Diazepam taper help needed

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Am on diazepam 7mgs for 10 years.Have reached tolerance and they are making anxiety worse over the last 3 years.l take them for sleep however they now make me so agitated and anxious and during the day l feel as though I am going through withdrawal.Any advice would be great.l have read so many horror stories l am nearly beaten before I begin.

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    I had same problem but with 8mg a day. I seen my doctor and got prescription taken up to 10mg and that has worked a treat for me.
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    Hi Marleen, my suggestion is to visit your GP and explain that you want to come off the meds and agree a long taper regime, may be something else for sleep on a very short term basis. 
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    Hi Marleen,

    Talk to your doctor about a slow taper. Look online for the Ashton manual, that was very helpful for me.

    I had developed a physical addiction to the ativan and was in tolerance withdrawls.

    It was difficult getting off but Ive been off over two years. With the support of God, friends, family and great forums like this I made it.

    I think your making a wise decision to get off the drug and not just keep increasing when you hit tolerance. Good luck and let us know how you do!

    Lynne

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      Thank you Lynne I can't believe I got myself into this situation.Anyway under no circumstances will l be increasing.l will be going very slowly as l want to adjust between tapers.As long as l am going down l will be happy.

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      Hi Shane l am on 6.5mgs started on 7.5mgs am tapering very slowly.Anxiety sky high and very agitated.l have stopped googling as all the horror stories are making me worse.Just going to listen to my body and gradually reduce.Thank you for asking.
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      Good Luck! I started a 5mg now down to 1mg for the last couple of weeks. Next week I will cut to .50mg for a week or so then off. It has not been easy but is doable if you are determined. You are smart to take it slow. There is no reason to rush. You can do This!
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      Thank you Shane.l hope you get off ok.l think slow is definitely the best way to go although it is frustrating.l find l obsess about it a bit too much.l just want to give myself time to do it properly.l don't want to rush and have to updose.Only time will tell.

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      Hi Marleen, how are things Going? I am down to .50 mg not sure how long to stay before jumping off completely. Feeling mostly okay just some minor gut issues and a bit of morning anxiety. Don't want to jump off into withdrawal symptons though...

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      Hi Shane am on 6 mgs at the minute.Having a lot of muscle tension and increased anxiety.Nothing l can't handle.l tend to drop half a mg and sit on it for about 3 weeks.Why don't you sit on that dose for a while then miss a dose for one day.The following week 2 days . Continue like that until you are off completely.Let me know how it goes

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      Hi Marleen, checking in to see how you are doing. Hope you are still going slow with small cuts. I am sitting at .50mg. Was going fine but hit a wall of side effects since Monday. The usual head pressure, ear ringing, gut issues etc. I think I will hold for another 5 days then jump off. Getting side effects anyway so might as well brace myself jump and get it over with. Bloody hell this drug is Wretched. Hate it. 

      We will get there right? Shane

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      Good for you! 6mg you are on your way down girl! I do think I will sit and let things settle for a bit. I have some work and family events in the next week. Hopefully the sx simmer down.

      Good luck on your next reduction, will be fine I am sure☺ Shane

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      Hi Marleen, not to bad actually. I cut to .25 mg 2 days ago. A little anxious in the morning and feeling a bit off, detached sort of. Will see what tomorrow brings as usually day 3 after a cut is the worst for me. To reassure you, the withdrawal side effects once you get to a low dose are not fun but most definitely Manageable. I am the biggest whiniest baby ever so believe me if I can push thru you can too. Just continue to go slow but keep moving and I promise you will be fine.

      Hope you are doing okay! SHANE

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      Good Shane you are definitely going to be free soon.l am a bit anxious and dizzy this week but it will pass.Just feeling a bit frustrated.l am not known for my patience lol.Can't wait to be off this poison.Keep in touch and well done.

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      I am new to this forum.  I just saw your message which has been posted 6 months ago and would like to find out how you are doing since being off the benzo for over 2 years.  I have been on .375 mg. Clonazepam for 6 months and then it was increased to 1 mg. for another 6 months along with 7.5 Mirtazepine for sleep and appetite for a few months and then increased to 15 mg. for another 6 months but I wanted off these drugs very badly.  Originally put on them when anesthesia and/or powerful pain killers were given me during surgery [tibial plateau frature to L. knee].  Woke from surgery and couldn't eat or sleep for almost a month.  Placed on benzo.  After a year of the benzo and Mirtazepine, I started tapering off and had a lot of trouble.  After 9 months of horror and tremendous pain, I finally got off.  Too much to get into here, but dr.'s had to reinstate me or I would have died.  I am now at 6.25 mg. Diazepam and this drug causes depression.  Helps me to sleep, but want to taper off.  I hear it can take a very long time.  Need some thoughts.  Any help?  I know I need to go extremely slow, but it's killing me to go even this slow with all the depression and anxiety.  The first taper resulted in 20+ serious complications the last of which involved, not just burning skin, but "ACID" skin deep down into my bones all over my entire body and every "cavity" in the body from head to pelvic area, etc.  Bladder started to fail, etc.  Wanted to end my life, but didn't believe in that and God sustained me through it, along with a lot of praying family and friends.   What can I do to get through the diazepam which is causing such intense depression, which is all new to me?  Heard slow tapers are best, but the depression is killing me.  Dr's are talking about putting me on an antidepressant.  Seems like adding more fuel to the fire.  Am I incorrect in this?

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      Hi Lynn

      I am doing great!  I also got through withdrawls with the prayes and support of friends and family.  The doctors wanted to put me on antidepressants I picked up the prescription but when I went to take it it didnt “feel” right.  Everyone is different on what they need.  I was going through tolerance withdrawls so I chose to taper quickly. 

      I used the Ashton manual , did water titration when I couldnt cut the ativan any smaller. 

      I was diagnosed with an hiatal hernia this year so now Im not sure what was caused by the hernia and what was withdrawls.  Odd they can have similarities, I think both effect the vagus nerve.

       I have found probiotics to be helpful, seems to be alot of connections between the stomach and nervous system.

      I hope your support system is still strong.  Hang in there. I found the benzo forums very helpful. ( and a little scary).  Whenever I would have a bad episode I would read others stories and it would reassure  me I wasnt crazy or alone.

      I pray your days ahead are brighter than the past. Gods strength and wisdom be magnified in your life!

      Lynne 

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      Thanks for your encouragement.  I do not know how to use these forums and had trouble with benzobuddies, so I found this one.  Do I keep checking my last entry to see if anyone has replied, such as you have? 

       

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