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  2. Pamela Parker

    - Struggling with Cocaine/Alchol Addiction

    Сосаіnе іs а strong Central Nervous System stіmulаnt mоstlу usеd аs а rесrеаtіоnаl drug. When taken in high amounts, there is a great risk of experiencing overdose reactions. Cognitive behavioral therapists teach patients to recognize harmful thoughts about themselves (as you feel anxiety). End your dependence upon cocaine, and resume your pursuit of a happier and healthier life.
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  4. empyr3al

    Checking In June 2019

    I miss this community.
  5. Pamela Parker

    Baclofen for benzo withdrawal

    One of my friend addicted with alcohol and BZD dependence and substance-induced depressive disorder (ICD-10) was taking 80 mg per day of diazepam. Diazepam was tapered and stopped over 4 weeks. Baclofen was started at 20 mg/day and was increased to 40 mg/day over 1 week. She was also treated with Mirtazapine 20 mg/day for Benzo depression. She reported significant reduction in craving and withdrawal symptoms over the next 3 weeks. Her depression remitted within 2 month after starting treatment and she continues to remain abstinent from benzo for almost a year. All patients tolerated baclofen well and did not report any side effects on clinical evaluation. Do you taking the baclofen by yourself or prescribed by your doctor?
  6. Pamela Parker

    Complete Freedom from Alcohol Thanks to Baclofen

    Recovering from any kind of addiction takes time but fortunately you did it. Addiction is the dependence of a drug in excess. Everyone has a potential for developing addictions, and it starts when they take fun as a habit because these habits result in addiction. Many addicts that come to rehab centers have family backgrounds where there is no one with drinking problems which means the habit can’t be inherited. Anyone can develop the addiction, and it has to be treated. Medically, “addiction” itself is a one-word definition, which refers to a state of mind of a human, which wants something for a normal 'day-to-day' functioning, and without which the mind is restless and remains to be so, till the particular substance is administered into the system.
  7. falconwood

    Reducing baclofen dosage

    Hi Pamela, I find your post incorrect. Why do you state that the max dosage of Baclofen totals 80 mg/day? Please stick to official publications, such as: https://baclofentreatment.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/A_prescription_guide_for_baclofen_in_Alcohol_Use_Disorder-For_use_by_physicians_and_patients.pdf I myself am on 150 mg/day (and successfully reached abstinence and my state of complete indifference from alcohol). Side effects occur during titration. Whenever you increase, you may encounter side effects. When they get too heavy, simply go back to your previous dosage and wait a week or two before increasing again. Always increase gently, no more than 10mg per three days. It may even work better for you to increase with only 5mg and wait three days before you increase again. The motto is: increase slowly, decrease slowly. I personally do not need my doctor to increase or decrease my dosage. I simply read the official documentation and listen to my body, like most people do. Kind regards, Wouter.
  8. Pamela Parker

    Reducing baclofen dosage

    Maximum dosage of baclofen - A total of 80 mg per day taken in four divided doses of 20 mg each. You are almost near to the maximum doses and thus you suffer from the side effects of this med. You need to lower the doses gradually but after consulting with your doctor. Are you be able to consult with your doctor over phone? Don't decrease the doses frequently.
  9. falconwood

    Reducing baclofen dosage

    Sorry to read about your trouble. Are you taking baclofen 3 times a day, with 4-6 hour intervals? My French doctor told me that the sole purpose of the first 2 doses, is to minimise side effects. It is the last dosis that counts. My craving typically starts around 1700, hence my last most important dose is at 16:00. Counting backwards, the initial 2 doses are at 12:00 and 08:00 Also, when at 70mg you want to do 20, 20, 30. You don't want to take 10, 10, 50.
  10. Felina

    Reducing baclofen dosage

    Hi @stillhoping, I'm sorry that baclofen isn't working for you. Please read @terryk's thread about safely tapering down: As a general rule, reducing by 10 mgs/week is the best idea to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  11. stillhoping

