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    how many days until it's reasonably clear that one is not going to have a seizure? 1 day? 2 days? a week? there has to be a point at which the stuff is out of your system. I'll get a lot of flak for this, but why should I assume that supervision from a quack is going to be any better or even as good as my own judgement?

    I do need some help from you guys though. guys and gals, I should say.

    I know, cold turkey is not for everyone. "don't try this at home" etc... but when I DO
    OCCASIONALLY use more than I am supposed to use, the doctor, and the pharmacy
    have no problem whatsoever with saying "oh well, rots o' ruck chummy" and let me suffer for 3 days anyway. if I can survive 3 days, why take it again?

    because it kills the with-drawls, obviously. then, the cycle begins anew.

    any cold turkey survivors out there? to be clear I am NOT recommending that ANYbody try this. I'm NOT giving advice. it can be potentially very dangerous. for "me personally" I feel tough enough to primal scream my way thru it. the doctors gonna give me the boot anyway, or worse, some other garbage to be addicted to that won't work at all, like Xanax XR. it's useless. the stuff should be banned. it doesn't work. so why bother?

    are there any brave and daring (aka crazy as bat*** anyway, so what's the dif?) boys and girls out there who have cold turkey'd this horrible stuff?
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    by the way, I apologize if this was offensive to anyone. I am pretty hacked off about the contradictions in terms with Xanax cessation. "oh no, you can't. you'll have a seizure!" then.....
    "oops! ran out too soon did ya? well , tough luck for you pal, har har!! "

    I've had enough of all of it. doctors, meds, pharmacies. it's a nightmare. any serious help would be very much appreciated. thanks so much!

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    Depending on how much xanax you have been taking you could experience seizures over a month after you stop abruptly. I certainly did. You need to be on a medication like depakote to prevent the likelihood of seizures if you are stopping cold turkey. And you need to get with an addiction specialist that knows what they are doing, not some flake that is practicing on you. Cold turkey from benzos is serious! Don't think you've got this beat in a week or whatever. It's just not that easy or simple. Benzo detox is a major deal! Hope that helps. God bless.
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    Thanks Robert. you talk pretty good sense. I'm pretending to be illiterate. maybe I really am, I don't know. if somehow the word spreads around the forum that I wish to apologize for being so sarcastic and caustically "witty" all the time. I'm not that witty. I'm very depressed, very angry, very disappointed in everything in life and completely and utterly unhappy. did I fail to mention scared out of my gourd? well, I am. I don't know where to look for an addiction specialist, but I'll start looking. to coin a phrase, or rather steal a line, what if this is as good as it gets?

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    The easiest way to do this is to get a longer acting benzo like klonopin or valium and taper slowly. Xanax has the shortest half life of all benzos. It's in and out of your system in a matter of 4-6 hours, thus you feel like you're in w/d if you don't dose every 4-6 hours. Xanax detox sucks. So you need to either taper slowly with either Klonopin, which has a half life of around 36 hours, or valium which has a half life of 50 hours or longer. Either go that route or get the depakote or you're asking for serious problems. God bless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_325 View Post
    The easiest way to do this is to get a longer acting benzo like klonopin or valium and taper slowly. Xanax has the shortest half life of all benzos. It's in and out of your system in a matter of 4-6 hours, thus you feel like you're in w/d if you don't dose every 4-6 hours. Xanax detox sucks. So you need to either taper slowly with either Klonopin, which has a half life of around 36 hours, or valium which has a half life of 50 hours or longer. Either go that route or get the depakote or you're asking for serious problems. God bless.
    do the quacks usually cut off yer xanax like here today gone tomorrow?
    then ba da bing, onto the klonapin?

    I've tried klonapin. it doesn't work. but perhaps it keeps one from having
    siezures, which was essentially the idea when it was invented. it also is a benzo, yes. but a very anemic one.

    again, I realize, the point is to get off xanax without snuffing it. but do ya go
    IMMEDIATELY off? or taper off? in CONJUNCtion with klonapin? or just klonapin?
    I guess I'll find out tomorrow at my pdocs office. golly I can't wait to go there agin.
    yay rejoice and so on

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    Quote Originally Posted by bilmo2008 View Post
    do the quacks usually cut off yer xanax like here today gone tomorrow?
    then ba da bing, onto the klonapin?

