I'm off clonazepam

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   Posted 10/25/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm finally off clonazepam, I took my last dose on Thursday before entering hospital. That night they told me I was getting 10mgs of valium and I would be on 25mgs of valium a day then weaning down. I went nuts telling them by the Ashton method I should be on 70mgs of valium and swapped across slowly so I wouldn't fit. Anyway it got sorted out after they rang my pdoc and then explained to me what they were doing.
I'm now down to 18mgs a day and will wean off that 1mg a day. I was doing really well till after I went shopping yesterday and got in the bus to go back to hospital when I had my worse ever panic attack. Everything started swirling around me, I felt like where am I and who are these people, things just started closing in and of course I felt like I was either dieing or going insane. I must have started breathing as I taped the nurse and panted out that I was having a massive attack. I just kept breathing but it left me shaking till 3 hours later.
I saw my pdoc last night and he said the staff were happy with how I handled it (I was just petrified and he explained the re-bound anxiety I'll get from the benzo withdrawals will be worse then normal anxiety and it could last for months after I stop the valium.
Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well, I'm home for today but have to go back to hospital for at least another week.

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   Posted 10/25/2007 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Aussie,

I am so proud of you and I feel your anxiety as I am at 2 mg of Valium now and I am scared to give it up completely as I have been on a Benzo for so long.

Know that we are here thinking of you and keep posting when you get the chance.

Gentle Hugs


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   Posted 10/26/2007 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Aussie,

Glad to hear your off your meds, and really proud of you the way you handled your attack, your doing really well. Hope ypur feeling heaps better real soon. Hang in there were all thinking of you..

((((((((HUGS)))))))) to all .. :-)

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   Posted 10/26/2007 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
great job! hang in there!!!

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   Posted 10/26/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Aussie...glad to hear how great you are doing.

Hang in there, you are doing wonderful!!

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   Posted 10/26/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW--that is great! Glad to hear you are coming along with getting off the meds! You are doing wonderful!


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   Posted 10/26/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Awesome news Aussie!!  I hope you start feeling good very soon and each day will get better.

Keep up the good work!!


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