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Great book on benzodiazapine dependancy and withdrawal for both patients and doctors
on August 2, 2012
I've been suffering from Benzodiazapine dependancy for over a year now. I had one episode of acute anxiety and was prescribed Ativan by my primary physician. Not knowing much about benzodiazapines, I did not question the prescripition or the dosage. I took the medication everytime I thought I was feeling anxiety. Unfortunately, I was not informed by my PCP that the drug could have negative consequences the longer I took it. Instead, he kept prescribing it. I went from taking 2mg a day to 4mg a day because I kept experiencing chest pain, nervousness, agitation, numbness, palpitations, and other symtoms. I thought there was something wrong with me, until I did a little research on Ativan and discovered that it can cause dependancy, which in turn causes significant withdrawal when not dosing. My doctor felt I could taper off myself. He was wrong. He switched me to Xanax, but did not give me an equivalent dose. I ended up in the emergency room. Had to go back on Ativan. He then told me to see a psychiatrist. The psychietrist prescribed another benzodiazapine medication to take on top of the Ativan. Although I felt better, he offered no help on getting off the drugs. I, therefore, stopped seeing him. Fortunately, I found Dr. Shipko's book on Xanax withdrawal. Although my problem was not with Xanax, I was taking a similar a class of drugs, and therefore, found his book very helpful. It made me feel that I was not alone, and that the problem with benzodiazapine dependancy was widespread and not properly addressed. His book not only offers a comprehensive view of Xanax, including what it is, why its prescribed, and the unfortunate effects of dependancy and withdrawal, but also how to properly taper off the drug (always under supervision). I've been tapering slowly, under supervision, using his methods and am feeling better and better as time goes by. I highly recommencd Dr. Shipiko's book not only for those suffering from depenancy, but to those physicians that prescribe Xanax (and benzodiazpines in general)so that they can gain some insight on whether it is appropriate to prescribe benzodiazapines without knowing that they can be more of a problem than a solution for a patient.