I tried to stop cold turkey on my own... HUGE DISASTER! I wound up having 2 grammal (sp?) seizures in 3 hours after 5 days of stopping. Since this is a Neurological drug, I can't get a straight answer of why the withdrawl lasts so long & is so severe.
Besides the grand mal seizures, what other withdrawal symptoms did you experience? Many believe (including Traditional Chinese Medicine) that Western Medicine is whack... why should any patient ever have to suffer like that? But, to answer your question, the Benzodiazepines have a direct effect on the physiological action of chemicals in your brain, if you are experiencing a deficit in what your body knew as normal, it will go to extremes to show you, make you feel, every uncomfortable feeling there is it seems like. A Grand Mal seizure is more or less the most extreme symptom one can suffer before the body can't handle any more stress and signs off. I'm glad you are hear to ask questions, though I'm sure you feel otherwise. Are the doctors planning on keeping you off benzos FOREVER? If so, ask the doctor about trying Ativan before giving up.
And, have you ever tried acupuncture?
Blaze... I am 54 years old,and relapsed. I have been through many detoxes for many drugs. This time mom passed and I took a couple xanax,after ten years clean..I am older now... Idont know your age but as with any illness age is a facter... Young kids heal faster,then adults. Xanax is the most difficult drug to kick. Your dosage of course matters and lenth of time... There are many... Withdrawal symptoms ... physical and mental... My best advice is fight it! Drink lots of water and have a good possitive attitude... push push yourself,, even with your symptoms which I know to well. And last a good support team. You will feel strong again,,takes time..Good luck! Mike
The first 4-5 days seemed the worst, physically. Then the insomnia, RLS, anxiety if you're not tapering. I was taking 5-6mgs of xanax daily and tried detoxing at my house the first 1-2 days. Got worried and went to a detox facility that made it so much better. However the first day-day/half were still bad but they give you comfort meds like clonidine and Valium(then reduced to klonipin. The length of withdrawal depends on the amount you were taking, duration, age, weight, lifestyle (run,run,run and drink water). Keep yourself occupied. I'm still tapering with xanax. Really would like klonipin since it last 12 or so hours and is more gradual. I was taking xanax for 5-6 years. I run and exercise every morning to help sleep. (on day 8). But it's getting better. Try to get help with klonopin for taper, trazadone for sleep (kind of gave me headaches) and ambien.
Ambien works like a charm and is keeping me asleep longer each night. Started at 2 hour/night, now at 5-6hrs/night. 10mg ambien at night with .5mg xanax. But honestly I feel like I made a 80-90% drop in xanax use within 4 days detox facility. That's absurdly faster than the 10% per week-2week that is recommended. Harder at home and it's not worth trying it due to seizure possibilities. It's embarrassing to check yourself in but well worth it. Not only do you progress physically but you'll learn a lot from others episodes/stories. Lastly I've heard they have a 3 day detox where they keep you sedated the entire time under a certified physician. Sure it's $ though.
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