Cold turkey on psych meds?! Oh my God. That happened to me once while I was in the psych hospital, and they just decided to drop all of my previous meds and start new ones. From Effexor XR 300 mg to ZERO in one day, from Klonopin 5 mg per day to 0.5 mg. The third day I thought I’m dying. It was not horrible. It was disastrous! I begged them to help me ( I had tremors, I couldn’t walk, talk), then I started to lose balance, and finally collapsed in the bed, vomiting. I literally escaped from the hospital, because no one wanted to hear me out ( I mean the psych doctors),, telling me that I’m making drama. Once I got home, I took Effexor. In about 24 hours I felt reborn. That’s my digression on the cold turkey. Save me from suffering, just blow me in the head instead!
Why not withdraw rapidly or ‘cold turkey’?
REST Project, MIND in Camden
video from CEP
The most important thing to understand about withdrawing psych meds cold-turkey is that it’s potentially quite dangerous. This includes every class of psychiatric drug, too. To be clear: just because you’ve heard of someone that managed to do it without harming themselves (or you are the one who did it successfully) doesn’t mean it’s a generally safe thing for others to do. The risk involved if things go wrong are potentially radically life-changing in the extreme negative so it’s simply not a risk worth taking unless one is faced with an immediate life-threatening side-effect from the drugs. That is the only time…
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