Cold turkey from xanax... feel awful

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Its now day 4 since i stopped taking xanax. I’ve done this cold turkey (which i know is not ideal). 

I took prescribed xanax for 2 months (once per day @ 0.5mg) topped up by non presecribed xanax to sleep (1.5 - 2 per day) for 2 months. 

I feel sick, vision is blurred, so tired and look terrible. Heart is beating really fast.

Im on day 4 of detox. How long will i feel like this?

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    Hi John,

    Even though you were only on it for a couple of months, you should still taper off.

    I suggest that you take a small amount, maybe .5mg for a week or two, and then reduce it to every other day for a week, and so on.

    By going cold turkey you are suffering unnecessarily and potentially doing yourself harm.

    Best wishes.

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    A case of correcting two mistakes, self pescribing and cold turkey. I would imagine it will take a while for you to get over this staying cold turkey, if you can. You should see a doctor. I take diazepam with an anti depressant. Started on 10mg 4 months ago, now down to 3.75mg, done decreases as and when i felt i could, myself. Felt no side effects so far, just felt slightly better each time. I took it on a regular dose basis, to prevent anxiety and sleep, rather than as and when needed it. Did it this way, as it prevented anxiety building up, and it was roughly what i would take on an as and when needed basis. If it was me, id go back on at least half of your old dose, possibly full amount, get yourself okay, then very slowly decrease, as and when you feel you can. I dont know your medical condition or age, it could be dangerous going cold turkey. See your doctor is best.
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    I spoke with an emergency dr over the phone and she said that I should take around 250mg or less per day going forward. Ideally I should taper with Diazepam but she said that as i've already gone a number of days without that I could withdraw faster.She also directed me to the Ashton Manual. 

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    Hi John

    I wanted to send you a message of encouragement and to try to uplift you. It's rough and so scary weaning down from benzo''s. You'll be ok, it might not feel like that right now but, round the corner you'll find a little rainbow waiting for you. Fingers and everything else that can cross is crossed for you. Stay strong and brave. Lollipop

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      I've been on 15mg for 10 years with with NO, repeat NO signs of intolerance. Had to change surgery because of location and a hell bent Dr. Doolittle

      who has persisted in weaning down. They reduced the dose by a whopping 70%. The reason why it was prescribed in the first place has now come back with avengance, and has bitten me real hard in the you know what ! Whats the point in that, it's counter productive ! Nothing alternative was suggested, just..wham..bam..take that on your chops patient !! I fully understand that they are addictive, and the ramifications that brings with it, however.. I remain a zillion % tolerant. I have addressed this with them and explained what the reduction is doing to me and they just look at me as if I should be with Wallace & Gromit eating Wensley dale cheese on the moon !! I've gone way past me whits end with this malarkey and still I sit with a bitten you know what.. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Grrrrrr sad

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      Completely agree with what you are saying. 15mg is such a small dose as well. Been on it 4 months, down to 5mg now, and never felt urge to take more than i need. Try asking to see a pysc, to get their approval. Gps will defer to a pysc. A pysc may appreciate your situation better.
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      Thank you for your thoughts and advice. I struggle to understand the zopiclone hate campaign. My understanding of addiction is that you need more of what you took in the first place. Tolerance is all together different in every shape, way and form and milligram. I'm off to find Wallace and Gromit smile

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      I guess everyone will have a different take on addiction, dependence and tolerance. My take is that physical dependence in and of itself does not constitute addiction, but it often accompanies addiction. The distinction can be difficult to discern. You have to be in it to know it. 10 years is how long I've been tolerant on Zopiclone. That's a long time to have never needed any more mg than what was originally prescribed.

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