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  1. Good morning all , I am happy to say that I am tapering down from taking Xanax .25 mg 3 times a day I was on the medication now for about 18 to 19 months January 1 was the start of my taper from .25 Xanax at my midday dose 2:30 pm , I know it sounds very slow but I took the .25 mg and cut it into four pieces and slowly took one piece away every 7-10 days .. about 2 weeks ago I totally eliminated that afternoon dose thinking in my mind this is a low-dose that I’ve been on emotionally I felt fine so I much rather would be sick then have the emotional bout of pain , however my stomach is a mess it intermittently comes and goes and of course I’m off to the bathroom , the headaches have stopped which is a plus , I have not started my next taper , because I’m hoping for the symptoms to go away give myself some more time so I don’t have to feel so sick I do feel a bit fatigued and sad to say of course there was some family drama this week which probably didn’t add any good to how I was feeling, I guess what I’m asking is for any suggestions or if anyone has any idea how long this possibly cut last.. It really does amaze me that something Like .25 mg of Xanax could cause so much pain and anxiety and overall feeling of sick I’m glad I’m in a better place emotionally or I wouldn’t be able to handle it and I do feeling pretty strong however this really is a kick in the stomach literally I do not want to go back and take more I can’t say I haven’t thought about it ???.. it definitely will be the easy way out but only would postpone the ability to move forward, I truly do appreciate Benzos , because I have suffered with anxiety since childhood however Therapy has helped me .. please if anyone has any suggestions or would like to share their experience with me it would encourage me to be able to keep moving forward .. Kind Regards, sls
  2. 225mg for 16 months I feel like I am duh tired insomnia shaky just overall yucky it goes up and down I feel some what drink today is one week of no Trileptal please tell me it will pass I also have intermittent headaches and no appetite
  3. Withdrawal to say the least I have been for one month now with Trileptal I'm so exhausted unmotivated I'm sure everyone has to be tired of hearing about it I am . And truly I mean it , I usually get to this point and finally I get over that mountain, it's really funny in my life I've always been the one to motivate others and help them and now while I'm dealing with this all of this all of those that I have helped in the past are not there for me , it makes me cry , and no they don't know I'm going through this withdrawal other than my family but you really get to see truly who the takers are whether they realize it or not. I'm not a hateful person and I realize I can't expect much from people as I've said before without prayer and Bible reading meditation on creation sitting in the sun trying to get a little boost of energy I would just sit here and ball as I have tears in my eyes . I'm thankful that I'm not extremely anxious I don't feel suicidal and I'm not having those thoughts, I said to myself the fatigue is OK ! I would rather have Fatigue than the other dark thoughts but as I sit in my house it's about to drive me crazy thankfully I do have an appointment today to get me out of here and I made a dinner reservation for tomorrow night for me and my husband . It is just so hard depression does hurt now I feel like a commercial , oh God I hope the cycle breaks I know it will it's just a matter of when ??
  4. I cannot agree more my husband said to me " You have to be your own advocate when it comes to your health , I switched 3 Physcartist in a 5 month period, it was hard but helpful, and my therapist is exceptional she has been more beneficial to me than my physcartrist. You know how you feel that real gut instinct like this makes me feel : sick , hungry , headache, more depressed or numb . Your brain is working to help you , help yourself for care of course this is not a license to feel this one day and make a change of treatment but I always make a mental note , I am horrible at journaling. I can tell my husband anything, you need that person too .. you sound like you are on your way your questions are excellent ?
  5. I agree with the speaking to my pharmacist they are very helpful, I am happy to hear that you have the ability to switch meds more easily. My body is so sensitive I can drink half of a bud light and feel it . Insomina is the worst though, I live in Florida I hate to say this but time and time again it is extremely difficult to find a physician that cares or has the ability to give treatment for all age groups.
  6. Good question! I was on vacation 3 weeks ago and I got some kind of virus, they gave me a prescription for it , I thought I was over it but my sore throat and stomach issues began again yesterday ?.. When it comes to the sleeping issue , I will ride it out , thank you for explaining the rebound withdrawal.. I did go thru sweating, shaking, vomiting stage already. You my doctor said " There are no withdrawal issues with Trileptal " I am thinking they fail to realize that each person is different, I am not a spiteful person today , I do think though that these doctors need to do a trial on themselves regardless of whether they have a certain disease so they could understand how it feels to go on and come off the meds , there empathy would be more than they have or give empathy to them .
  7. I enjoyed crazymeds , it is hard to always navigate to the right topics, pages for info but I feel more educated from reading about Trileptal, I am sick from withdrawal from it
  8. Oh love it , of course I am being cynical, the Clonzepham withdrawal was the worst for me I thought I was going to end up back in the hospital, I cried daily and shook for about a month my husband just held me and rubbed my head . Keep in mind this was after I had tapered down for 2 months from this drug. I am still having withdrawal from Trileptal as of today it has been 2 full days of no Trileptal I have insomnia I only slept 5 hours last night , and I have terrible diarrhea, and a stomach ache with a sore throat . I have heard this drug can cause flu like symptoms, I am on my way though and it is worth it to me to move forward no one can do this but me , what is rebound withdrawal you mentioned I have never heard of this ? Also thank you for sharing your experience with me it means a lot to talk to others who have actually been through this ..
  9. Hi , I was only on lamtical 75 mg to 150 mg it made me so angry and irrational , irritable that I was doing dishes and almost threw them st my family lol ? I was taking it for about 3 weeks this stuff made me also high as a kite because I was also on Clonzepham 3 times a day with this I stopped cold turkey that is what my physc doc said to do so my withdrawal was not as bad but I had horrible nightmares of being abused by a family member who had abused me , you sound like you are sensitive to withdrawal too, I hope you can look when you feel bad as you go through this that there will be an end insight. Since this withdrawal I have more energy I am laughing again and I can see without blurring and hear better . thank you for responding to my post it really encourages me to move forward..
