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I have been taking an insane amount of valerian daily- about

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I have been taking an insane amount of valerian daily- about 1000 mg in an alcohol-based solution. Why? Because I can't drink, I can't smoke weed, and I live in Russia. That should explain it. And, I'm in medical school. So, yeah. My stress level is incredibly high. I'm a former RN, from the US, with far too much education for my social situation (not even going to go there, but I have 2 kids and a difficult marriage to a Russian man). Anyway.... I want to stop this crap- I really do- because it is getting in the way of me passing my final exams! However, I'm scared of going cold turkey, and I can't find anything in the literature to support stopping cold turkey. Does anyone know anything? Or should I just taper down over a week or 5 days? AAAGH Addiction is truly a disease! Anyone who says differently hasn't suffered or seen the wreckage!

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

I am sorry to hear about your problem.

mysticdoc :

Valerian root is addictive on long term use.

mysticdoc :

You need to gradually cut down your valerian dose.

mysticdoc :

The best way to do is to reduce 10% of your daily dosage every week.

mysticdoc :

This way you will be able to minimize the withdrawal symptoms.

Customer:

Yeah, no kidding! Everything I had read said it wasn't addictive, but it is. It really is. Ok. I will start reducing right now. I'd like to just quit and ride out the withdrawal, but actually, that would probably be harder on my body. I think I am just one of those people who has to be totally sober. There will be nothing for my unquiet mind except my books, my work, my kids, and the occasional meal, which I don't even like. But oh well! Someday I will find peace in sobriety! Thank you!

mysticdoc :

that is, cut down to 900 mg daily for a week, then 820 mg daily for a week and so on.

mysticdoc :

Definitely you will see good difference ince you are off valerian.

mysticdoc :

But during the tapering phase, do not give up.

mysticdoc :

and the way I suggested will be easier to achieve your goal.

Customer:

Ok. Will do! Thank you for your help! I will be glad to be off everything! No, I won't give up- I've worked to MF hard to get to this point, and really, now that I've realized I just have to be completely sober, it's actually not so bad. Kinda bland, but not so bad. It could be worse, ya know? Anyway, being a doctor is SO hard- No one knows how much sacrifice it takes, so I applaud you for your work. As a nurse, I had no idea how much blood, sweat, tears, etc., it took. Thanks again for your help!

mysticdoc :

You are very welcome

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