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    junebeatle
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    Hi,
    I was curious to know if anyone has been able to successfully quit Benzodiazepines usage from a very, severe anxiety/agitation disorder? I’ve been on Valium for 7.5months down to 7.5mg past month after 46 sessions of TMS. My TMS psychiatrist wants me to slowly taper to zero & then come in to fix the mess of withdrawal. Mainly because I have Bradycardia from it & didn’t before. I tried 5mg last night and feel like I’m going to crawl out of my skin & feel like my skin is burning sensation. Successful stories would be helpful?

    #34275

    entenmk
    Participant

    @junebeatle-

    I wish you all the luck with that. Having been on benzodiazepines before, I know the withdrawal can be tough. Diazepam (Valium) fortunately has a very long half life so stepping down should (theoretically) be easier than a shorter acting like Alprazolam (Xanax).

    Make sure you take extra good care of self and practice good self care- I know you can do it – just realize like the TMS- it’s going to have its ups and downs.

    Let me know how it goes ! Kyle

    #34282

    junebeatle
    Participant

    @entenmk, I can’t get below 7.5mg without losing it. My TMS psychiatrist said we can try another round to try to get off since I can’t cessate on my own. It’s hard because my anxiety went to like a whole other level last year with pacing around (like Akathasia, but not medication induced. I also have a movement disorder that I’ve had for 10 years under good control and it became around the clock last year. Part of me wants to accept that I have to be on Valium & the other half is like the memory loss/brain fog is unreal. I’m so fatigued every day from it. How long did you take a Benzodiazepine? I’ve read that don’t take them long-term if you can help it…due to tolerance & other issues.

    Hopefully next round gets me off! I did go from 15mg to 7.5mg…I just don’t know about the movements, TMS excerbated those during, better afterwards.

    #34335

    dwstuhr
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    Since TMS ramped my intrusive thoughts and anxiety up so bad, I have to take benzos regularly. I previously seldom took them. I soooo regret doing TMS. I’ll tell as many people as I can. Beware of TMS.

    #34336

    junebeatle
    Participant

    @dwsthur, I wrote to you on your other post! I’m so sorry for your TMS experience. My life was saved by TMS, so I very much had the opposite experience. I had severe anxiety previously to TMS and was actually able to cut nightly Valium in half. I also had zero thoughts prior to TMS as my depression was so bad I thought I had dementia and my memory improved quite a bit (as much as one can on a daily benzo)
    Have you considered other options to help yourself like Ketamine, Psylocibin trials are helping depression/anxiety, or maybe even keto (plant based & high Omega-3’s) as it’s very brain healing. TMS helps a lot of people and I wish they were able to do it with a PET scan then it would be more individualized to inhibit overactive regions & activate under active areas.

    Again I’m sorry you got worse, do you think if you continued on it might have resolved and were they doing bi-lateral? Also Neurostar? I’ve heard bad things about Brainsway in regards to agitation/anxiety. Good luck on healing

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