Posted by sukarno on October 12, 2005, at 7:46:49
In reply to Re: Stablon is working well (12.5mg QID) » sukarno, posted by ed_uk on October 2, 2005, at 15:29:14
Hi Ed! :-)
Yeah, Indonesia for me is quite stressful.. the constant threat of terrorism and having trouble becoming fluent in the language. I feel a sense of culture shock, which is masked by the drug cocktail I'm taking. Stablon has helped most with this.
I began a Valium taper yesterday. I have 300 2mg tablets and some 5mg tablets, so I decided to taper from 20mg to 19mg and taper by 1mg every month. That should be slow enough to avoid any significant withdrawal symptoms eh? I hope so. :-)
Benzodiazepines tend to exacerbate anger when I'm in a situation where someone is making me angry. Sometimes I feel a sense of rage. I've maintained my calm despite that, but it is disturbing. I never had this problem prior to benzos. Perhaps it is due to disinhibition or a paradoxical reaction? For the most part, Valium makes me feel calm and sleepy. Xanax was a much worse offender when it came to irritability.
I slept better when I was off benzos in that it felt like a more "natural" sleep. I would wake up feeling more refreshed instead of groggy. I've been on benzos since 1989/90.
Stablon has helped my anxiety a lot but the results didn't occur for a few months. Stablon seems to work better in the long term for anxiety.
:-) My goal is to discontinue or stay on the lowest dose possible of Valium and hope Stablon will control the panic attacks by itself.
I can't find rabeprazole here in Indonesia. Perhaps I could empty out half the omeprazole capsule to make it an approximate 10mg and take that?
I did manage to lower my famotidine dosage to 60mg/day (20mg in the morning and 40mg at night) and just yesterday I only took 20mg at night. My leg pain/inflammation has disappeared. (It had been hurting and swelling a bit for months but right after I drastically lowered the dose of famotidine it vanished!) :-)
I read later that famotidine can cause inflammation of the blood vessels. That's definitely not a good thing I suppose.
Is it legal to import Stablon into the UK? I know that in the US it is illegal to import any drug which is not FDA approved, irrespective of whether or not it is a scheduled drug.
Have a good day..
Best wishes! :-)