Jake2008 Posted August 29, 2008 Share Posted August 29, 2008 My meds almost killed me. After experiencing the trauma of career burnout, my doctor put me on effexor and clonazepam and continued to increase the dosage until was I taking 450mg effexor and 3mg clonazepam/day. Over the period of two years, my doctor turned me into a zombie that slept 16 hours a day. In the last 3 months, my metabolism began to change and I developed pitted edema in both my legs. My weight ballooned from a stable 165 to 220 lbs. I was admitted to emergency after having a "mild" heart attack. I snapped. This is what I did: Quit effexor cold turkey by switching to 5-HTP (700mg-day1, 500mg, day2, 300mg-day3, 150mg, day4, 50mg-day 5)Quit clonazepam cold turkey and switched to GABA. This may sound weird, but I have to snort it to cross the blood-brain barrierFortified my diet by taking L-Glutamine, L-Dopa, Taurine, Vitamins B complex, B12 1g, C 2000mg, D 10,000 I.U., cayenne pepper capsules (3 per day), chamomile and green teaChanged my diet: omelettes with tons of veggies and supergreens (1tbsp.) for breakfast, water during the day (no lunch), a tuna salad or some kind of fish for supper & a veggie shake for supperExercised during the day; long walks, bike rides, swimming, houseworkDetoxed by drinking water and going to the steamroom at the YM/YWCA While I was still on clonazepam, my legs were swollen up like balloons with fluid. After quitting clonazepam and switching to GABA, my legs almost shriveled up as I went from 220 to 204 in about 2 weeks. I quit effexor in week 1 and clonazepam in week 2--no tapering. For me, it was a life or death situation and I decided to go organic even it killed me--it didn't! The only tapering I'm doing now is from the GABA. I'm down to 1 gram/day. I will never put another chemically synthesized toxin in my body ever again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.