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Howard
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Dear Mise,
Let me first tell you it is very difficult to hold on to a highly stressful job and taper from Benzo ,particularly when you are hypertensive.But,having said that I would also stress that it can be done as I HAVE DONE IT MYSELF.
When I was detected as having B.P,I was prescribed B.P medication along with 1mg Ativan at night .I was on it for long years.When I was desperate to give it up as I was having tolerance withdrawal,I came across Ray's forum and came to know about Ashton schedule etc. Even then,I had terrible time giving up the small dose I was on(1mg Ativan =10mg Valium).
Your friend has done well coming down to 12.5 mg in four months. What I should like to advise is that he should go very slowly but reduce at a constant pace.Otherwise,he will have tolerance withdrawl problem. XXXX's method of measuring scale is excellent as you can reduce very miniscule mgs,by measuring in the scale.
B.P medication,particularly Beta Blocker,produces side effects,but at the same time Beta Blockers are good because they reduce the heart beats,which also helps during tapering as heart beats tend to go up during taper.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is ENCOURAGEMENT,DETERMINATION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE.You and I know how difficult it is to taper,you have to virtually go through hell .It is even more difficult when you have B.P and a stressful job !But,as I have done it,it can be done!
I have found if you are in a Forum of like minded people ,who are tapering or have tapered,it helps tremendously.You get constant encouragement of friends ,which is very necessary.


Howard
This man does not recommend the benzo forum of which we have recently spoken!!
[QUOTE=mise ata ann]Howard
Nothing very specific - but the contribution from one man:


Dear Mise,
Let me first tell you it is very difficult to hold on to a highly stressful job and taper from Benzo ,particularly when you are hypertensive.But,having said that I would also stress that it can be done as I HAVE DONE IT MYSELF.
When I was detected as having B.P,I was prescribed B.P medication along with 1mg Ativan at night .I was on it for long years.When I was desperate to give it up as I was having tolerance withdrawal,I came across Ray's forum and came to know about Ashton schedule etc. Even then,I had terrible time giving up the small dose I was on(1mg Ativan =10mg Valium).
Your friend has done well coming down to 12.5 mg in four months. What I should like to advise is that he should go very slowly but reduce at a constant pace.Otherwise,he will have tolerance withdrawl problem. XXXX's method of measuring scale is excellent as you can reduce very miniscule mgs,by measuring in the scale.
B.P medication,particularly Beta Blocker,produces side effects,but at the same time Beta Blockers are good because they reduce the heart beats,which also helps during tapering as heart beats tend to go up during taper.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is ENCOURAGEMENT,DETERMINATION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE.You and I know how difficult it is to taper,you have to virtually go through hell .It is even more difficult when you have B.P and a stressful job !But,as I have done it,it can be done!
I have found if you are in a Forum of like minded people ,who are tapering or have tapered,it helps tremendously.You get constant encouragement of friends ,which is very necessary.


Howard
This man does not recommend the benzo forum of which we have recently spoken!![/QUOTE]

Thank you very much Mise. This all sounds reasonable and encouraging. :)





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