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I took my last dose of benzo less than a week ago.  it was .01 mg.  the last mg was a night mare and literally had to cut .01 mg every 7 days for several months.  I tried faster on that last mg of valium but I could really feel it and Im generally a touch guy with other things.  So now I have to come off depakote and which I was put on while cutting too fast.  So when and how to I cut my depakote?


Thats where I am now.

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Welcome to the forum!  We're glad to have you as a new member. Congratulations on getting off benzos.  You might want to wait awhile before you come off your other medication, since you're in acute withdrawal now.  Acute withdrawal is the first month or two off.


You'll find plenty of information and support here.  Our members have gone through all aspects of withdrawal, and you're likely to see  people who understand what you're going through and can tell you what has worked for them.  For those who are currently tapering, we suggest reducing no faster than 5-10% every 10-14 days, and some taper even slower than that.  One exception: very short-term users of a few weeks or less may be able to taper faster than that.  Having some withdrawal symptoms is normal, especially near the end of a taper and for a month or so after discontinuing the medication.  The most common symptoms are anxiety and insomnia, but these are temporary and will go away in time.


Here are a few links you may find useful:


Post Withdrawal Support Board


The Ashton Manual is an authoritative source on what to expect in withdrawal and recovery.  Dr. Ashton is an expert in the field.  She describes and explains withdrawal symptoms in Chapter III, and there is also a section with withdrawal/taper schedules.


Please take the time to Create a Signature.  This will allow others to see where you are in the process so they can better support you.


Again, welcome!





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