    I've tried klonapin. it doesn't work. but perhaps it keeps one from having
    siezures, which was essentially the idea when it was invented. it also is a benzo, yes. but a very anemic one.

    again, I realize, the point is to get off xanax without snuffing it. but do ya go
    IMMEDIATELY off? or taper off? in CONJUNCtion with klonapin? or just klonapin?
    I guess I'll find out tomorrow at my pdocs office. golly I can't wait to go there agin.
    yay rejoice and so on




    Let me know what they tell you and I'll tell you if you have a quack or not. God bless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_325 View Post
    Let me know what they tell you and I'll tell you if you have a quack or not. God bless.
    you're gonna make me wait? please tell me now which idiot scenario is likely to play out. the immediate cessation? or the slow taper in conjunction with the de-caf, otherwise known as clonazepam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bilmo2008 View Post
    you're gonna make me wait? please tell me now which idiot scenario is likely to play out. the immediate cessation? or the slow taper in conjunction with the de-caf, otherwise known as clonazepam?



    If he is an idiot he will tell you to cold turkey and not give you anything for seizures. That is a fact. Let me know what he says. God bless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_325 View Post
    If he is an idiot he will tell you to cold turkey and not give you anything for seizures. That is a fact. Let me know what he says. God bless.
    you rascal

    I meant, do they cut WAY down on xanax and gradually switch you over to klonapin?
    or in other words, do ya take both drugs at the same time in lower doses?
    obviously lower doses. but both at the same time for "awhile"?? while the xanax is weaned?

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    my problems with xanax began when Effexor was replaced with Pristiq.
    Pristiq was the Windows Vista of the drug companies wars for the almighty dollar.
    I had to take it, because I could not afford Brand Name Effexor. there was no generic,
    not even in africa or canada or mexico, or any of the more advanced countries. the
    good old U S of A was the last to have generic effexor and it costs nearly as much as brand name. gee, I wonder why that might be????

    anyway, pristiq was so bad, I begged for anything generic. he picked citalopram. it also sucked, and I started to overuse the xanax. he got righteously indignant and self important and officious and started cutting the xanax by 1 mg per week without klonapin.

    I bailed, went to a new doctor, and she is not a quack. I'll let you know what she says.
    she really is not a quack and I shouldn't even use that word. but she IS a doctor and they were all anointed by God himself, so my doc can be just as annoying as any of them. and they're all annoying, competent or otherwise. but she's not a quack. doctors in general give me severe flatulence.

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    You know what would really help us out here, advising you? Is if you tell us A. How much and how often and how long your Xanax use has been. B. What did your Dr. say when you told her you wanted off the Xanax? Robert is correct: you should go on a longer acting benzo Valium or Klonipin and taper. The crossover might take a bit. Neither act as quickly as xanax does. Xanax c/t is nothing short of dangerous, even with seizure medication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iloerose View Post
    You know what would really help us out here, advising you? Is if you tell us A. How much and how often and how long your Xanax use has been. B. What did your Dr. say when you told her you wanted off the Xanax? Robert is correct: you should go on a longer acting benzo Valium or Klonipin and taper. The crossover might take a bit. Neither act as quickly as xanax does. Xanax c/t is nothing short of dangerous, even with seizure medication.
    Iloerose
    I have been taking that much for years. lately.....more than that. the idea to get off
    was not mine, but I now agree with it. I start Klonapin tomorrow 1and1/2 mgs
    in mrning and 2 mgs at night. same xanax regimen as before for 5 days, then?
    I forget what she said. I need to call. apparently it will be a slow taper. as I have stated before, idiots are thick on the ground in most arenas, in particular the medical field. but my doctor is not one of them. she is very concerned about my tolerance to 4mgs per day, but does not wish to snuff me with abrupt withdrawl. that was my own idiotic idea. I thought up that genius plan the last time the pharmacy would not refill early and I had to go to the ER. I said to myself "enough is enough" I thought, better to get it over with quick. but apparently that is not the case.

