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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1500 on: October 06, 2020, 05:18:33 pm »
Hello, I am new to the Xanax club.  I have been trying to dose off of .25 mg 2x daily with great difficulty. I am only down 25 percent and feeling discouraged.  I am cutting 2.5 percent of .35mg once a month and still having side effects.  Hypothyroidism, low blood platelets, anxiety, depression,muscle spasms,low iron, low B 12.    it feels like it is getting more difficult with each cut, but how could I cut any less?  At this rate it will take years to be free of this drug.

I need some guidance..

Hello,  I am so sorry you are having such a rough time.  How many times do you dose a day?  Twice?  That is what I get from your post.  If that is what you are doing, you may want to consider dosing 4 times a day so that you are keeping a steady stream of Xanax in your system.  This would help with interdose withdrawal.
 That is what I do.  I can not dose less than 4 times a day at this point.  Since the beginning of taking high doses of Xanax , I have always dosed 4 times a day.  Even with tapering, I need to do that so I do not have interdose withdrawal. 
Let me know how you dose and maybe I can give you some guidance or at least tell you what has worked for me.  I know that what works for one person may not work for all but I do know that spreading out your doses has helped alot of people.  If you are only dosing twice a day, it may help you alot to spread out your doses to 4 a day and that could help you with the symptoms you are having.

Take care.
hugs
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1501 on: October 06, 2020, 05:26:07 pm »
Hello, I am new to the Xanax club.  I have been trying to dose off of .25 mg 2x daily with great difficulty. I am only down 25 percent and feeling discouraged.  I am cutting 2.5 percent of .35mg once a month and still having side effects.  Hypothyroidism, low blood platelets, anxiety, depression,muscle spasms,low iron, low B 12.    it feels like it is getting more difficult with each cut, but how could I cut any less?  At this rate it will take years to be free of this drug.

I need some guidance..

Hello,  I am so sorry you are having such a rough time.  How many times do you dose a day?  Twice?  That is what I get from your post.  If that is what you are doing, you may want to consider dosing 4 times a day so that you are keeping a steady stream of Xanax in your system.  This would help with interdose withdrawal.
 That is what I do.  I can not dose less than 4 times a day at this point.  Since the beginning of taking high doses of Xanax , I have always dosed 4 times a day.  Even with tapering, I need to do that so I do not have interdose withdrawal. 
Let me know how you dose and maybe I can give you some guidance or at least tell you what has worked for me.  I know that what works for one person may not work for all but I do know that spreading out your doses has helped alto of people.  If you are only dosing twice a day, it may help you alto to spread out your doses to 4 a day and that could help you with the symptoms you are having.

Take care.
hugs
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Good idea [...].

[...], you could also do 3 doses a day. That way you have a bit more medication each time. Kind of a balance between an effective dose and interdose withdraw.

Keep in mind we want to give you the best suggestions and ideas we have, but your body will tell you what modifications are helpful.

My strongest inkling is that you need to microtaper from here. However, I am not a doctor, so please, follow your instincts. :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1502 on: October 06, 2020, 05:30:21 pm »
Also, look at Julias taper numbers as she got lower. Very very small cuts. That's micro tapering. Even though my dosage is so high, I just started micro tapering myself. My previous 2 attempts at tapering failed, so going in this direction for my 3ed and hopefully final, taper.

This is what I meant when I said don't be rigid. We often have to change things up as we go along.
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1503 on: October 06, 2020, 08:04:15 pm »
Hello, I am new to the Xanax club.  I have been trying to dose off of .25 mg 2x daily with great difficulty. I am only down 25 percent and feeling discouraged.  I am cutting 2.5 percent of .35mg once a month and still having side effects.  Hypothyroidism, low blood platelets, anxiety, depression,muscle spasms,low iron, low B 12.    it feels like it is getting more difficult with each cut, but how could I cut any less?  At this rate it will take years to be free of this drug.

I need some guidance..

Hello,  I am so sorry you are having such a rough time.  How many times do you dose a day?  Twice?  That is what I get from your post.  If that is what you are doing, you may want to consider dosing 4 times a day so that you are keeping a steady stream of Xanax in your system.  This would help with interdose withdrawal.
 That is what I do.  I can not dose less than 4 times a day at this point.  Since the beginning of taking high doses of Xanax , I have always dosed 4 times a day.  Even with tapering, I need to do that so I do not have interdose withdrawal. 
Let me know how you dose and maybe I can give you some guidance or at least tell you what has worked for me.  I know that what works for one person may not work for all but I do know that spreading out your doses has helped alto of people.  If you are only dosing twice a day, it may help you alto to spread out your doses to 4 a day and that could help you with the symptoms you are having.

