I’ve not heard of the controversy of Houttuynia causing a herx - has it been mentioned on the forum and I’ve missed (or forgot?) it?
When I say wean off (benzo) slowly - I mean slower than you think...
Hopefully you won’t have a tough time with it.
When my dad was in the hospital recovering from hip surgery - he was given Ativan along with zopiclone for sleeping - but we weren’t aware.
He was in the hospital a few weeks.
When he got home he suddenly had extreme anxiety. We didn’t know why. His GP then gave him a script
for Ativan that he could take as needed up to 3x (or 4?) per day plus take zopiclone for sleep.
I didn’t know anything about
those meds at the time - but started researching. I realized that taking them everyday several times a day would possibly lead to dependence. And he came out of the hospital already dependent on them.
I then told his girlfriend (who was staying with him after the surgery) to be careful with the meds - and perhaps he shouldn’t be having them that often - and should in fact be weaning off them sooner than later. She disagreed and said I’d the dr prescribed them - they were safe.
Long story short - he began having interdose withdrawals and was focused on his next dose all day long - and always asking for it. His anxiety was through the roof.
The zopiclone was giving him horrible nightmares but he now needed that to sleep. He was asking for it at 7;00 pm
He ended up in the hospital several times on the next few weeks - last time he ended up in the psych ward - and that was the beginning to the end of his life.
They put him on antipsychotic meds and he was a zombie... it was heartbreaking.
A nurse told me that in the hospital they often give patients sleep meds - some of the doctors don’t want to be woken in the night with nurses calling for approval to give a patient sleep medication so the drs give them permission to just go ahead and give them sleep meds when they want.
I was also told they have the benzos to hand out as well.
My dad came home from the hospital already addicted to them... and it was downhill all the way after that.
I know his case was an extreme one - most people prob aren’t that sensitive but whenever I hear about
benzos - I cringe.
I’m sure you will be fine - but please wean off them slowly - as in 1/2 or 1/4 pull less a day (if you’re on 2 pills daily) and hold for a week or two before reducing again.
Well I ended up rambling on about
it after all!!
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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