Zoplicone and lorazepam taper is ruining me

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15 years of building up to 15 mg of Zopliclone and 5 mg of lorazapam at night to sleep. DR retired with no help to get off these. Tried cold turkey and blood pressure, saddness , anxiety for the first time in my life almost killed me. I read the Ashton method but cant find a new Dr. that buy it. I go to a public clinic 4 weeks now on 55 mg of valium a night. I have not slept and a complete zombie, cant work or drive, cant eat, i need to gain weight its to long lasting was told its a year taper , i cant be a zombie for a year. Im worried about GABA and PAWS. I was thinking about keep trying to find a family Dr and switch to original meds and taper one fifth at a time as they are shorter lived, you cant cure 15 years in a few months . Thoughts? appreciated .

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    Would it be possible for you to find a physchiatrist? Might be better able to guide you in this predicament your in. The Ashton method is wonderful.

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    my doctor retired also,was on alprazolam 10 years,went to 2 doctors that wanted to taper what i felt was too fast,found a third one,so far,and I'm saying so far,she has been great at allowing a slow taper,with the Corona virus I am going to see if she will hold at my current dose,my anxiety has gone way up since the virus and I can't imagine having any withdrawal if i was one of the unfortunate ones to catch the virus...

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      You are a lucky one. I am calling and seeing every dr accepting new patients, i even have my pharmasist of 20 years willing to talk to any family dr about my scrips and trying to wean. That virus is dangerous, Toronto is starting to get bad. Especially walking in multiple doctors offices. I just want to be listened too and helped.

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      i will find out tommorow if a dr i found will taper me off just adivan and imovaine. He said he would do it for a year, hoping its not another brush off . He wants to talk to my compound pharmacy first to see if they are ok with lowering my dose a tenth at a time and willing to tell him my meds for 15 years , they have no problem . I have been going to this small pharmacy for 15 years and have helped me try to find someone. Was your taper on just the benzo you took? or were others added?

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    Hi Kathy,

    I am post benzo 2 years now. I took about 9 months to wean off trazodone and clonazepam. It's been a very rough road, but most important to remember that it is doable.

    I was lucky enough to have a doctor that allowed me to do as slow a taper as |I wanted. I would actually tell him if I wanted to slow it down. Not that |I knew what was right. I just had to go with my gut feelings.

    I did suffer protracted withdrawal. I could go from a window to a wave walking from one room into another. BUT, as I said, it is doable. Time and patience are most important.

    I wish you the very best in finding a doctor who will help you. Keep investigating that.

    I live just outside of Toronto.

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      Thank you for the support. I know my body and trying to do it at my pace so i am able to return to my clients . My body isnt responding to valium its not for everyone regardless what someone else thinks. Im not giving up, i live outside toronto too and its hard to find one that understands

      as the crackdown from The collage of physicians has happened.

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      Dizziness 24/7, cant go to the gym 14 hours after taking fell of treadmill walking , no appetite, have to force myself to drink water. Cant use washroom

      lack of memory, anxiety , will talk and forget in the middle of the sentence what i was talking about. Dull brain . Dont sleep, restless, nightmares. I used to get up at 7 have one coffee and work all day and gym. I have my coffee and cant drive, worried im going to hurt someone . Adivan has a short half life, 6-10 hours so did Imovain. Valium has a 15-20 hour short life. Its to long lasting and i have besides these pills lead a very healthy lifestyle. I know my body, but for the longer life thats all they will give me. aggg . Took me 30 minutes to text this

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    Just hoping you can get to a doctor that can get you out if this mess. Sounds like Canada is much worse than the U.S. in regards to mental health. You might consider going to the emergency room at your local hospital. Not eating or drinking is an emergency. Keep us posted.

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    My attention sparked here when you mentioned GABA; clearly you have a better idea that most about how these drugs act so are in a better position to deal with the withdrawal.

    I took a super benzo for several years and suffered horrendous withdrawal, but got through it naturally. I have PMd you some more info, which I briefly discuss in my other thread here at https://patient.info/forums/discuss/repairing-gaba-receptors-is-the-route-to-healing-from-these-drugs--712147.

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