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How do you wean off of Ambien (zolpidem) after being on it for 3 years. Want to get off so we can plan for another baby. ?

How do you wean off of Ambien (zolpidem) after being on it for 3 years. Want to get off so we can plan for another baby. ?

Talk to you doctor: You should talk with your doctor about weaning a chronic medication like this, including other meds like antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds. Suddenly stopping these medications can cause serious side effects and make you feel much worse. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Weaning myself from predezone. Started at 15 mg now down to 8 mg. is it possible to get off of predezone and be cured from inflamation?

Weaning myself from predezone.  Started at 15 mg now down to 8 mg. is it possible to get off of predezone and be cured from inflamation?

It depends: As in it depends on the cause of the inflammation. Some forms of inflammation are temporary like that related to infections and some forms like from autoimmune diseases are quite chronic and in more severe cases require long-term, if not life long, steroid therapy - just be aware that is rare! ...Read more

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I have just weaned off xanex. My pain in my back is extreme again and have anxiety. Did the drugs hide the pain? Should i get back on them.

I have just weaned off xanex. My pain in my back is extreme again and have anxiety. Did the drugs hide the pain? Should i get back on them.

Complex question: Anxiety and pain can feed one another. Xanax (alprazolam) can break the cycle. Stopping xanax (alprazolam) can uncover the cycle and restart it. If you tapered xanax (alprazolam) too quickly, there can be withdrawal, which would feel like anxiety/spasm and possibly pain. There are many ways to deal with back pain besides medications: massage, exercise, meditation, yoga. Try to find a good physiatrist, physical therapist, etc. ...Read more

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Can I please get instructions on how to wean off of Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 mg to Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30 mg then to NO Cymbalta (duloxetine)??

Can I please get instructions on how to wean off of Cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 mg to Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30 mg then to NO Cymbalta (duloxetine)??

Talk to your doctor : In general it is best to discuss medication changes with your doctor. Some patients experience withdrawal when stopping Cymbalta (duloxetine). These symptoms are flu-like. It is best to take it slow and taper the dose down over the course of a month. A few people require longer than a month. If another antidepressant is introduced, then the time required for weaning may be reduced. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can't get a Xanax (alprazolam) refill. In a month I went from 2mg to 1 mg a day. Have 15 pills left. Suggestion to wean of in time? Been on for 3 years.

Can't get a Xanax (alprazolam) refill. In a month I went from 2mg to 1 mg a day. Have 15 pills left. Suggestion to wean of in time? 
Been on for 3 years.

Check with your doc: Depending on how your weaning is going and how your body is currently reacting to the decrement from 2 to 1 your doctor may want you to be wean even further from 1 to 0 by going down in 0.25 or 0.50 mg. increments. Also, so you're aware- we aren't able to prescribe benzos for patients through this platform. Questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make an appointment. ...Read more

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How long does it get to wean off Zispin.I am on 30mg for 3 years. Many Thanks?

How long does it get to wean off Zispin.I am on 30mg for 3 years. Many Thanks?

Long half life: Zispin, or mirtazapine in the US, has a relatively long half life. And there is a warning about suddenly discontinuing it because it leads to rebound phenomenon and worsening symptoms. Talk to your doctor/psychiatrist (whoever originally prescribed Zispin) about how to taper this medication. Or, use HealthTap Prime & establish care with a doc. The taper may involve "hitches" of temporary incr dose ...Read more

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I recently stopped respiradone and was weaned off my concerns is when i try to get off of .5 mg of benzatrophine it feel like my mind is goin crazy?

I recently stopped respiradone and was weaned off my concerns is when i try to get off of .5 mg of benzatrophine it feel like my mind is goin crazy?

CBT: The addiction history, along with physical and mental health concerns, can impact the speed of the tapering and achieve sobriety. However it is not always an easy task. The formal detox program and access to medical professionals who can adjust doses on the spot, and provide cognitive behavioral therapy may reduce discomfort almost immediately. ...Read more

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How long should someone take buspar (buspirone)? Do you need to get weaned off of it?Does abrupt discontinuation cause problems?

How long should someone take buspar (buspirone)? Do you need to get weaned off of it?Does abrupt discontinuation cause problems?

