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Hello, I am currently taking 112.5 Effexor XR. I thought I'd get the bright idea to go off medications altogether, so with the advice of my Pdoc, we started to reduce my meds. Bad choice. 2 days and I started withdrawling bad. I HATED it. So I went back on them for the time being. However, everytime I make a change to any meds, I seem to have anxiety for a few weeks. Horrible butterflies in the stomach, tightness in my chest, difficulty breathing, nervousness, any sound makes me jump, shakiness, pacing, etc. It's horrible. My old dr. gave me .50 of Xanax and it was too much. So he gave me .25. That worked great last time this happened. So I ran out of the .25 and my dr said to cut the 50's in half. Well, I must such at cutting cause I'd crumble some of it. Needless to say the .25's didn't work. I don't know if they are just not working now or if it's the way I cut them.

He had also prescribed Klonopin, didn't like that, knocked me out. So obviously, I'm sensitive toward medications. I can't take anything to make me tired, as I'm a SAHM to 2 kids.

I know everyone responds differently, but do you have any suggestions on a different medication? How strong is Valium? I'm not real familiar with alot of meds, so any help is great.

Renee, :wave:
Hi, how are you today, or should I say tonight. I am on 0.5 mg. Xanax for anxiety and depression. I take 3 a day. I’m also taking 900mg. of Neurontin a day. The 2 combined gave me a lo-o-o-w, slo-o-o-w feeling and at times a little dizzy. I started taking Ginkgo Baloba, 240mg. a day and now When I take them all at one time I get a boost type of feeling. I didn’t tell my doctor because I’m doing better than I was . I also start the day (usually around 5:30 AM.) with 600 mg. Ibuprophen (Advil)

I don’t know too much about Valium. I was on 2 different types of Codeines. They both made me very sick. Very~~~~~~sick.
Valium is also known as Diazepam. I tried it for 3 days and couldn’t hack it either. It’s used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures. Neurontin does this too, but I take it for my pain. I have RSDS of the left foot which spreads over to my right foot. Back in Feb. an 800 lb. pipe crushed my foot.
Valium is also used to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawals. The problem I had with Valium was dizziness, upset stomach and sometimes diarrhea. No Fun...
Hope I was of some help to you.

Bob A.

[This message has been edited by Bob A (edited 09-17-2003).]
to renee,
klonapin and xanax are the same type,that is benzos any new benzo can sedate you strongly until you get used to it, if so the dose should be reduced for a while

all benzos will help you to get off effexor and the other antidepressants
its difficult to compare benzo doses but 5 mg valium would about equal .5 xanax