I abruptly stopped taking Baclofen, about April 29 because I ran out of the medicine. I contacted the Doctors office on April 30 to get a refill order to the pharmacy. The Doctors office didn't get the refill order to the pharmacy until May 3, despite daily calls to get them to refill it. At the time I was taking 80 mg per day. I had been taking Baclofen since September of last year. On May 1, I went into severe Baclofen withdrawal. I did
not sleep for several nights. My mind was a big mess. I was afraid I would die, I had lots of weird thoughts. I finally got my prescription restarted on May 3. At the time I didn't know that the Baclofen was the source of my psychosis
. After I started taking it again, I started feeling a little better. Then I got the idea to look up Baclofen on the internet and found out it was the source of my problem.I returned my dose to where it was before I went into withdrawal and I started feeling better. I decided to wean my self off of the Baclofen, and I reduced it by 10 mg every 5 days. I was doing not so bad until I got down to the lower doses, so I asked my Doctor how to withdraw and he told me to reduce from 20 to 10 t0 5 to 2.5 to 0, a week at a time. When I went from 20 to 10, I experienced dizziness
and my heart was racing. I went back up to 15 mg, and saw the Dr. again. This time he told me to go from 15 to 10 to 5 to 2.5 to 0. When I went from 15 to 10, I suffered the dizziness and fast heart rate again. The next day I started feeling better. I am still at 10 mg, and I plan on going to 7.5 after I feel OK for a couple of more days. My main problem is this. At the time this happened to me, my co-worker had a mother-in-law who was dying from cancer. She has since passed. He would give me details about her condition and what she looked like , etc. Since the severe withdrawal, I always have death on my mind, wither my own death, or others around me, even the death of our world someday. I can't get it out of my head. Some days are better than others. I hope when I am completely withdrawn from Baclofen, my mind will go back to normal thinking. What can I do to alleviate this? I still have very poor sleep, mostly because of the withdrawal. I am lucky to sleep 4 hours most nights and it is a restless sleep. I really want to be normal again. I have other stress
in my life too, like possible job loss, losing my home, having a lot of debt that I need to file bankruptcy, etc.
By the way, the Baclofen was prescribe to me by my neurologist for a condition called torticollis. He never explained the medication to me other than to say it would take care of the problem. Well it didn't. I didn't ask about it because I trusted a doctor to tell me if there were any dangers about a medication.