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When after benzo is it safe to taper AD?


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I am about 3 months post benzo, and I added Remeron at the end of my taper due to bad anxiety and burning in my spine. The Remeron really helped with those two symptoms (not so much others), but I have gained a lot of weight. At some point in the future, I'd like to taper off of the Remeron.

 

The Remeron helps with sleep, but it also makes me eat a ton! I tried to taper off of it at 6 weeks post benzo, and I went through horrible benzo anxiety-- same as before I started it--, so I went back up on it and stabilized.

 

I know Beeper tapered off an AD post-benzo, I think. Anyone else? How long did you wait? I'm a little scared to start too soon again!

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I was told to wait at least 6 mos. taper to taper off of a antidepressant so as not to shock the body and mind any more.  I did wait 6 mos. to taper off of welbutrin and did have some difficulties but it was not too bad. 

 

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Some people seem to come off their AD very easily, while others like myself can have a very difficult time.  From what I can tell, those who have a hard time are in the minority.  I have been titrating lexapro for several months to reduce withdrawals, and its going fairly well.  One idea might be for you to make a relatively small cut and hold for a while to see how you handle it.  Then you can decide how you want to move on.  Also, Ginia's remark about waiting 6 months is considered by many to be wise.

 

best,

 

Draftsman

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Hi, ask2266.

 

I actually did not taper off an A/D after quitting benzos but I did taper off Seroquel (and Ambien).  I believe I waited a good 3 months before tapering off the Seroquel and I was already on a pretty low dose (25mg).  I tried a couple of times before I was successful so don't give up.  :thumbsup:

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I c/t Remeron and Lithium before starting my taper.

I didn't have any withdrawals from the c/t of Remeron & Lithium. (I'm not suggesting a c/t at all!)

Was on it for a long while.

 

I would wait until I felt settled enough to start tapering the AD after coming off the benzo.

I'm on an AP and I will probably wait 3-6 months after my last dose of Valium, as I project.

 

Honestly, no one can really answer this 'cause we all vary, but I say listen to your body.

 

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