I had to write to you because I'm in a state of high anxiety and need to hear from you. You always seem to say just what I need to hear.
I'm anxious because Thursday Dr. Hernz decided if I wanted to I could start lowering my XanaxXR 2mg down one one .5 dose. In case you don't remember, I was taking .5 four times daily - 8am, 1pm, 6pm, and between 10 and 11 at night before bed. We decided the 6pm dose would be the one to start eliminating because that usually is a relaxed time of day for me.
I have been completely off EffexorXr 150mg for 28 days. I started Cymbalta 2 1/2 months ago but 16 days ago he lowered it from 60mg to 40mg because it was making me feel too anxious, dizzy, headachy, etc. I had only been on the 60mg 12 days when he lowered it back to 40. I went in to see him because I was feeling more sedated with each passing day. He was delighted to hear that because it told him I was getting better and better. That's the reason for starting the lowering of the Xanax but he said it was my call. Of course I said yes because I want to get my energy back and rid of the sedation that was not only holding me back from enjoying life but was also making me anxious because I felt so out of control. That is when we got into the conversation about how to lower the dose. Another thing that bothers me is that I've only been on 40mg Cymbalta for less than three weeks. Does the 16 days that I upped the Cymbalta then lowered it take away the effect of being on it for now almost three months? Am I making myself clear? I'm also scared that Hernz is
lowering the doses too quickly. He lowered the Effexor every 12 days and I had some bad side effects to deal with. I don't want to go through that again. He also told me Thursday that getting off Effexor is like getting off cocaine. I was successful but don't want to go there again.
There is another way I could use to wean down that would take a month for each .5 dose but again, I don't trust my own thinking right now. Here is the way I think I would be more comfortable with: (remember we're talking about 4 doses a day)
Week 1: Starting tonight - 4 doses. Sunday - 3 doses Monday - 4. Tuesday 3. Wednesday 4. Thursday - 3. Friday - 4.
Week 2: Saturday and Sunday - 3. Monday - 4. Tues & Wed. - 3. Thursday - 4. Friday - 3
Week 3: Sat. 3 - Sun. 4 Mon & Tues 3. Wed. 4. - Thurs & Fri 3. (actually repeating 2nd week doses)
Week 4: Saturday - 4. Sunday 3. Monday 3. Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4 - Thurs., Friday and from then on stay on the 3 doses daily every day, dropping the 4th dose completely.
That would take one month to wean off from 4 Xanax daily down to 3 Xanax daily. Much slower but less chance for bothersome side effects or so it would seem. Do you know if Xanax is as potent as Effexor or do I really want to know?
Please help me, Kate. I trust your way of thinking....
How does this sound to you? And do you know why I'm having these feelings of anxiety when I have so much meds that make me feel sedated most of the time? I just can't help myself right now to make any sense of anything. What is wrong with me tonight?