Take care.
hugs
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Good idea [...]. [color=[...]]Thank you [...], I like you idea of 3 doses as well since [...] is so miserable.  That could make [...] feel better faster.  [/color][/b]

[...], you could also do 3 doses a day. That way you have a bit more medication each time. Kind of a balance between an effective dose and interdose withdraw.

Keep in mind we want to give you the best suggestions and ideas we have, but your body will tell you what modifications are helpful.  [color=[...]]I agree 100%.  When I first started my taper, I kept looking at how others were tapering and how fast and I quickly found that my body and brain did not like some of what I tried.  I had to find what worked for me.  [/color][/b]

My strongest inkling is that you need to microtaper from here. However, I am not a doctor, so please, follow your instincts. :smitten:  [color=[...]]  I find that micro tapering is what is best for me. Yes it will take me longer to get to 0 but the way I am doing this is making things alot easier for me to make cuts and be able to function and not have many or any side effects. I just made another cut this past Sunday and I am starting to feel it some this time.  I will slow down until my body tells me I am ready to cut again.  It could be a couple weeks or a month or so.  I do listen to my body because I do not want to feel bad and be bed ridden, been there and done that!  It is not a race.  We all want to go fast and get off these pills ASAP but if we go slow, listen to our bodies and make adjustments when we need to, when we get to the end there is more of a chance of healing faster and completely.  I am not a doctor either, all I have is experience with what works for me.[/color][/b]

[...], how long have you been taking Xanax?  Something else to think about is like what [...] said and has done, sometimes people, including myself, may have to go back up to a dose that was working and not giving you horrible symptoms and take time to stabilize.  I did that a few months ago, I had a hard time getting from 1.125 down to 1.0 mg.  I kept beating myself up because it was so hard to go down .125 mg, but then I reminded myself that I have come a long way and this was temporary and I would get down to 1.0 mg when my body was ready.  Now that I am under 1.0 mg, I have made even smaller cuts and have been making them more often but like I said, until this one, I had no issues.  Today could have been a fluke and may not be because of the cut on Sunday because I did not eat like I should have this morning.  I will know tomorrow.  I will adjust as I need to.

Please be kind to your self and do what works for you.  We are here for you.

Hugs,
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1504 on: October 07, 2020, 12:03:57 am »
Thank you both so much!
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1505 on: October 08, 2020, 07:54:06 pm »
Thanks badove & [...].

I'm not sure if I could do all it takes to do Bobs method. Would definitely need hubby to do it.
I having DR & visual distortions with cog fog. But so can't see right in the least. Thinking workers off & on.

You guys ever het these symptoms?

[...], do you know what manufacturer makes your alprazolam.

Mine are very hard & seem to shatter in a pill cutter. I've mostly been splitting them in half with fingernails to get .25
For normal doses. I know not scientific. Mine are by greenstone.

I'm trying to see if I can get same manufacturer in .25mg.

Sorry can't see your dig right now.
How many years have you all been on Xanax?

Is Xanax only benzo you've been on.

Much thanks
SC

Hello, - Yes I have had visual distortions before, its like one eye will get blurry and it will last for a few hours and goes away, fortunately   I have not had that in a while.  The cog fog, I do have sometimes but it is getting better the lower as I go lower in dose. 
The brand I take is greenstone and it is the only brand I can take.  They do make a .25 mg  from greenstone as well and it a white pill. 

The pill cutter I have is a generic one and does not have a name on it.  We got it from the drug store.  He takes the .5 mg and puts it in the pill cutter lengthwise and makes a cut and then he said he takes that and breaks it on the lines and that is how he gets 4 pieces of .0625.

My vision problems are from birth and not due to the xanax and withdrawal. 

I have been on Xanax then Ativan and changed back to xanax daily for 3 years and have taken xanax for over 25 years but only .25 once in a while when I was upset or something.  Maybe 4-5 times a year.  Which is the way it is intended to be taken.  Not high doses for extended lengths of time

Will respond more later.
Hugs,
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Thanks do much for taking time to reply. So Very helpful.
To clarify, you're tapering from a .25mg xanax pill made by greenstone, by quartering it?  [color=[...]]Hi, sorry, I did not see this before,  you are so welcome.  I am using .5 mg and .25 mg pills right now, quartering them both to  get to the smaller doses.  Right now my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th dose of the day are .1875 which is the following - .0625 from the  quartered .25 mg and .125 mg from the quartered .5 mg.  [/color][/b]

XX,
SC

I am a little confused as to your dose.  I see you take .25 4 times a day, but what is the bedtime dose?