  10. Tired so I guess venting, also putting some info out there that a real person is experiencing..
  11. Hi all I am three weeks into withdrawing from Trileptal I was on 225 mg 75 mg in the a.m. and 150 in the p.m.( I have been taking Trileptal for 13 months) I'm at week three and I'm down to about 50 mg in the a.m. and 50 mg in the p.m. this drug does Car withdrawal no matter what the Drs say it is exhausting I feel anxious and irritable ,sweaty , insomnia here , has anyone else had withdrawal symptoms? Also drugs have withdrawals I am convinced for myself I'm so exhausted from it all and I feel for all of us that have to go through this, it has been my decision to go off of it because I feel like it's making me depressed I'm not a bipolar patient , yet I was giving it I have anxiety and OCD. Not to mention the fatigue I feel from it, usually I can only go till like 1 or 2 pm and I'm totally exhausted I'm really trying hard to make changes in my life my diet and also find some other homeopathic remedies to see if they will work time will only tell I just keep telling myself this will pass I pray a lot about it I try to think of the positives of coming off of it I can hear better I can definitely see better speak better than most of all think better it's amazing how the staff may impair certain individuals this is been my case but I'm so sensitive to meds as it is . I have with you this year from Cymbalta Wellbutrin XL Clonzepham three times a day gabapentin and Lamatical if you're wondering why when I was very sick they kept trying different things I didn't have the ability to say no I just wanted to feel better it's been a very rough road .. thank you , Sls
  12. As I sit here and get my thoughts together like search the internet for help when it comes to withdrawal from medications. I've been put on Trileptal 225mg for 1 year and a half this withdrawal from Trileptal has been so difficult but short-lived ,at the same time I can't remember things I leave doors open I try to say something and something else comes out I actually feel sometimes like i am drunk , I started my withdrawal from going from taking 225 mg for the last year and three months down to 75 mg in the morning and 75 in the evening I'm now down to 50 mg in the morning and 50 in the evening my next step next week will be down 25 morning 25 evening . At My doctors advice we have been doing this within a 14 to 15 day period for each cut down . I cannot say enough about the fact about how as a patient you have to be your own advocate when it comes to your health and what you will take to help you . I admitted myself in the hospital a year and a half ago due to severe anxiety that caused me to want to hurt myself and then it turned to my family I felt like a total freak panicked I knew this was not something I wanted or felt , but soon realized at the hospital that my doctor had switched my meds three times within a week in a half . I'm very sensitive to medication and that's what drove me over the edge . I have been dealing with stress for a very long time I begged for help from my husband but he just didn't listen he didn't think it was as bad as I was telling him as I cried and cried for months he's apologized up-and-down I know he's truly sorry it's not his fault that I have these issues and he truly has been a rock for me . I just feel so sad that I had to get that bad to finally realize that I could've just said no I can't do this or no I don't want to be around the situation . I guess I just can't stress enough how important it is to really think about your situation or anyone else it's reading this I always say now in doubt just stop . NO! I also feel guilty because I used to think that people who ended up in a situation like this were truly crazy , I accept the fact now that I was so wrong it bothers me that I was that way and I am sorry for it. This society promotes these feelings but it still is not excusable . I now daily deal with the fact of having to let go that I admitted myself to Physc hospital it saved my life but most of all protected my family as a victim of abuse as a child my emotions have been affected but they're not going to conquer me it's been about a year and a half now , i've had a lot of therapy rest and support from my family and friends and I'm ready to start to go back to the things I love more fully but a changed person! if I can say anything to anyone pay attention to how you feel emotionally take time to think about what your options are , PLEASE take THE TIME to research any medications you may take if that's what you choose to do and if you're not able to ask your family members to check before you start to take something. I've been through Approximately six withdrawals with Clonzepham being the worst. I think most of the time family & we ourselves are looking to hurry and get a fix for these terrible feelings and thoughts that is what I found in my case and that really wasn't the solution it did cause more problems. To this day I still don't have an accurate diagnosis yet they put me on mutiple meds starting with Wellbutrin XL to Cymbalta to Gabapetin to lamatical 3 times a day of clonzepham ( if you look at your research you should only be on this for one month and then put on something else because it's so addictive) to now Trileptal 150 mg at first it made me feel good I would say for two months then I started to feel depressed again I also had a rash around my eyes it wouldn't go away and severe itching weight gain not to mention I just feel high all the time and my memory has been shot from it. And through the withdrawal it goes up and down with different effect but I know it's short-lived because of all the other with Charles I've done is the only thing that keeps me going to continue and not give in . I now I'm on Wellbutrin SR 150 once a day am , Xanax 2.5 3 times a day and I'm finally feeling like I'm getting some control in my life . I remember one of my appointments with my psychiatrist she asked "Why are you on Clonzepham?" I about fell over lol ? Really I know it's not funny but it is what happened in my life . I have had 4 different Drs they're doing the best they can but you have to realize there are people and there not perfect and you know what else they're stressed out too and they're probably on meds also ? Some days I cry about it I'm trying most days to laugh it off for me I realize now this disease depression and anxiety is worse than CANCER . I worry about people that cannot get adequate care because I was able to have the best care possible and it was still so difficult I am a spiritual person that pulled me out of the darkness more than I ever realized and with that being said reading the Bible has helped me to see many in the Bible we're also dealing with the same problems we are today and they made it but they trusted in God fully .. Sls
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