    my doc ( a lady) said it would still be hard, and take a long time, but that it will work. I certainly hope so.
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    Yes it will take a long time. But then with benzos slow and steady wins the race. Check out benzo.org/uk which has some provides some of the best info for benzo w/d. There is even a protocol for tapering you xanax as you cross over to the k-pin. Sounds like your doc is up on her stuff! What she is suggesting sounds similar to the Ashton model. It will be easier to get to the smaller doses on k-pin than on xanax because xanax has such a short half life and you have to live with the w/d's between doses. Good luck to you! Go for it!

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    bilmo ........ I agree with Rose about the benzo.org.uk site and Dr Heather Ashton's method for benzo tapering. The only thing about that specific protocol I disagree with is that I think it's just a little TOO slow, but I agree with the basic protocol. I'm not saying to rush through this as it's dangerous to go too quickly stopping benzos. I used to take over 20mg a day of xanax on top of about 10mg of klonopin and abused benzos for 25 years. It caused permanent CNS damage to me. Benzos are serious and you will need to taper slowly.

    Some people can do it a little more quickly than others. I've done this a lot of times here over the years. The best thing to do is see how you react to a taper based on YOUR symptoms for a couple weeks. Then we will better know how to have you taper properly. God bless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilmo2008 View Post
    do the quacks usually cut off yer xanax like here today gone tomorrow?
    then ba da bing, onto the klonapin?

    I've tried klonapin. it doesn't work. but perhaps it keeps one from having
    siezures, which was essentially the idea when it was invented. it also is a benzo, yes. but a very anemic one.

    again, I realize, the point is to get off xanax without snuffing it. but do ya go
    IMMEDIATELY off? or taper off? in CONJUNCtion with klonapin? or just klonapin?
    I guess I'll find out tomorrow at my pdocs office. golly I can't wait to go there agin.
    yay rejoice and so on
    Actually Kolonopin is equal in strength to xanax mg to mg the difference is that xanax is out of you in 6 hours where kolnopin lasts around 36. You can dose once a day w/ kolonopin and not go into w/d but not w/xanax.

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    I went cold turkey from about the same habit as you. It took 5 days for the intense withdraw to hit, after 3 days of no sleep or food I got 6 10mg valium to taper- 1 a day. After 2 weeks the withdraw hit without warning with seizures and had to call 911.
    I'm now tapered down to 1mg zanax every 3 days with the 8 the ER doc gave me, saving the last 2 incase the withdraw/seizures come back.
    You need to taper with valium if posable and always keep some kind of benzo stashed for emergency because stress can cause withdraw/seizures up to six months after your clean.

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    I withdrawled from kpens for about a week after taken them for awhile ive been on xanax and am takin it now an after taking benzos all I can say is if you want literally hell that's wat u get cold turkey from benzos it will break you down mentally and physically just taper off an do it that way withdrawal was the WORST >>>> I've ever been through
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    Ive been on xanax for about 5 months. taking 1mg a day.I've quit cold turkey also and its day 5 for me. The hellish part has somewhat subsided. I still have that "lost" feeling. Should I also be worried about having seizures later on down the road? And how long is this going to last? I dont feel like myself anymore...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DinhDynastie316 View Post
    Ive been on xanax for about 5 months. taking 1mg a day.I've quit cold turkey also and its day 5 for me. The hellish part has somewhat subsided. I still have that "lost" feeling. Should I also be worried about having seizures later on down the road? And how long is this going to last? I dont feel like myself anymore...
    Funny how this thread went from 2012 to yesterday ???
    I guess the op is still using.
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    Robert taking 20mg of X & 10 of K-pin a day is Crazy to me , I hope he is still doing ok.

    I still take Xanax & don't want to Quit, also on methadone.

