Has one here come off thier meds and were able to stay off them?

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   Posted 3/18/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi yall got a question. Have any of you been on meds and were able to come off them after years of taking them and stay off them? Or did you go back to them.
I have tried to come off my meds and everyday that goes by I think I should go back on them but I just dont want to.
I have bad days and wonder if I should go back on them, Then I think maybe it better to stay off them.
I just dont know what to do!
Any ideas, I'd love to hear your stories!
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   Posted 3/18/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Just opinion, but why be off them if they are helping you? I think its better to be on them if you have a higher quality of life because of them. Trying to be nobel and not take meds just made me sicker. I am currently take Lexapro and Klonopin with fairly good results.

Good Luck!

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   Posted 3/18/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I went off of them about 7 yrs ago when I was trying to get pregnant. I have good days and bad, but for the most part I have my major anxiety under control. I need to work on the daily minor anxiety though. I would not rule out getting back on meds someday, but I am trying not too because I did not like the side effects and well, I just don't want to be on them!

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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Paniccu, I agree with you, I dont like the side effects and I just dont want to relei on a pill to be happy or ok.
I too am not saying I would never take any meds ever again but I would like to stay off of them.

I have been on them for about 5 years now. When I first went on them I was a wreck! I needed them and I knew I needed them and was happy to take them. I feel however over the past 5 years I have learned alot and also learned how to deal with some of the anxiety.
I just really wonder tho if I could live without the meds.

Does anyone know how long it take for the meds to fully get out of your system and any withdrawl symptoms to fully go away?
Just want to stay off them long enought to make sure I am feeling my normal self not side effects from coming off the meds.
I do feel if the anxitey was to kick back up pretty bad I would go back on them.
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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
It was so long ago, I don't remember how long it took. I do remember and highly recommend, that you taper off slowly. That helped me a lot. It was very gradual and I didn't get any nasty withdrawal side effects. My sister once tried to stop Paxil suddenly and she had really bad physical withdrawal symptoms. Also, it is really important to have other coping mechanisms in place before you get off the meds. You probably already do the deep breathing, etc. You might want to also take a yoga class or stress management or something like that. Just a thought.

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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear crying,

May I first say if you are planning on going off your meds you should do it under the supervision of your physician.

How long does it take, that depends on the med, the dose of the med, the 1/2 life of the medication in your blood stream and how many meds we are talking about?

I would love to be off meds if I was sure I would not have a major meltdown but It took nearly a year to get the right combo this time and I don't think I could go through another year of the pain of the Anxiety and depression.

I give you credit and support for wanting to try to go meds free.  Please do not beat yourself up if it does not work.  Meds can be a very good thing too.  :)

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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