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What would you call this dependency?

I cannot go more than 48 hours without Requip and Cogentin or else the dystonia and akathisia sets in.

I wouldn’t call it a dependency. I’d call it a necessity. If you’re having dystonic reactions, you NEED those meds. The only alternative is to either drastically lower your dose or change meds completely. And both of those come with risks of triggering your symptoms.

I was on a very high dose of Clozaril for several years. I HAD to take Cogentin or else I had severe lock jaw. I could try to skip a day here or there, but as long as I was taking Clozaril, I needed the Cogentin. It was a necessary evil.

Try not to think of it as “dependency.” Its more of a necessity.

Blessings,

Anthony

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