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Lou's answer to Cam and others » Cam W.

Posted by lou pilder on February 15, 2002, at 8:15:13

In reply to Re: withdrawing from sleeping pill addiction at home? » lou pilder, posted by Cam W. on February 14, 2002, at 22:24:15

> Lou - A vast majority of people, if they use hypnotics responsibly, will have absolutely no problem stopping them. Long term Ambien™ (zolpidem) use is far easier to stop than than an equivalent dosage of any benzodiazepine over the same duration of time.
> The anecdotal evidence from one or two people must be regarded with caution. We do not know the full medical history of those who posted those responses; nor do we know what other drugs (licit or elicit) they may be using concommitantly. We also do not know if these people have withdrawn slowly (eg. over a period of 2 or more weeks - depending upon what dose they were taking and the duration of the drug's use). Also, some people, due to their individual body chemistry, will have bad reactions (eg. allergic, idiosyncratic, etc.) to some medications.
> These are only some factors that must be taken into consideration before a complete story can be elicited. Sweeping generalizations can do more harm than good. One must dig for the facts.
> Just my clinical opinion. - Cam

Cam and others,
I accept your challenge to debate Ambein and its use . The co. that makes that drug says not to take it for more than 7-10 days. It appears that the people on this board that are on Ambien have used it way beyond that time frame and are suffering from it. But let those people that want to withdraw from that drug do so. They are asking people on this board how to do so. I know first hand how to do so. I know of people that have devoted their lives to helping people that want off of this drug. If those people that want off of this drug want help to do so, then wouldn't this board be the best for them to come to to get help? Go ahead and have me kicked off this board. Make up the cowardly excuse that I am guilty of telling people that they need help to overcome this addiction that they have. Go ahead and tell me that I am guilty of wanting people to be free from this drug. Go ahead and tell me that I am guilty of wanting people to have their suffering stopped. I don't care about yuo and your quest to advocate the use of psychotropic drugs. I have seen the misery that these drugs have done to people ,over and over. People that want to kill themslves over this drug. People whose memory is impairrred. People whose marriages are ruined. People whose lives are made a shambles from this drug. People that are in jail for forging prescriptions to get this drug. This drug can not be used "responsibly" after 7-10 days. Let us all help those that want off this drug get their help to do so. We can not encourage them to keep taking the drug. Let them get help .




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