Drugs like Xanax, Valium and Klonopin are anti anxiety medicines in the benzodiazepine family. They do a very good job treating anxiety, but they can be addictive. If you are addicted to them from taking them on a daily basis, if you stop abruptly, it can be life threatening.
Alcohol withdrawl and benzodiazepine withdrawl are the same physically. In fact, if you are an alcoholic, we trade your alcohol addiction to a Valium addiction, then slowly wean you off the Valium.
When I’m in hangover in the morning I feel just a little bit tired but still ok for the first 2-3 hours, after I start feeling really bad : anxiety, tachycardia, difficult breathing, very strong dizziness....
If I take a Xanax after 20 minutes hangover just gone, or if I take it before the alcohol is gone from my system in those 2-3 hours I avoid the whole thing . Why?
I was drinking and was honest with my psych and they still put me on Ativan 3x a day everyday. I quit on my own a year ago but it was a living hell. I had to move to another state to realize how backwards this was. I could’ve stopped breathing easily in my sleep and almost all of 2016 is blank for me.
20 mg of diazepam per hour and still shaking? That is about as bad of an alcoholic as you can get. That is like 1mg of Xanax or .75, give er take the peak times as I know diazepam has a longer duration. Diazepam never work for me when I had panic/anxiety and it didnt even help me sleep or relax, felt like a placibo. Only thing that worked for me was Xanax or Clonazepam for my issues. Maybe this is why alcoholics need alot of diazepam.
Doctor, I’ve been prescribed Ativan as sort of a multi-purpose drug for anxiety, epilepsy, and sleep issues (although I do other things and have other drug prescriptions for sleep but in general try to stay away from drugs for that), but I mainly use it to prevent seizures if I feel an aura.
I’ve had Ativan for quite a while and it’s definitely not working as well to stop the auras. I don’t want to take more because I feel like the obvious tolerance I have will just keep building and I could get addicted.
However, I really want to stay with benzodiazepines because as far as I know there’s nothing better to stop seizures (and while I take Depakote, it’s not always going to prevent a seizure), and I know it works really well for me. I was planning on asking for a different benzo but I don’t necessarily want Xanax, because I know how recreational it is.
Should I request a drug? Turn down Xanax? Take higher doses of Ativan?
I've been on Klonopin for almost 15yrs. Now I'm nervous taking it because I don't take it daily. I go months with out getting it filled. I'm supposed to take it twice a day and don't. I don't even take it once a week.
Not taking it daily is great! You should never use benzos every day. The take two daily is more of a upper limit that you shouldn't exceed.
Benzos arent a drug that you take daily, like an ssri, to achieve the effects;they happen shortly after you take them. Like the doc said, use them as an emergency thing, not a daily thing.
I used to take 4mg, but now I'm down to 0.5mg, as need it, I only took once, since I got it last month, I am so proud myself, of course, my doctor gave me another meds so I can calm this far. I am battling panic disorder since 2006 to now, I hope, my goal is I don't have to take Xanax anymore.
County Diamond hey diamond girl! How are you doing? I know it sucks to have anxiety I have it also but the xanax is a huge band aid. I used it for over five years and I was eating them like Skittles. You can do it but taper very slow.
Question. I been on 0.5 cut in half Klonopin for the last 6 to 7 years due to violent shaking and twitching Months ago after being admitted in the er for a bacterial infection the nurse accidentally gave me a full .05 Klonopin it was a purple one beside that I been taking and still am taking half of a 0.5 pills. Sometimes though I notice my body shaking vibration type from inside and my balance isn’t as stable as it was. Do you think this may have something to do with being on Klonopin for over 6 years
back when I was a kid. I never felt at ease. didn’t know what it was. Found a valium. wow. thats all I could say. Never got addicted thankfully. BUT I searched the drug out. luckily for me. rarely finding it.
How do you feel about klonopin 0.5mg qd. Some times a Day is skipped, without issue. The half life is some what long, which is helpful. Never had a problem discontinuing at this dose, never had a problem using more than this dose either
Docter i have a question you said to use valium for acute lower back pain , can you give other other alternatives for muscle relaxer because valium is not available in my country ,i have lower back pain for a year now with no any spinal problem.
pretty informative but you dont adress the underlying mechanisms primarily my previous comment, gaba. But im glad youre not one of those doctors who are totally against benzos, lots of people wouldnt be able to live a normal life without benzos. great video
Hi Greg, I have told patients exactly the same - how would you feel if I told you to have a whisky to help? Generally they look at me like I'm talking rubbish but now I'm going to show them your video, thanks. (I do occasionally prescribe for acute psychological trauma.)
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Dr Greg Castillo Thank you for you video great information, I been taking Xanax for almost 6 years daily 3 time a day 1mg I want to wean off from them my question to you is, is it truth the if you wean off from benzo very slowly you can still have withdrawal, I really want to wean off from then very ,very slowly it this truth. Please Dr Castillo I will appreciate if you can respond to me I am 53 year old I need to stop taking this benzo. Thank you.
Dr. Greg Castello Thank you for responded back to me, I did talk to my doctor I guess I just wanted to hear a second opinion if that could happen weaning slow if you still can get withdrawal. Thank you again.