    Wanting to quit for U Is THE way to go -Not for anybody else or being forced to will not work IMO.
    Tho doing it for family is for U as well , as long as your REALLY READY.

    My 1 Cold turkey experience was in jail in 2007 2mg of X a day for 8+ years but also 70 mg of methadone.
    Spent 18 day's of Hell in the slammer , most IMO from the Methadone Withdraw but I'm pretty sure CT off the Xanax , cig,s & Caffine did not help either.
    actually I was taking K-pin or Xanax Witch ever I could Get.

    The only detox meds I recall them giving me twice daily were ,Robaxin,Clonadine (Sorry my spelling sux, but I type real slow anyway & its taken me 5 min to type this lol),-Phenergan , Ibuprophen ,& anti -Diarrhea Med's.

    Never had a Seizure , but Kinda wished I had To get me out of that Cold , Rock hard Pillow less ,cell that I lay in unable to sleep but Maybe 1 hour a day in 10 min incroments .

    Think I have PTSD from that >>>>. Torture is what it was. All for Driving Suspended X 3.
    Oh well.
    I assume it's day 6 , from what I have heard you most likely would have seized by now but you never know ,
    I'd try to have Someone around for the next few weeks in case U do have one.
    Hang in there it's a b*&^%. but u can do it.
    I envy you , if that helps.
    Daverss

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    I was taking a 1/2 mg of zanex daily before bed only for 2yrs.Its been 2 weeks now and I feel like im about 80% back to normal. I still have headaches and a little light headiness and some anxiety. I'm hoping all symptoms subside soon.I was prescribed 4mgs daily and never ever took more than a half mg thank god this is bad enough.I just want to be my normal self again.Yesterday was 6months since I quit a 10yr oxycodone habit of 210mgs daily.I am excited to be away from all meds But this feeling of not knowing when this zanex detox is gonna end once and for all is killing me.Any advice on what to look forward to from this point forward would be greatly appreciated.

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    My situation is not like yours but it is similar in a way where I /quit Xanax cold-turkey. I wish I hadn't, cos the first week was really horrible but be assured, it goes away! Here's the background on how I beat it and how I will never again take Xanax for more than a day. Benzo's are no joke and they really work differently depending on who takes it.

    I was rear-ended by two cars and ever since then got this weird anxiety/panic attack whenever I am on the road. Doctor told me to take .5mg of Xanax depending on the situation (ie, if i was on a highway where people drive like maniacs, I'd take Xanax to help calm me down.) however, I didn't realize how easily addicting Xanax could be. I started popping them like tic-tacs and usually taking another .5 every 5 hours. Fast forward 3 months later, I ran out of Xanax and start noticing awful things. My anxiety is back, I can't sleep, I feel hazy and 'disconnected' from the world like I'm stuck in some trance-like state.

    I called my doctor and she said she would put me on Ativan instead -- this was a mistake. The second I took Ativan I felt beyond depressed and suicidal. This is unlike me since I am NEVER suicidal or depressed. Naturally I panicked and started researching ways to 'taper' myself off without any help from doctors.

    What worked? Well, honestly speaking, the first week will be sort of brutal but it's not anything you have to fear just as long as you don't let yourself be too depressed over the situation. You will get dark thoughts, you will feel like >>>>, this is inevitable, but please bear in mind it's doable and you will come through this.

    I had a lot of insomnia which was very annoying but then a friend suggested I take Magnesium (natural relaxant) paired up with L-Theanine (amino acid analogue found in Green Tea) capsules. These two things helped calm me down and actually put me to sleep. My withdrawal lasted another few days (probably 10 days total) and I had to fight it with some cardio & walking.

    An important bit about any detox is that you get enough rest while also working out your body. Don't go from benzo to benzo! This is my personal experience so some people may disagree, but honestly, this is what worked for me. Rest + Magnesium/L-Theanine with few cups of chamomile tea before bed time for added relaxation.

    So yes, I did quit Xanax cold-turkey after 3 month use. Would it be more severe if I took it for a year? Probably, but given what I experienced on this drug I'll never take it again unless I have to do an MRI or something along those lines. In one hand Xanax makes you feel worry-free but it's your worst enemy in a long-run. Stay away from taking this for any more than a day or two. It's addicting and awful.

