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Posted by Squiggles on February 20, 2002, at 8:12:34

In reply to Re: withdrawl symptoms geno, posted by Sulpicia on February 19, 2002, at 23:21:51

I wish to clarify my position here on
why I refrain from benzo discussions;

I spent a couple of years at Ray Nimmo's
Benzoland, writing, researching, and myself
withdrawing from Clonazepam, and learned some things about
benzo withdrawal. I successfully got
off Xanax (really before joining that group,
with the assistance of McGill Health Centre
doctors); I was much less successful with
Klonopin (after a 2 year struggle culminating
in what must have been a seizure) - whatever
it left me pretty dysfunctional, unable to
walk, narcoleptic, sweaty, and migrained
for a month. I had to reinstate to the intitial
dose. Why it was so difficult with clonazepam
I don't really know. The dose was at its max
1.0mg (perhaps what some researchers say about
bipolars being epileptoid and needing an
anti-convulsant like clonazepam is true).

The experience was so horrible, and I have
said to those who have suggested i try it again,
that I will take ANY dose of benzos, including
a lethal one to avoid that stroke/seizure incident.

As things stand now, I would say that I regret
not having done this under supervised clinical
watch, or have gone to a detox centre. It was
my decision to get off clonazepam; my doctor
never suggested it.

In the case of clonazepam at least, I do not
personally recommend EVER getting off this drug
without your doctor watching over you, not to mention
recommending that you get off.

I hope you will excuse me if I do not jump
in to assist on benzo questions that appear here -
it is very tempting to do this having been
immersed in benzo discussions and research for
nearly two years at Ray Nimmo's site, but I think that
in view of my experience getting off and then
reinstating, you might understand why.

Thank you

(and please listen to your doctor; at least
if something goes wrong then someone will
catch you when you fall;)





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