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Drugs Withdrawal Information And Support Forums

The information here may help those members who are suffering because of withdrawal of antidepressants or SSRIs. You could try posting on sites/groups that deal specifically with withdrawals?

Here are some I am aware of

1) http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums

Although it says “Paxil” it actually deals with many meds (antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc)

This may interest you – British National Formula for diazepam tapering

http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=48654&highlight=Diazepam

2) http://theroadback.org/

Note the info here on this page http://www.theroadback.org/science.htm particularly on the effect of these meds on the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA)

An excerpt

“Psychoactive medications will play havoc with the HPA. While they usually help with anxiety /depression for a certain time period, the feedback loop sending incorrect data will eventually cause cortisol levels to increase, and the result will be increased anxiety in the morning and mid-afternoon. Insomnia will usually follow the cortisol level increase. Other psychoactive medications have their own unique side effect profile and ultimate effect upon the HPA.

When the HPA is out of balance, you will have a problem with insulin, stress, anxiety, weight gain, thyroid problems, fatigue, unbalanced sexual hormones, and countless other body difficulties.

The hormone, ACTH, will eventually become out of balance, as will the other hormones and adrenals.

Psychoactive medication will directly alter specific areas within the HPA. Examine any patient using psychoactive medication for more than three months and you will probably find a problem with hormones, thyroid, adrenals, cortisol, and immune system or other areas within the HPA.

The pituitary side effects will include one or all six hormones, to include ACTH and the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).

The hypothalamus can alter blood pressure, control every endocrine gland in the body, body temperature, adrenal levels via ACTH, and metabolism.”

3) http://www.benzo.org.uk/

BENZODIAZEPINES: HOW THEY WORK AND HOW TO WITHDRAW (aka The Ashton Manual)

Also checkout their Support & Links pages eg.

http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Benzofriends/ (You must be a member to view the group.)

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