Talk to your doctor!: Talk to your doctor! the basic answer is that you should take Buspar (buspirone) as long as directed by your doctor. Do not stop it on your own. You will need to get instructions on how to stop taking it. Originally Buspar (buspirone) was not thought to cause problems when it was taken for a short time. Sometimes it is used for long periods of time, in those cases many physicians will wean off slowly. Ask your physician. ...Read more

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Wean off 1mg clonapin to get pregn? Tried cutting down, im having emotional issues with it. Usually .5 as needed but last 2wks needed everyday 1mg!

Wean off 1mg clonapin to get pregn? Tried cutting down, im having emotional issues with it. Usually .5 as needed but last 2wks needed everyday 1mg!

Clonapin: Clonapin is not known to cause fetal malformations. Although ideally one wouldn't take any medication during pregnancy, its not always practical. If you are having emotional problems, you should be on medication. The dose needs to be titrated to your symptoms. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Been on klonopin 3mg for 5 years for severe GAD tried alot this is the only drug that gives mr my life back but i want to wean off to see if i can get through this without the klonopin how should i do this ive read all kind of horror stories ?

Been on klonopin 3mg for 5 years for severe GAD tried alot this is the only drug that gives mr my life back but i want to wean off to see if i can get through this without the klonopin how should i do this ive read all kind of horror stories ?

Slowly w med superv.: Obviously your medication treatment and withdrawal should be under close psychiatric supervision. When Klonopin is being tapered it usually needs to be done very slowly. It is also possible that your doctor may want to consider putting you in an SSRI which can be very helpful for anxiety as well as depression Psychotherapy will also most likely be very helpful. ...Read more

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My baby is 5 months, and i've decided to start weaning and switch to formula. How many ounces should she get and how often?

My baby is 5 months, and i've decided to start weaning and switch to formula. How many ounces should she get and how often?

It varies a lot: A very general guideline is about 3 oz. Per pound per day. This is very general. Some need more, some need less. ...Read more

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Trying to stop tramadol but don't have enough to wean and can't get to doc, I am terrified because i've been there before, any advice?

Trying to stop tramadol but don't have enough to wean and can't get to doc, I am terrified because i've been there before, any advice?

Tramadol: If you have the ir and not the er, then you should be able to cut the pill in half and take that, also another way is to decrease the frequency of use during the day. This will clearly give you extra time - time enough to get to see the md. ...Read more

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Im Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg qd. I would like to know what is the best way to wean off of it to get the least or no side effects/ withdrawals?

Im Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg qd. I would like to know what is the best way to wean  off of it to get the least or no side effects/ withdrawals?

Lexapro (escitalopram): most people who are on Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg can either go to 1/2 tablet a day for a week or two and stop or just stop. 10mg is average starting dose. ...Read more

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Can you get off that filthy drug Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning off.Doctors should stop prescribing such rubbish.Nothing but side effects?

Can you get off that filthy drug Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning off.Doctors should stop prescribing such rubbish.Nothing but side effects?

Typically, yes: While most people are able to stop Lexapro (escitalopram) without any withdrawal symptoms, I am concerned by your reports of side effects to what is typically a very well tolerated medication. I would recommend speaking with your prescribing physician to discuss a strategy to taper your dose and consider alternative treatments, be they pharmacological or otherwise. ...Read more

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I have been on Zoloft for over a year, but have been wanting to get off. Missed three doses over MLK by accident. What is the best way to wean off now

I have been on Zoloft for over a year, but have been wanting to get off. Missed three doses over MLK by accident. What is the best way to wean off now

Did you have trouble: withdrawing from the Zoloft during the three days? Any symptoms? Other SSRI's are notorious for creating havoc by too quickly quitting (Paxil, Effexor and now Cymbalta). Zoloft and Prosac are not usually in this category, so you may be lucky. Consult with your prescribing MD, but generally withdrawal is better if you reduce the dose by a third, one week at a time. ...Read more

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Can a person get addicted to marijuana as they can to alcohol? Which is worse? Isn't alcohol hard to wean off of? Which is a "healthier" vice?

Can a person get addicted to marijuana as they can to  alcohol?  Which is worse?  Isn't alcohol hard to wean off of? Which is a "healthier" vice?

Thc vs alcohol: Yes both alcohol and marijuana are addictive. Often people with underlying conditions such as social phobia, generalized anxiety disorders and panic disorders use alcohol and or marijuana to self treat. Long term use of marijuana has been associated with development of psychosis (paranoia) and frontal lobe syndrome (apathy). Neither are good vices as it reaches addiction consumption. ...Read more

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