Much gratitude, again, [...].
Very helpful & my brain was actually able to take it in. Not sure it will stay there, but it's in print, now. [color=[...]]Thats awesome.  Progress.   :smitten:[/color][/b]
You are making great progress! Bravo!  [color=[...]]I am trying so hard.  Thank you .[/color][/b]
Maybe when you get down lower than .0625, you could get your pills compounded by pharmacist into capsules. Just an idea.  [color=[...]]I will definitely look into that.  I did not know you could do that.
 Thank you.[/color]
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What is shaving pills? Is that done with a nail file? A razor?  [color=[...]]It is exactly what you said, you can use a nail file or razor to shave off some of the pill.  some people shave them down and use a scale to weigh their pills and dose down like that but I do not do that. [/color][/b]

I'm, unfortunately taking, both klonopin & alprazolam

So my doses are:
Day: every 4 hours, I try for these times or within 30m of them.
6am    .25Xanax
10am .25X
2pm   .25X
6pm   .25X

Bed 1MgXanax & 1.5 Klonopin-9:30-10pm   [color=[...]]Thanks for explaining that to me.  I understand now.  I am sorry you have to take both.  Are you just tapering the Xanax now?  [/color][/b]

Take care   
SC

Take care and let me know if I can help you in any way.  We will get through this.  It is hard but we can do it.
Hugs,  [...]
Hi [...],
Thanks for the nice replies.:)

I do not know how to do the insert sentences into text thing, as you have done, so please forgive if I miss anything.

Basically saying, thank you, & your welcome.

Yes, I've not done it, but have read others that did dry tapers & had their Pill's, in the same generic manufacturer compounded by compounding pharmacist & placed into capsules. Just my opinion, but, I think it would be best for when one gets where need smaller cuts than they can get & or at the end of taper , if possible, so as to save money. The one issue with this is, lack of flexibility, possibly, as once they're made, you know, that's the cut your on, unless you have a replacement plan. Oh & doc needs to be willing to write it that way for you. Hopefully you can find help in the, maybe micro taper section from others experienced with this, when if you decide to do it.

Don't want to be a pest...
To double clarify on the  rubber inside V shaped pill cutter. Does yours have & small space at the bottom of the V where the pill must be wedged in to hold it steady? Like the tip of the V has a gap? As apposed to just laying the pill on top of the bottom of the V? Hope that makes sense?
Do you know how your husband knows he's got it vertical & evenly split in half lengthwise?

Glad you seem to be doing well.

I'm not tapering right now. I'm on a hold & trying to plan how I should taper with these 2 meds. I presume I'd cut the Xanax first, but my case is complicated as I have some bad DErealization & visual distortion sxs & im waiting for others in the tapering section to chime in & help me plan what to do. Also trying to wean caffeine water right now & it's rough on me.

Be well
SC
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1506 on: October 19, 2020, 02:31:01 am »
Except for being sore from loading another trailer full of furniture as I transition to a second home [...] of the Mason Dixon line, I'm feeling  fine. Tomorrow I plan to purchase some large plastic tote bins and then pack and load them with plenty of kitchenware. I'[...] then winterize this house and follow the sun to warmer climes and pursue new adventures with my children, grandchildren and some of the many new and friendly neighbors I've been meeting at my second home. This plan is coming together nicely. Sincere Best Wishes to All! :) 
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1507 on: October 19, 2020, 10:02:51 am »
[...], I see in your post you got down to .25 mg and then updosed to 1 mg?  May I ask why after getting so low and why such a big increase?
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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1508 on: October 19, 2020, 01:09:24 pm »
[...], I see in your post you got down to .25 mg and then updosed to 1 mg?  May I ask why after getting so low and why such a big increase?

Consultations with my physician and other experienced & knowledgeable physicians, surgeons and anesthesiologists, my previous experiences with benzodiazepines and my independent research of science based studies guide my actions in regard to my benzodiazepine treatment plan. Sincere Best Wishes! :)   

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[Buddie]

Re: The Xanax Club, Let Us Know How You Are Feeling Today
« Reply #1509 on: November 04, 2020, 01:01:18 pm »
I accidentally cold turkey xanax January 2020 within two weeks of maybe 30 or so pills. Not sure how many. I didn't know it can cause brain injury but it did. It was the most horrific experience of my life. Fast forward now 9 months out I've seen and felt my brain heal. I am still dealing with tingling vibration different parts of my brain. Just can't wait til I don't have to think about symptoms anymore. Most people heal from this injury 18 to 24 months out from what I read. I know everyone heal at different rates. I am hoping to be healed within another year.
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