Our bodies are calmest in the evening, so we don't usually need as much medication (hence that's a good dose to cut if your just doing 1.) Our mornings are awful, and our body is in the most distress, hence, some people make dose 1 a bit bigger. That has never worked for me.

Xanax has to be the weirdest poison there is. I noticed a long time ago that every dose is different, even when they are identical.  I don't know if that's just me, but there is never any confidence in reliability when I take my dose. Morning doses almost always suck, because of morning anxiety, doses doesn't matter much.

If you want to go with uniform doses, it's worth a shot . As to the math, ask for help. The math is the hardest issue for most of us.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #356 on: October 09, 2020, 06:23:14 pm »
I have a question for others tapering xanax. When you cut do you take your dose off of all the doses or just one dose? I've always just cut it off of one of my daily doses. My brain can't do anything more complicated.  My doc thinks that's why my withdrawals are tough. Just wondering what others have done?

Hi - I usually cut from one of my doses and then the next cut from one of the other 3 doses.  At this point my 2nd, 3rd and 4th doses are the same and the first dose of the day is the highest since it has been hours since I have had a dose.  When I do my next cut, I am not sure how I am going to do it because I know that first dose of the day is what I need to get it back in my system.  I want to cut from the first dose but will have to think about it long and hard before I do it. 
I have read on BB that some people say taking all even doses is a good thing because you are getting the same consistent dose all day but it is hard to do it when you are micro tapering which is what I am doing. 

This cut has been a little harder (cut this past Sunday) but I have had a lot going on and have been under a lot of stress this week as my husband had surgery yesterday and I am dealing with that.  Worrying about the outcome of that all week has been hard for me.  He is doing better now but yesterday and last night were pretty bad.  I was pretty scared a couple times yesterday afternoon and evening.  So, I have been anxious this week anyway.  I am not having bad symptoms but I am pretty anxious.

Like everyone here, all we can do is try things and figure out what works best.  This has got to be the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and I have dealt with alot of things in my life that were rough and painful.
Xanax is the worst drug to manage and get off of.  I hate that I was put on it and trusted what I was told to do to take it. 

We will all get through this.  I do believe that!!

Hugs,
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #357 on: October 09, 2020, 06:52:00 pm »
I totally feel you! I am microtapering as are you, and some cuts are OK, others are horrible. It just goes to show how nonlinear the process is.

When I am in a wave (like now) making dose 1 bigger than the others does not help at all. It feels like my body hates the xanax, and I have to be patient.  It really feels like I am taking poison every time I dose when these waves hit.

I just made a cut 2 days ago like you, and this one is horrible. How on earth dose it make sense to reduce by such a minute amount and get slammed.

Anyway, as hard as it is, I have to proceed by logic and what is best for my healing. Not by how I feel. I know my body was ready for a cut, so I made it. And it hurts. The physical symptoms are horrible, and the anxiety and panic are bad. Typical wave. The anxiety is so bad, as you mentioned. I have to really use self control to accept it, and not start panicking that the medication is not working.

If we updosed  everytime we got a wave, we would not get anywhere. Plus for me, my body was starting to paradox on the previous cut, so I knew I had to make another one.

We will get there. Lets keep in touch and compare notes. I am new to microtapering, and would like to see the wave cycles of someone else doing the same thing. Might get a pattern, might not.

We will get through this, as you said.
Patience, acceptance.
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #358 on: October 09, 2020, 08:10:29 pm »
I totally feel you! I am microtapering as are you, and some cuts are OK, others are horrible. It just goes to show how nonlinear the process is.

When I am in a wave (like now) making dose 1 bigger than the others does not help at all. It feels like my body hates the xanax, and I have to be patient.  It really feels like I am taking poison every time I dose when these waves hit.

I just made a cut 2 days ago like you, and this one is horrible. How on earth dose it make sense to reduce by such a minute amount and get slammed.

Anyway, as hard as it is, I have to proceed by logic and what is best for my healing. Not by how I feel. I know my body was ready for a cut, so I made it. And it hurts. The physical symptoms are horrible, and the anxiety and panic are bad. Typical wave. The anxiety is so bad, as you mentioned. I have to really use self control to accept it, and not start panicking that the medication is not working.

If we updosed  everytime we got a wave, we would not get anywhere. Plus for me, my body was starting to paradox on the previous cut, so I knew I had to make another one.

We will get there. Lets keep in touch and compare notes. I am new to microtapering, and would like to see the wave cycles of someone else doing the same thing. Might get a pattern, might not.

We will get through this, as you said.
Patience, acceptance.

Hi [...] - I agree too that some cuts are ok and some are horrible.  At the beginning I was making .25 mg cuts once a month.  I would cut the whole .25 instead of cutting twice a month and I can tell you that was HARD!  There were so many days I would have to lay down every single day for a couple to 3 hours to try to feel better.  Sometimes it helped and sometimes it did not.
Since I started making my cuts smaller, it has been better but some cuts are harder.  When I went from 1.125 down to 1.0, it took me a couple months to be able to do it.  I could not figure it out.  I would go down to 1.0 mg and it would be so hard and I would have such horrible anxiety and my chest would hurt and that did not help my anxiety.  I kept going back in forth with the dose and finally one day I decided I would just deal with the WD and so I did and it was like when I absolutely would not updose to 1.125 mg, my brain accepted it and I went on from there. 
Then I started making my cuts smaller and more often and that has worked pretty well.  I do have days that are better than others and up until the last couple days and today, it was manageable.  Right now, my head hurts, my ears feel like I am on an airplane, and the anxiety is strong.  Part of it is more because of my husband's situation but I knew Sunday night this cut was different than the last 2.  If I am not better in a couple days, I may have to go between doses for a week or two like I did before. 

If we updosed  everytime we got a wave, we would not get anywhere.  I agree - I would have been on more than I was when I started tapering if I did that.  :)

I will add you to my buddies on here and yes, lets keep in touch!  It would be nice to have another friend here on Xanax that understands how hard it is to get off the Xanax.  Poison is what I call it.  That is what it feels like.  It has no therapeutic value to me now and has not for quite some time.  It does nothing for my anxiety and only causes me WD and that makes me angry sometimes but I just try to stay as positive as I can.

Will be so happy when this long, hard, painful journey is over.  I look forward to when I am off and healed.

Hugs,
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[Buddie]

Re: Looking for Buddies - LT High dose Xanax direct taper 1/2 way there!
« Reply #359 on: November 04, 2020, 09:45:21 pm »
In the meantime, can I send you another newbie?  We can work together on this by watching for newbies looking for Xanax taper help on the Taper Board and linking them to this support group.

I'm going to send Bproof over to this thread for support, okay?  Taper help is fairly brief, support is important and ongoing.

Hi there I  could use help with a Xanax taper....plus I'm a newbie
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