"It is more difficult to withdraw people from benzodiazepines than it is.. There was not much about Z drugs like Ambien, mostly it was about.
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I was prescribed Valium back in the mid 1970s for insomnia and i took it for 20 years. For most of that time, i wasn't addicted in the sense that i didn't get a tolerance for it, i i didn't need to increase the dose to get the effect, but i was dependent, i had to get up for work in the morning and i didn't want to patiently wait to fall asleep, i wanted to be able to control when i would fall asleep so i used the Valium for that.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be debilitating. insomnia, I was taking 3 mg Xanax, 3 mg Klonapin, and 12.5 Ambien CR for about 3 years.
I have tapered to 1 1/4 mg from 1 1/2 of Ativan for about 6 days. But I want off this medication. I plan to stay at this level for at least 2 more weeks and I see my Dr next week. Have no idea at this point what I will do if I am able to taper to 0 since I have horrible sleep issues.
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It’s not just drugs, vitamins, herbs or supplements that can cause an unbearable spike in benzo symptoms. Salmon revved up my symptoms too. I couldn’t eat garbanzo beans without an increase in symptoms.
Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2009 Jun;30(2):177-9. doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181875aa0. A fatal case of benzodiazepine withdrawal. Lann MA(1), Molina DK.
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While in the hospital, the decedent developed seizure-like activity and died approximay 15 hours after admission. Although it is possible that the zolpidem, reportedly taken in the 12 hours before admission, masked the initial symptoms of withdrawal, the conslation of symptoms and signs at presentation are more consistent with benzodiazepine withdrawal than of zolpidem overdose.
I never would have thought taking low doses of benzo's, ie xanax and dalmane would do this! but its been many many yrs of it. We are all.
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Benzodiazepine withdrawal could be very dangerous and has high risks of seizures. Ambien has numerous side effects as well including.