    Reducing baclofen dosage

    Hi everyone, how quickly can you reduce the baclofen dosage? I’ve been on it for about 2 months, increased it over time to 70 mg but am experiencing severe side effects - vomiting, nausea, depression, numbness in my toes and just really feel like shit. I have reduced it to 50 mg for the last 2 days but still feel awful. I know you can’t reduce it too quickly but my doctor is away for another month and the doctors in my home province don’t have a clue about any of this stuff. Help!
  12. Alexendra

    Complete Freedom from Alcohol Thanks to Baclofen

    Thanks to share your story !!!! Hope everyone in this community will become aware of the side effects of addiction from your story.
  13. Alexendra

    Charliedog

    Aww such a pretty dog . She looks very innocent . I love animals, especially dogs & cats are my favorite ones.
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    Jokes

    Lol what a JOKE! hahahahahaha. Thanks. It's really amazing
  15. Alexendra

    How Did you Get Here

    I am quite interested to participate in forums where I get some social issues discussed. These days I found addiction is very common topics and evil of our society as well which ruins our youth at a fast pace. So I decided to become a part of this community .. Thanks admin to making me a part of your community.👍
  16. falconwood

    Baclofen dosage question

    Hi from Holland (Europe 😉 & my apologies for my poor language skills. My doctor from Paris, France (I don't feel comfortable publishing his name, sorry) is a famous psychiatrist, researcher and author of many publications. Was a personal friend of Olivier Ameisen (I visited the grave of my hero, in Paris last month). Here's what my doctor explained to me: The only dose that counts is the last one you take. All others have the sole purpose of minimising side effects. This last dose, should be taken one hour before you typically start craving for alcohol. Important: if you start craving at 17 each workday, but at 16 during weekends, you take 16:00 as the basis, meaning you want to have your latest dose at 15:00, every day. Baclofen reaches max plasma level in about 60 minutes after oral intake. Half time is 4-6 hours. So if possible, put 4-5 hours in between two doses. So with your 'craving time', count backwards to spread the 3 doses accordingly. Set your alarms and stick to them. If I miss one and take 2 doses too close to each other, the Baclofen can hit me hard. So whenever I miss my alarm, I change my entire schedule for that day. Titration is important. So is tapering to prevent Baclofen Withrawal Syndrome. Given 3 doses per day, you start with 0 0 10. After 3 days, 0 10 10 and next, 10 10 10. Increase towards 10 10 20, and so forth. If side effects get too nasty, revert back to your previous schema. If this doesn't help, reduce slowly. Wait a bit longer before you increase again. I myself have very easy side effects (mood, sleep, tinnitus, unable to drive & work, apathy), so I went back from 100 to 60mg DD for more than a month. I use Friday's to increase my dose, Mondays to correct if necessary. Also, I have decided to go for 4 intake moments: 9, 13, 17, 22. Makes my nights wonderful (I now sleep 8 hrs non-stop where I did 4-6 for years). My drinking is about 1/5 of what it used to be; still my target is complete abstinence. Honestly I can't tell how to dose when you are an all day drinker. My guess would be to have 4 intake moments across the entire day, with your most important dose being the one when you wake up. Hope this helps you and others. I don't follow this forum, but you can reach me via email at fnwd222@yahoo.com.
  17. stillhoping

    Baclofen dosage question

    Thanks very much for your help. Yes, my tolerance for baclofen has been good so will try the 3 times a dsy routine. I get the desperation thing to try and fix it right away but am willing to let the process take its course. Thx again for the knowledge
  18. Felina

    Baclofen dosage question

    Hi @stillhoping! If you're tolerating the baclofen pretty well so far, taking it three times a day is pretty standard. Since baclofen has a short half-life, you will want to space the doses out as evenly as possible, i.e. 6 a.m., 2 p.m, and 10 p.m. Some people divide the doses up further if they're suffering from strong side effects. Your titration schedule is conservative, which is a good thing. A lot of people are so desperate for relief that they go up in dosage too fast and then get slammed by the SEs (which often catch up with people several days after a hefty inrease). I'd say keep doing what you're doing, and stick with the slow, steady titration.
  19. stillhoping

