Understanding Major Depression And Suicide
I apologize! I have secondary fibromyalgia and am so used to talking with people who are taking benzos, especially Klonopin, a favorite drug of fibromyalgia patients everywhere, that I assumed others knew what they were and which drugs they were. I should have listed them. You know what they say about the word "assume"....... ;-)
Generic Xanax is what I was on, known as alprazolam. I am finally off that for a whole month now, after 34 yrs. of taking it around the clock, but am still on a small dose (5 mgs.) of valium aka diazepam, which has a much longer half life, so is used to even out the huge drop offs that occur if one tries to withdraw directly from xanax, not recommended! I have worked down from 10 mgs. valium over the past month and will be switching to 2 mg. tabs this weekend, so I can cut off smaller pieces as I keep going.
Some other benzos are Halcion, Restoril, and Dalmane, which are stronger ones used for sleep, not just anxiety. Also Versed, used in medical procedures is a benzo, so people who get off benzos must make sure they get propofol during procedures like EGDs, not versed! Once I get done with withdrawal, I intend to get a new Medical Alert necklace, which says NO BENZOS in huge letters on the front.
The last figure I saw was 11% of Americans. A pharmacist we know personally told me valium is by far the number one prescription drug they sell at the pharmacy where she works. Doctors are now limiting new prescriptions to no more than 6 weeks, but I know someone who became addicted enough to go through withdrawal after only 4 days of taking Xanax! It depends on your genes. If you have first degree relatives who were alcoholics, for example, avoid benzos like your life depends on it, since benzos are alcohol in a pill, in terms of the effect they have on GABA.....it is virtually the same addiction.
This is now entering TMI territory. Anyone who wants more info can PM me. Thanks for letting me sound off on here. I am on a mission to try to prevent everyone I can from ending up hooked on this junk. Even though they tell me I am dependent, not addicted, there is zero difference when it comes to the hell of withdrawing from it.