Going cold-turkey off of Lexapro, Abilify and Klonopin - what to expect?
- 6 Aug 2011 by jbl88
- abilify, klonopin, lexapro, benzodiazepine withdrawal, medication
Dosage for several years now is: Lexapro 20mg/day, Abilify 10mg/day, and Klonopin 1mg/3xday. Oh, and Trazodone 150@bedtime.
Wednesday I'm going to be in a situation where I'll have zero access to my medications for 1 week. (I've been curious how I'd do without my meds, but this scenario is not how I wanted to find out.) There's no shortage of good and bad stories about going on or off of these drugs, but I'm wanting a more general idea of what to expect. I'm frankly scared of what may happen. Will I just feel mentally lousy from the chemical changes, or are there physical consequences as well? I'm guessing that a bit (or a lot) of both will occur.
Any and all thoughts/experiences are most welcomed!
Added 20 Aug 2011:
Well I survived it, but I have to say that was the most horrible withdrawal experience of my life, and I'm not really ashamed to admit that I'm a former self-medicator (alcoholism & hard street drugs), yet it was worse than stimulant abuse induced psychosis, alcohol and opioid withdrawal all combined! OMG do I ever have a new respect for the power of my psychiatric medications!
6 Aug 2011
You will have physical as well as mental withdrawals. The physical withdrawals may include diarrhea, stomach ache, headache, brain zap sensations, dizziness and insomnia to name a few. The mental may include anxiety, depression, general malaise and mood swings. I don't recommend you stop your meds cold turkey if at all possible. If you want to see how you do without them taper off one at a time would be a much better way to go.
9 Aug 2011
I would definitely suggest that you slowly wean yourself off of the meds instead of going cold turkey. That way the physical and mental withdrawal would be so bad, especially with klonopin, which can cause seizures. Go to your doctor and get some advice and help on how to slowly wean yourself of the drugs that way you won't have such a hard time. Let us know how everything goes.
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