    Baclofen dosage question

    Hi everybody! Have a question about whem to take my baclofen. I just started on it about a month ago and have been increasing my dosage by 5 mg every 5 days, but was splitting it up into taking it about every 3-4 hours. i will be iincreasing it to 60 mg tomorrow - should I be taking 2 10mg pills 3 times a day or splitting the dosage throughout the day? Would appreciate any feedback
  20. stillhoping

    Newbie Intro

    Thanks very much
  21. Felina

    Newbie Intro

    Hi @stillhoping! So glad to hear you found a doctor who was willing to treat you, and even better that she did so without judgment. It is unfortunately rare to find doctors who even know about baclofen, let alone find one who is willing to prescribe. I can also attest that baclofen saved my life. I have been on it for nine years now, and will probably be on it for the rest of my life. Please read these success stories from people who found indifference to alcohol after taking baclofen (it's an older post but very inspirational): https://www.mywayout.org/community/medication-research-and-support/43945-sweet-success-baclofen.html. I was just reading this thread earlier today, before I read your post. Please keep us posted on your progress!
  22. stillhoping

    Newbie Intro

    Thank you so much for the reply, really appreciate
  23. Mom2JTx3

    Newbie Intro

    Hi @stillhoping and welcome! Congratulations on finding a doc and Baclofen. Baclofen saved my life. I had tried everything without success before Bac. Good luck!
  24. stillhoping

    Newbie Intro

    Hi everyone, I was very happy to find this site, a wonderful doctor, and information about baclofen. I have tried rehab, detox, AA, coucelors and psychologists and nothing has helped. For the first time. I spoke with a very knowledgeable doctor that treated me with no judgement, no biases and no prejudice. Unfortunately, I do have to go out of province to receive this treatment and it is a considerable fee, but I haven't given up yet. I am a 55 year old female, was successful in school and in most of my career, until the last few years when my drinking kept me from being able to hold down a job on a regular basis. When I spoke with my doctor through a telemedicine app on my iphone, I was at a point of desperation and a lot of suicidal thoughts. I told her that I was giving myself a year, and if I couldn't find something that worked, either alcohol would kill me or I would kill myself. She said "why would you only give yourself a year - you deserve to give yourself as long as it takes". Well, I liked her right from there. I'm looking forward to meeting other people here and wish everyone the best.
  25. guardian

    Checking In June 2019

    Hi Otter. I'm also surprised at how little traffic comes through here as well as the old meds forum. I suppose part of that is my fault as I've had experiences that were probably worth sharing since getting under control with baclofen and could very well serve to help others.
  26. Otter

    Baclofen for benzo withdrawal

    I got hooked on Benzodiazapine. It took a long time to come off it, long before I took any baclofen but I felt lousy for years after I stopped taking it. I then took baclofen starting about 8 years ago for anxiety and got up to over 100 mg a day but it made me very drugged at that level. I got off baclofen after few years and then took it intermittently as and when. As time goes by taking baclofen, you find it doesn 't feel as though it's doing anything and you ramp up the dose, but now I could take any level and it wouldn't have any side effects so I just take enough to deal with occasional episodes of stress, maybe 20 mg and that works well. My experience with baclofen for my anxiety made me feel that it is very good at allowing me to think through things without getting stressed about them. After a while, I felt it had made a permanent change, that I became used to the idea that worrying was just a bunch of garbage and if I just calmed my mind, I'd think about how to deal with issues and then do what I needed to do. I'd certainly never take benzos again. I don't stress about anything and if I feel something coming on, I take a couple of baclofen. Hope that helps.
  27. Gunieagirl

    Baclofen for benzo withdrawal

    I'd be curious to see if it can work too
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