    Good luck!

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    QUITTING LARGE DOSES OF BENZOS CAN CAUSE SEIZURES. You can DIE from quitting a benzo suddenly or tapering too fast. You really need to consult a doc and ASK for an antiseizure med such as depakote. As far as the supplements, those can cause no harm, but they work variably for different people, but I'm glad you've posted those here. I've done the xanax c/t thing and no, I did not have a seizure and did not even know at the time it could cause seizures. It was the worst experience of my life, was off a little over 10 days then went back and tapered them. I could not sleep, every sound was the loudest I ever heard, every sense was heightened to an unimaginable degree, dysphoria: feeling like you are not yourself, I lost 15 pounds in two days, scary beyond belief. This was from 3mg. of xanax for 2 years. My doctor told me they weren't addictive and were harmless.

    I so agree that benzos should be a LAST resort to anxiety and should be used sparingly for a short period of time.

    Peace,

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    Quote Originally Posted by iloerose View Post
    QUITTING LARGE DOSES OF BENZOS CAN CAUSE SEIZURES. You can DIE from quitting a benzo suddenly or tapering too fast. You really need to consult a doc and ASK for an antiseizure med such as depakote. As far as the supplements, those can cause no harm, but they work variably for different people, but I'm glad you've posted those here. I've done the xanax c/t thing and no, I did not have a seizure and did not even know at the time it could cause seizures. It was the worst experience of my life, was off a little over 10 days then went back and tapered them. I could not sleep, every sound was the loudest I ever heard, every sense was heightened to an unimaginable degree, dysphoria: feeling like you are not yourself, I lost 15 pounds in two days, scary beyond belief. This was from 3mg. of xanax for 2 years. My doctor told me they weren't addictive and were harmless.

    I so agree that benzos should be a LAST resort to anxiety and should be used sparingly for a short period of time.

    Peace,

    Iloerose
    Do not do cold turkey I have done cold turkey I take xanax one milligram three times daily and quit cold turkey after 7 days I had a seizure it was my first one my doctor no sleep for 7 days as well has prescribed me something called clonidine to help me with the withdrawal symptoms as they did not want to give me xanax again and as I've become very highly its horrible of it the clonidine ended up making my pupils dialate to pinpoint and I ended up having a stroke had to go get EKGs cats cans and they said everything looked fine as done to withdrawal and having got through withdrawal medicine I did manage to do a taper process I highly recommend it cold turkey is not the way to go

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    Dang 51 reinstated xanax helping but in a nursing home

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    On 9/14/15 an ER Dr went into my purse and took my bottle of Xanax I had been taking prescribed by my psychiatrist as part of my bipolar regimen. I had been taking 1mg 3x a day for 6 years. He somehow determined I was addicted to it. Did this without calling my Dr. I begged for my meds to be returned to me as I knew of the seizure consequence. He didn't offer me a taper or anything. On 9/16/15 I suffered a major seizure that almost killed me. I stopped breathing for 7 minutes and still have side effects. Still no call to my dr. I was admitted. They gave me some Adavan and released me to a treatment facility for a taper using Adavan. Saw my psychiatrist who warned me I was still at risk for seizures and she put me on kolonopin. Then Topomax was added which is an anti-seizure med and a migraine med cause I get daily migraines. I suffer from shakes and some memory loss. I'm waiting for more test from a civilian neuro dr. I was treated at a military facility that stopped my Xanax and gave me the seizure. I refuse to let them treat me further. Hopefully these side effects go away but no guarantees. The withdrawals are no fun and I wish this on no one. So be careful!

