How to Slowly Get Off of Anxiety Meds?

Posted on: Tue, 09/17/2019 - 3:10pm
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I have been taking Lorazepam, 1mg per day, every day for the past year. I have been wanting to slowly get off of it as I do not want to be on this drug for the long term. I am trying to decide which direction to go in. Meaning, how do I take less and less every day. My doctor told me to go to 0.5mg / day and see how that goes. I am about to get started on that next week and I wanted to see if anyone has gone through something similar.

Posted on: Wed, 09/18/2019 - 9:24am
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Joined: 08/09/2019 - 09:13

desmond, i haven't totally weaned myself off of my meds but i want to do the same. i hate being on meds, it doesn't make me feel good. i try to be so healthy and natural and this is the only thing that doesn't make me feel good. but i'm scared, i'm scared that if i go off of meds completely then my anxiety will be out of control. sometimes i feel like i am totally trapped and can't breathe bc of my anxiety.

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 12:45pm
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Hi Desmond, I have talked to my psychiatrist about this before but not lately because my anxiety has been bad again on and off. I want to wait until I am in a less stressful place in my life and able to come up with really good coping mechanisms in order to subside anxiety naturally. I am getting close to that stage but I am not there yet. All of that being said, he told me that there is a weening off protocol and he told me that I have to be very careful because otherwise the anxiety could be a lot worse and really intense. I am sure that it differs from medication to medication. I would get on a timeline that you doctor recommends because also every person is so different so they may react differently.

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