Well, after over 5 years of use, this is my 5th attempt to come off of the benzos. We switched over to valium, and am on a slow weaning schedule.
My anxiety is horrific (especially upon waking, nervous adreneline, testicles up my stomach), sleep is brutal, thoughts so fast etc, the day feels like 100 hours, every minute excruciating. I know that I can't get by on the taper itself, and need some assistance from vitamins/supplements. And I'm not willing to add any medications.
I know in this state that my central nervous system is so fragile, the smallest vitamins/supplements call make withdrawal symptoms worse.
One thing that I tried the other day was L glutamine. I took 5mgs, and i was able to get on an airplane, and for the first time in 5 years, didn't have an anxiety attack while on it. I could even read a magazine, look out the window, and didn't have racing thoughts. Amazing.
I also read an article that said that taking p5p with glutamine helps.
I'm also taking cal/mag which i hear helps.
What do you think about theanine (but does this increase dopamine?), taurine, glycine, inistol, b6?
Anything that helps, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Anything that seems to compete with gaba, like valerian, kava, niacinimide etc, just makes things worse. And I have a horrible depressive reaction to 5htp
Thanks for all of your help.