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Re: getting off benzos

Posted by shelley on March 2, 1999, at 19:21:26

In reply to getting off benzos, posted by Elizabeth on March 2, 1999, at 18:54:15

> > I think Anon. had some good points, especially about
> > your sleep problem - if you're hooked on stuff like
> > xanax/ativan, you might have to spend a couple of
> > days in a hospital/clinic setting to clear your system.
> > Most persons cannot do this on their own, even if they
> > have been taking these meds legitimately.
> While I agree that you shouldn't try to quit taking these drugs on your own, I don't think you have to be hospitalized to do it. It should be done very slowly, though, to minimize rebound anxiety/insomnia. Because there is a small risk of seizures (as when stopping any anticonvulsant drug), you should only do this under a doctor's supervision, but it doesn't have to be as an inpatient.

I am tapering off of benzos with the help of my doctor out-patient. Although it's not always comfortable (I had a panic attack today), it's working, a quarter of a tablet at a time. We've talked about going in-patient if necessary, but as long as am "okay" and not "too uncomfortable," she prefers this route for now. -Shelley




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