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55 yr old female in menopause with panic and anxiety disorder. Trying to taper off almost 5mg a day of alprazolam using valium according to the Dr XXX XXX XXX chart with my psychiatrists permission. Are you familiar with her chart and is it safe? Feeling more depressed. I have been doing it for a little over a week now and down to 4mg for three days now. Denise
Thank you for your answer. I am concerned about the next step of withdrawal of the Valium once I get completely withdrawn from the Xanax as that is what she uses to withdraw. Is Valium easier to come off? Does it have depressive side effects?
Thank you. I am already experiencing depression but maybe I am going to fast or could it be residual effects from the Clonazepam we tried to switch me to? I only took it for 4 days but it was not a good experience! I then went back to alprazolam for one day 5mg. aand now I have been on the Ashton taper for nine days. She had no schedule for tapering from 5mg only from 6mg or 4mg so had to improvise. I am at 4mg now for 5 days out of the 9 days I have been on it so maybe I am going to fast but definitely experiencing depression and some headaches.
Any advise is greatly appreciated truly.
I can take Tylenol as I am also on Lexapro ( generic) 20mg daily and have been for years. Sorry for so many questions.....my psychiatrist is on vacation. No history of depression, approximately how long can I expect them to last? A week? A month? So i take it your saying it is withdrawal from xanax not adding the Valium. You have been very helpful so far and I want to thank you for that. This is scary and hard for me.
She said to follow the chart but as I said Dr Ashton doesn't have one for withdrawal from 5mg Xanax so I just skipped week one and went to week two (and only did that for 4 days)and now that I look at my chart I messed that up as I forgot to take the 10mg of Valium in the morning and just took the 20mg at night. I see my mistake now. Just reduced the dose of Xanax and forgot to introduce more Valium. I have however been taking it in the morning the last three days. I guess I made a mess of this, will correct it.
Thank you SINCERELY XXXXX XXXXX help! No more questions just a very positive rating. Sorry to have bothered you so much on a weekend.