Add me to the list, 24 years approximately and I am not worrying about getting cured now even thow my Pdoc thinks it would be good. I use them is smaller amounts now but without them I am thrown into anxiety attacks.
Celexa 60mg qam, Pariet 20mg bid, Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg tid, Serax 30 mg qhs, amitriptylline 30mg qhs , Percocet prn
Great sharing and I am one of the people that can take high doses and still walk and talk. I have been on a benzo for 26 years and Valium is the one I use as it is the longest acting. I am like Lyn, right now with several issues going on in my life I either took the larger dose or I was feeling like I was short circuiting inside my whole body.
Remember each person is different and always consult your physician before changing doses. Take care.Kitt
Hi All...I had a similar hospital experience...after spending several hours in the ER, following a diagnosis of a serious rectal abcess, the doctors made the decision that the abcess could be safely excised w/out surgery. Personally, I was hoping for the surgery as I'm not keen on needles & pain. Anyway, the next morning I was wheeled down to the basement area & I was the only patient (note: this was at Brigham & Women's, a major Boston hospital & I felt like I was in a Robin Cook medical thriller...creepy!). I was freaking out but so glad when told that I would be given Ativan. So, they get ready to infuse the drug & state that they're giving me 1mg! Needless to say, it did nothing. They added another mg. & guess what? Finally, I'm given a 3rd mg. & am told that that's the max! They may as well have given me a placebo. Fortunately, I was injected w/ alot of Lidocaine (ugh...hate that stingy stuff!) & the rest was painless, thankfully.
Question: I'm an insomniac (although I could sleep all day) & had been prescribed sleeping pills. Like anti-depressants, I was unable to handle the side-effects. My therapist has suggested that, rather than take my 3rd dose of Klonipin, at bedtime, that we replace this with Seroquel (generic name: Quetiapine). This drug is an anti-psychotic used for Manic-Depression & Schizophrenia & has numerous side-effects. She told me that I would be put on a minute dose & not to worry about these effects. While I don't have either of these illnesses, my mind tends to race w/ thoughts (often negative) when I try to go to sleep. Has anyone had any experience w/ this drug or another type of anti-psychotic?
Good Morning Artpainter,It is so good to see you here. I am glad that you have worked with your doctor and are on a schedule of benzos that cover your problems and give yoy those couple of good weeks. I am on the Valium and it works well for me as it is long acting.
Keep on posting here, it is wonderful to see you on the site.
I use the Trazodone at low dose for sleep too and not as an antipsychotic. I know there are other members that use some of these same meds off label for sleep but they are such low doses that you should not have a problem. Just remember your physician in the go to person if you feel you do run into any concerns.Kitt
Tootie, Hi I am Kitt and so glad to see you here in the A & P Forum. I totally agree with you. If it works and you need the med to live a productive and happy life then use it..........
I think I have been on one kind or another of benzo for 22 years. Feeling like I cannot leave home or crying all day is not the choice Iwould make so the meds won hands down for me. Of course each person is entitled to their rights and believes.