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    i was taking 6mgs a day at one point and quit cold turkey....besides from a little agitation and cravings i was fine...then on day 5 i had a seizure at exactly 5:40 am (10 mins after my alarm clock went off for me to go to work) i wasnt aware quitting cold turkey induced seizures at this point in my life (12 yrs ago)..I did not feel it come on or anything...i just remembered getting ready for work and then my next memory was being loaded into a ambulance on a stretcher (my girlfriend called 911) she saw the whole thing and said the actual seizure lasted about a minute but i was very out of it for a good 45 mins. Thats when the dr warned me of going off a high dose like that cold turkey can kill you and he gave me a shot of ativan and a script for 21 xanax 1mg tablets

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    This is not meant to scare you I'll say out front I am just trying to help. I am 33 and my psychiatrist put me on Xanax when I was 15 still in high school at a very high dose for my PTSD , panic a this is not meant to scare you I'll say out front I am just trying to help. I am 33 and my psychiatrist put me on Xanax when I was 15 still in high school at a very high dose of 8 mg a day for my PTSD panic attacks , etc. when I had my first grand mal seizure, I was in the hospital , under "supervision" and I had my seizure on the 13th day. STILL on the Xanax. Just of course a lower dose, 1mg 2x a day. Now I was on a high dose, and for years, but at that point I was 20 so it'd been 5 years. I think the dosage and the length of time you've been on them matters. That being said, cold turkey is absolutely not okay. And I've been in your shoes of being 3 days short. Even a week. And I stopped being short after many seizures. It's been years and years since I've been short. A couple of seizures will help with that. When I WAS short, I'd go to the ER or call my dr. 99% of the time , mostly at the ER I'd have to go in daily for my dose. It's dangerous yes. I'd stress to your dr that you are a few days short, that your tolerance went up , etc. I can tell you it's better to be safe than sorry. I hope this helps and please if your dr won't listen, going to the ER will , at the least, get his attention. Maybe he can increase your dose. Again I hope this helps! Good luck.

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    I understand fully because I am feeling insane right now on day five cold turkey, and my doctors exact words after he cut me from my Vicodin and Xanax the same day, was...a Good Luck. I am now feeling so dizzy, and weird,that all I can do is pray...Jesus, please help me!!! The doctors clearly do not care, if you have an addictive personality, and abuse your meds, they treat you like a criminal.The odd thing is they are aware the drug is addictive, and I actually have withdrawn before, but like you said, it is a vicious cycle.You want to quit, then, your body begs for a refill, you beg for it, then you run out early, then, you withdraw, then you get more, etc, etc.This is a nightmare. Truly...Even after five days, still strong intense discomfort, I would compare the feeling to a bad acid trip. God be with you
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    Quote Originally Posted by stella39 View Post
    I understand fully because I am feeling insane right now on day five cold turkey, and my doctors exact words after he cut me from my Vicodin and Xanax the same day, was...a Good Luck. I am now feeling so dizzy, and weird,that all I can do is pray...Jesus, please help me!!! The doctors clearly do not care, if you have an addictive personality, and abuse your meds, they treat you like a criminal.The odd thing is they are aware the drug is addictive, and I actually have withdrawn before, but like you said, it is a vicious cycle.You want to quit, then, your body begs for a refill, you beg for it, then you run out early, then, you withdraw, then you get more, etc, etc.This is a nightmare. Truly...Even after five days, still strong intense discomfort, I would compare the feeling to a bad acid trip. God be with you
    That dizzy feeling is you being very close to a seizure. It feels like you want to faint but in an angry confused way if that makes sense. Been there to many times . after 4 seizures I never run out if my Xanax script. I can stretch one script to 4 months if I really wanted to. How much did you go cold turkey from?. I was taking (abusing) about 8mg a day when I went cold turkey and had my first seizure. Took about 2 1/2 half weeks of pure insanity then I had my seizure. Suicidal thoughts (seems like the only way to end the nightmare) hallucinations, MAJOR insomnia, diahrea, twitching/spasms. ZERO appetite and the list goes. Xanax or any benzo withdrawal is serious its not like the other forums where people say stuff like "you can do it!!" Or " it'll be OK were here for you". If you were taking 1-2mg a day for st least a month and went cold turkey you need physical help. Please let me know how much you were taking daily and how long, ASAP. I'll be checking this every 30 mins

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