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Re: Protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal?

Posted by Hiba on August 12, 2002, at 0:35:06

In reply to Re: Protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal? Mr.Scott, posted by Alan on August 11, 2002, at 11:52:18

Dear Alan,

Hats off you. What an outstanding message it was. I know one of my friend who followed Ashton protocol to withdraw from xanax and suffered almost 14 months.Substituing valium for xanax is not working for many people. There are many benzophobics in our society now, simply because of some misinformed patients and physicians. BENZODIAZEPINES ARE SAFER THAN ANTIDEPRESSANTS. I can prove it from my experience. I took klonopin for over a year and withdraw from it without any major complications. Whereas I am still on fluoxetine, because I can't come off it. Whenever I try to come off,severe dysphoria and apathy results. It destroyed and still destroys my sexuality, but I have to take it because I need it. Now will any physicians tell me SSRIs are safer than benzodiazeines? Klonopin didn't affect my sexuality and I was much better on it. A betterment which 40 mg of fluoxetine fails to bring. So far I am afraid the adverse sexual effects of fluoxetine seems to be irreversible because once I came off it for three months and still the lack of desire persisted. Sexually I was very active prior to taking this stuff. But now desire phase is totally destroyed and I don't see any way out of this .I tried Gingko Biloba, periactin, buspirone but nothing helped me to bring back my old sexual self. Feeling better without sexual desire is quite inadequate.
Any comments? I am waiting.





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