Question to you all - as fellow sufferers as mental illness. [POLL] too

If you were given the option of tapering down and ultimately quitting a anxiety med would you risk it?

I should qualify this question with a couple of notes of interest - firstly it would be directed by your doctor and would be done over a 6 month period.

The med itself is pregabalin (lyrica) but I think this question would also apply to gabapentin or benzodiazepines.

I have been on this med for 4 years with good results. It made me put on a load of weight though

I was just saying earlier how good I felt the day after my depot. Haven’t felt this good in years.

So again the question - would you risk coming off the anxiolytic?

  • Yes
  • No

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Didn’t you try that before? Anxiety is a big issue for you if I remember.


Yes, I would stop taking anti anxiety meds all together.

U literally can’t breathe during withdrawal, and it starts, like, after missing one dose.

But ultimately its your decision @anon94176359


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I went off 0.5mg/day of clonazapem before, I was on it for these awful headaches I had, had to taper slowly, over a period of about 4 months, but still had 3 weeks of withdrawals, but they were tolerable. That was a year and a half ago.

I am now back on 3 times as much, 1.5mg for sleep. If I can ever start sleeping naturally again I will have to go through the withdrawal process again, but it’ll probably be worse cause I am on a higher dose.

I use to take 1mg lorazepam PRN for anxiety years ago, but anxiety isn’t a real problem for me anymore, thankfully. It’s possible your anxiety has faded over the years and you don’t need an anxiolytic anymore.

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I’ve gained weight on olanzapine, but I would rather have a tummy and have my symptoms managed, than be slender and symptomatic. Just my 2 cents

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I have tried it before yeah. Unsuccessfully of course.

And yeah I get real, real bad anxiety at times

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