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The valium was what I take during the course of the 6 months as needed.
I took the xanax because I had an abscess that was very painful and i though xanax would be better than valium since its more powerful. I may have taken valium once during the course of the 11 days I took xanax, but I only took xanax in the past year during those 11 days.
My real concern has been this withdrawl has been particularly hard even for the short duration of the xanax.
If i reinstate valium, I'd go to 2 mg and taper off. I am very concerned that if I get to 1mg or .5, I will be right back to where I started. But I would potentially limit my risk of protracted withdrawl.
If it means anything, 2 years ago I came off taking ambien for 5 years nightly and also an acute 3 months of xanax for a major stomach issue. That was a cold turkey withdrawl that was hard, but I do beleive I tapered off 2mg in 2 weeks with success. I am really nervous now about putting benzos back into my body.
One concern I have is that my brain is going to take into consideration the sporadic use of Valium over the past 6 months (1-3x a week, but never on consecutive days) as part of the package in determining if I go protractive. Could my mind remember the ambien from 2 years ago?
I probably also want to note that I took xanax for 11 days, then oxycodone for 4... (turns out i broke a rib from a fall during the absess)
I did not take the xanax and valium together.... it was one or the other during the time of my abscess.
xanax at .25 or valium at 2.5
The xanax was last taken 14 days ago, the oxcodone 10 days ago... Am I still at the peak? Or do I have 4 more days to go?
Are you concerned about protractive withdrawal with what I have told you?
Is benadryl a good alternative to get through the next few days?
And lastly, you are probably advising me not to reintroduce valium right now? Will that prolong my withdrawl if I actually do? (very important question)
If II take valium at 2mg and cut the dose over the next two weeks, is that beneficial or detrimental to recovery?
Are you concerned with protractive withdrawl considering I have taken the valium a couple times a week for the past 6 months alongside this issue with the xanax? The valium was really no more than 2 or 3 days a week.
Do you normally see protractive withdrawal in patients that are on low doses?
Do you have any advice for sleep while I battle this out over the next few days?
You state "Some of them do opt to take something like Valium to help ease the withdrawal symptoms (since Valium has a long half life), others prefer to "gut it out" until it passes. But, what they both have in common is that the withdrawal symptoms do go away."
Do you introduce valium in the middle of withdrawal? Is this a small dose a few times or do you do a taper?
Thats the end of my questions! I am going to leave you a tip btw.
Ok, this will be the last one then..
If I take valium for 5 nights now at 2mg, I can discontinue it in 5 nights without any adverse affect to my recovery or dependency to valium? Do i taper coming off? Doesnt this distrupt the gaba receptors trying to heal? How will I know that my symptoms have abated beacuse of valium vs they actually are healing?
Remember, I do take valium (2.5mg) regularly (sometimes 3x per week at night, sometimes 2x per week at night), however, I dont have any problems sleepig on nights i dont take it. this xanax/oxycodone issue is the mess.
Does the fact that I went through ambien and xanax withdrawal 2 years ago make me more likely to have a worser withdrawal or protractive withdrawal?
Thanks. I promise this is the last one.
Is it typical that on day 12, 13, 14 I get bad anxiety, whereas no anxiety in the beginning, just terrible sleep?
I have to admit- my anxiety levels are through the roof right now trying to figure out how to live, if I am going to introduce the valium, am i going to go protractive...
You will be getting a good tip from me!
Actually- I do have infection still from my absecess... My white blood count was a tad high, my neutrophils were a bit high as well. But this feeling I don't beleive is from infection.
My blood tests showed by thryoid to be ok...
Here is the blood tests attached... Remember, I had a painful ano colorectal abscess and the doc says its normal that the results are still showing infection. They actually didnt change much from the original results when I went in. The first night i stopped the oxycodone I got no sleep. It started then. I am exhibiting all the right symptoms, restless legs, insomnia, anxiety, vision issues, etc..
does this concern you?
Do you suspect this being a long struggle with the dosing i told you?
Dr Anderson, We spoke the other day regarding the issues i was having coming off xanax after taking it for 10-12 days, then oxycodone for 4 day. I am on day 17 now and showing improvement in some areas but not in others. I did take your advice and I took 1.25 mg of valium two nights in a row and actually slept. I am going to taper off that over the next 2-3 weeks, probably cut .25 every 5 days. I probably get very anxious and wonder if when I come off the valium will I be worse off? Whats started about 5 days ago is anxiety. Usually around lunch time and last about 4 hours, I get this burst of anxiety that sticks with me and is uncomfortable and then subsides at nighttime. Right now my symptoms of this withdrawal are anxiety and insomnia. Is this anxiety normal, especally at this point? I am getting very discouraged right now that my symptoms will never improve or I will never sleep again, or I will have a hard time coming off the 1.25 taper and be back to where I started. Now I wonder if I have something entirely wrong with me that isnt even withdrawal (although it all started the night I didnt take oxycodone) I also wonder if I will enter a protracted state or I am already in it and thats why I am gettng this anxiety which seems to go away around nighttime. Give me some words of advice please from your experience. In your experience, would someone with such a light dose taken acutely for 10-12 days, then for half a week for 6-9 months have a long drawn out with drawal? Or should I see the light in a few weeks?
One thing I wanted to mention is that I now recall during that 10-12 day time period that I took xanax, one night instead i took 7.5 mg of valium if that means anything. I may have also take a 2.5 of valium one night as well.
In your opinion, do you think I am on the mend?
Or will i get worse before I get better, in your experience. Is the protracted period more difficult than my first two weeks which werent so good? With my doseage of a short period, does that possibly make my recovery less protracted or less severe, in your experience?
I did start up on 1.25mg of valium once at night and will taper that over two weeks. Do you think this will help or hurt?
My symptoms right now are anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Most of the other symptoms have subsided. I think I have alot of anxiety over whether I will get better, whether I will get worse and from just being tired.
Can I still be on the mend even though I am back to a very small dose of valium or did that move me back?
With what I told you, should I improve by the week from what you have seen in your practice?
You mentioned I may be protracted. I read that the acute phase is from 5-28 days, and I am at Day 17.
Will the protracted phase be worse than the acute one in your experence?
Remember, this was basically a low dose of xanax or valium for 11-14 days.