Elderly forced into years-long tapers

Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:52:06 pm »

[Buddie]

I was wondering if there are any here who are over 60 years of age and tapering. I feel it is a lot harder now that I am older. I am going to press on with this at a very slow taper rate. I don’t care how long it takes, as long as I have minimal to no symptoms. I need to be able to function and want quality of life. Just thought I would inquire. Thanks.

Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 02:11:39 pm »

[Buddie]

Hi,

I was 62 when I began my taper, which, of necessity was a fast taper. Though it took me a long time to heal, I don’t regret it at this point, and am much better for being off benzos. It really was worth it. I’m 5.5 years off now.

Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 02:26:09 pm »

[Buddie]

I completed my taper just after my 60th birthday. Now I am recovered and I feel good and I feel young again. I’m so glad I tapered off this crap. It’s worth doing at any age.
Love,
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Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 04:56:22 pm »

[Buddie]

I will be 58 tomorrow so not quite 60 but close enough. I did a slow taper but I am still having issues. I don’t know that it can be avoided completely. Good luck with your taper. I am sure it will all be worth it in the end.

Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 07:30:57 pm »

[Buddie]

I’m 64 but don’t know if there is a big difference between tapering at 20-30 years old or 50-60 years old. I just know that whatever time I have left, I want to be totally drug free including antidepressants that don’t work anyway.

Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 07:37:04 pm »

[Buddie]

I am 61 and took my last xanax May 31st 2016. I tapered for four months and in hindsight I think my healing would have been smoother if I had gone a bit slower on the taper. I am so grateful at this point though to be free of xanax- the battle was worth it. I am living a pretty normal life now and most symptoms have lessened to a tolerable level. I wanted to give you hope that there is life on the other side even when you are 60 or older.

Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2017, 08:22:56 pm »

[Buddie]

I’m 68 and have been doing a very slow taper for years. For the most part I have been functional. My fears made and still do make the symptoms much worse! I’m down to 1.75mgs of Valium now. I was only on xanax .25 mgs for sleep for 18 months. I have been tapering on Valium for 4 years. I had some very long holds due to life altering events. I have never updosed. I have learned so much about myself during the last 4 years. I’m grateful for that. I look forward to the future and I know the best is yet to come! I do think age has an impact on tapering. My doctor agrees. Best of luck to you! 

Re: Being Over 60 and Tapering?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2017, 09:43:36 pm »

[Buddie]

Thank you all for the encouragement and hope! It’s never too late and I know that I will feel much better when it is completed. Going low and slow is key. 4 years is what I think I may be looking at. That is fine as long as I can function. I have a mother who will be 90 in a few months and have to make sure she is doing well. She lives 3 hours away and I have to be able to travel and keep going. Sometimes we have no control over life’s circumstances and it does get harder as we get older. I also have some friends who are sick and I try to see them and help with their care. I am a retired RN so I still have the nurse in me. My husband is very supportive even though he can’t understand. I have sometimes say no to doing too much activity wise. I commend you all for your determination and positive attitudes! Thank you so much!
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Cult members give up children to embark on endless benzo tapers

How do you parent in withdrawal?
« on: May 21, 2017, 12:02:25 am »

[Buddie]

I have not been able to do anything for my son since this happened to me. I worry that if I don’t get better, he will be taken from me. How do people even parent in this kind of mental decline?

Re: How do you parent in withdrawal?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 05:28:56 am »

[Buddie]

You don’t know how long this will go on.
It might be best to make an agreement with someone you trust
who can be ready in case things at home become unsustainable
and too difficult for your son.

I assume you are doing all the right things, but things might not work out in time.

Once you join Benzo Buddies you never can leave, member on THIRD taper attempt

Third time trying this :(
« on: April 14, 2017, 06:14:52 pm »

[Buddie]

First time, failed cold turkey in September 2016

Did 4 month liquid taper that ended Feb 28th ,2017. Failed after 6 week jump. Big mistake using gabapentin. Made me lost take my own life.

Last and final attempt. Going to get of of this rat poison gabapentin which made benzo withdrawl seem like a joke. Then do the klonopin taper.

Once I am stabaloze, how long so you think it will take to taper off 1.5mg k. I do not want to rush it, nor prolong it. Please someone offer some advice. Would 9 months seem excessive?

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Is Moon Phases a thing?
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:19:58 pm »

[Buddie]

I’m noticing more insomnia when full moon approaches? http://www.moongiant.com/Full_Moon_New_Moon_Calendar.php

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Hair Loss due to Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:55:52 am »

[Buddie]

Is there any proof or has anyone had significant hair loss from benzo use? I am 33, a woman and I am way too young to be thinning out. It has become quite embarrassing. I loose globs of hair a day, especially after I shower. This is terrible.

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Itching Returns
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:17:59 pm »

[Buddie]

So i used to get itching back in acute and for a short time after that. It finally went away around month 7. Now it’s back! Is this normal? The itching creeps up in the morning and evening hours.

Do symptoms leave and then come back? I’m 11 months out at this point and thought symptoms would be lifting. I will say my anxiety is slowly lifting!!! 🙂

Long benzo tapers cause cancer?

Long Benzo Tapers cause cancer!
« on: October 20, 2016, 04:54:50 pm »

[Buddie]

I just finished reading an article that was withhold from the public from the FDA that shows long term benzo usage including taper time can cause throat cancer, bladder cancer, and testicular cancer in men as well as numerous cancers in women. This is very concerning as I thought benzos were safe.

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Tapered too soon?
« on: August 07, 2016, 01:34:14 pm »

[Buddie]

So earlier this summer I had posted a bunch about my wife and tapering a little too fast and eventually crashing which led on for weeks. Well, at the end of of all we wound back at her original dose of 2 mg a day of clonazepam. She stabilised, and pride wounded, we went on with life and started talking about tapering again when we thought things were OK enough. A few weeks back she transitioned to milk based titration but held her dose and then slowly we started to taper. Whopping thee days worth taking her from 2 mg to 1.97 and she seems to be OK but then some major life stressors came into play and before we knew it she had completely spiraled out of control. Did we start tapering too soon? Was she just not really stable enough to begin with and extra susceptible to stress and panic? It is so hard to tell but now she is walled up in the bedroom, fetal position, crawling out if her skin. I’m planning to call her doctor on Monday and am resigned he may bump up her dose, at which point we just hold for a while before thinking about titrating again.

I am beside myself. I am statring a new job next week and I know I can’t be so lax with my schedule as to try and be available for my wife when she is like this. Our daughter starts kindergarten right after that and I will have my hands full just taking care of the family. Its nuts, just nuts. Sorry to vent a little.

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My mind is boggled
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:45:35 pm »

[Buddie]

I know a woman who just went to detox three weeks ago to get off a painkiller and Xanax. The reason she went is because she ran out of Xanax for 2 days and had a seizure while driving. She didn’t have a seizure during detox and the only symptom she has had this entire time is an elevated heart rate. She took the Xanax for 14 years and was up to 3 mgs+ a day. I told her about what I’ve been going through and made her read the stories on here before she went and pleaded with her not to CT. I think now she really thinks I’m nuts! My mind is just boggled that it can be that easy for someone, though I am thrilled for her.