Posted by maxx44 on December 3, 2003, at 19:47:16
In reply to Re: tapering off, posted by lovemybabies on December 3, 2003, at 18:32:48
if you 'got high' from xanax, you understand why it's a popular street drug. i'm lucky, didn't do that to me, but daily-as-prescribed use hooked me. i'd like to laugh about getting addicted and no 'high'---but there is nothing funny about benzos. check out dr. heather ashton and benzos.org.uk---your hair will not be thinning, it will turn grey and fall out. the 'high' is a clear sign Your brain, etc. is prone to possible rapid addiction. it's like cocaine---in the 70's drs. still said it was like pot, pretty safe recreational drug. i tried it, flushed it--no problem---but i also saw people, women more than men, addicted overnight--i mean they tried it once and woke-up 'sick', took one sniff--not sick. that's why pimps love it, call it 'the white lady'---IMHO benzoz are worse. a year's taper, after long-term use, such as i---usually followed by a year+ of 'protracted withdrawal syndrome'---which for middle-age addicts often persists unto death. some have it easier, but not many. that's why your dr. kept it short. i don't think any AD will do that, but effexor is getting to be a known problem for the wrong people. i'm not a dr., but i would ask yours about trying something else. the old tcas and maois work, but i wouldn't have them around children--overdose may be lethal. the ssris seem safer. there is a new AD, deprenyl--very $$$ here. also a newer, safer form of celexa---many choices--you seem to have a good dr. you'll work it out. but i'd stay away from benzos or any 'super-benzo' as risperdal or zyprexa, risperdal has been FDA approved for treatment-resistent depression/aniety---a 'neuroleptic' for depression? outrageous---please be careful.