Re: Can marijuana help through benzo withdrawal? « Reply #124 on: March 30, 2017, 12:26:47 am »
Marijuana elevates heart rate and therefore can trigger a panic attack. I was a daily pot smoker and 90 percent of the times I was great except for random bug outs. Klonopin took that edge off. Then when I was tapering in the fall I got massive attacks every time I smoked. My cold turkey was so bad in January I didn’t even bother trying it. I smoked one little hit the other night and my heart went[…]. I hear what you are saying about being hungry prior to smoking and how it can cause some anxiety that’s a real thing. But I don’t think pot is useful for benzo withdrawals. I love marijuana and I’m super sad to not be smoking it anymore. I don’t think it’s harmful, but I’d rather avoid a panic attack or chest discomfort. I may try some edibles at some point. I researched this to death because I so miss smoking it but from everything I’ve read it doesn’t seem conducive to the brain healing post benzos. If you try and it works for you congrats. Let me know how it goes. Lol
Is this mania? « on: September 19, 2016, 04:42:22 am »
2 weeks ago I went to the er because I felt like I was loosing my mind, I felt like adrenaline was cranked through me all day, it was very scary my mind was racing 1 hundred miles an hour, obsessed thoughts, no sleep needed no meds could calm me down, went back on the seroquel for a few days felt a lot better, this all happened when I stopped the buspar and seroquel for a few weeks, I went up on my dose in buspar today same feeling are starting but my seroquel famed it down, is this bipolar mania? Still trying to diagnose me because my anxiety is so bad with mood changes and depression, only thing that helped was klonopin but weont prescribe it I have been off of it a month and a half after tapering, I’m just wondering if my anxiety is so bad from bipolar?
Why withdrawel at all??? « on: April 03, 2016, 10:24:55 pm »
over the past two years I have gone from Klonopin to valium. Have reduced from 35mg valium to 16.25mg.
1. I lost my job
2. I feel worse with every reduction
3. I’ve lost weight
4. bad physical problems.
5. Isolated myself from the world because i am in a constant state of panic/ depression
6. cannot function. Drive a car, go to the store etc.
Why did I do all this to myself when I probably could have just upped my klonopin and felt ok. I went 18 years of being on it with no problems. Maybe some people just need to take it for life like cholesterol medicine. It seems like everyone on here talks about the horror of withdrawel and ways to do it but no one sais why they did start to taper. Were some of you fine and just didn’t want to take a pill everyday or did you start to have problems with the meds? If so why not try to take more? I’m just trying to figure this out.
Benzodiazepines, according to the National Institute of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine, are a class of hypnotic drug often used to treat insomnia and anxiety, though long-term daily use can lead to addiction in a tiny minority of patients. Brand-name benzodiazepines include Klonopin, Ativan and Xanax.
Under Rep. Paul McMurtry’s bill (H 4062), the Department of Public Health would be charged with establishing protocols to help patients safely taper off and discontinue their use of benzodiazepines and nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics so that withdrawal is minimized.
Psychiatrists testified that restricting these drugs would deprive many patients of living a normal and productive life.
Testifying against the bill, Tufts Medical Center psychiatrist Dr. Edward Silberman said that the stories patients told Monday were unlike experiences he had in his practice. (Cult watchers note those testifying for the bill were organized to do so by the anti-psychiatry movement, thereby skewing the testimony.)
“I’ve been in academic psychiatry my whole life,” he said. “Maybe I’ve been a little bit sheltered and people do things that I would be horrified to do, such as prescribing benzos or any other medications for vague reasons or insisting that a person stay on them who doesn’t feel well on them. That, I think would be, to coin a phrase, madness on the part of the treater, so I think the problem with legislation of this kind from my point of view is that it tars everything with the same brush.”
Silberman and other psychiatrists expressed concern that the regulations would dissuade doctors from prescribing the medications under appropriate circumstances when they could improve a patient’s life.
Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum, the chief of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, said hypnotic drugs are typically not the first line of treatment and an estimated 15 percent of the population “periodically and safely use these medications to manage stress, peaks of anxiety, insomnia.”
Dr. Edward Silberman of Tufts Medical Center: “Benzodiazepines, for the correct patients, can be lifesaving treatments.”
(All Massachusetts elected officials have been contacted and provided primary source evidence (screenshots, html) on the anti-psychiatry movement’s threats to doctors, connections to Scientology, etc. The majority of people promoting this bill are zealots of the anti-psychiatry movement.)