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I truly want to get off of xanax which i have been on since 1996. I take 3.5 mg a day: 0.5 mg 3 x day and 2 mg at night. When i approached my doctor 2 weeks ago, he prescribed klonopin 0.5 mg. I gathered lots of information on Klonopin and decided not to taper with it, mostly due to the withdrawal symptoms.

I went to see my psychiatrist today to see if he would prescribe valium so i could follow the crossover and taper schedule as specified in the Ashton Manual.

He didn't want to do it. That was clear. It helped that i had the taper schedule and the benzo equivilency chart. He was not impressed with Dr. Ashton's CV, stating bluntly that she was not an MD and later referred to her as a pharmacist. I also gave him an article titled Klonopin vs. Valium. (He had wanted me to taper off of xanax with Klonopin). and an article titled "Why Valium". I even wore a suitdress and heels instead of my usual jeans. He said he would do it but thought the valium mgs were too high but eventually gave in.

I am pretty excited about being able to use this method of tapering. It will take at least 6 months, maybe more. I will keep you posted on this thread about how it goes and my withdrawal symptoms.

Donna





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