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Chapter 9  

Anti-Anxiety, Anticonvulsants, Benzodiazepine,
And Sleep Medication Pre-Taper

Starting Your Pre-Taper

Note: This pre-taper addresses several types of medication, as indicated in this Chapter title. For the rest of this Chapter, the word “benzodiazepine” is used alone to encompass all of the medications included in the chapter title (Benzodiazepine, Antianxiety, Anticonvulsant and Sleep Medication).

During the pre-taper and taper, you will address the immune system, the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal-axis, cortisol and the adrenals, along with enzymes that regulate anxiety, sleep and other symptoms resulting from benzodiazepine usage. While many of these symptoms may be viewed as mental (anxiety, insomnia, and other subjective symptoms), we will address them as physical symptoms.

You may already have heart palpitations or aches and pains throughout the body. These side effects are addressed with this program as well as any and all side effects you may be experiencing.

You will begin your pre-taper by taking the Neuro Endure Mini, JNK Capsules, Body Calm Daytime Relief and Body Calm Supreme With Melatonin or you can  use Body Calm Supreme Melatonin Free. These are the basic supplements used for a benzodiazepine taper, and the majority of you will not need any other supplements.

If you are also taking an antidepressant, you should reduce the benzodiazepine first. You will be taking;  Neuro Endure Mini, JNK Formula, Body Calm Daytime Relief and Body Calm Supreme.

These supplements should take care of most or all  daytime anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems, etc. If you have taken a benzodiazepine for a prolonged period and have depression or a tingling or numbness of the extremities, the JNK Formula will be vital. Prolonged use of a benzodiazepine massively depletes the B vitamin biotin and leads to depression and tingling or numbness of an extremity. To help address this you should get a biotin supplement and take 5,000mcg daily.

A few individuals will also have fatigue during the daytime while taking these medications. If you are one of them, handle the daytime anxiety first, have 3 good nights of sleep in succession and re-evaluate the fatigue. For most people it will go away with 3 good nights of sleep. If the fatigue is still present you can increase the Neuro Endure Mini by 1 capsule to help lift the fatigue.

Remember, as soon as you start the pre-taper, you simultaneously begin keeping your Daily Journal and keeping your graphs up to date.

Make sure to note in your journal when existing side effects stop or when there is a major improvement. This is very important.

Anxiety first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon is a very common side effect of benzodiazepines. By the time you are ready to go to sleep at night, you are too stressed out and fatigued from dealing with anxiety difficulties all day long that sleep simply may not come. You could easily end up feeling depressed due to this endless cycle of anxiety, insomnia, anxiety, and insomnia. Take the Adrenalpin as well if this applies to you.

Part of the process of handling sleep is by addressing the anxiety that is usually present during the daytime. You will be taking the Body Calm Daytime Relief during the daytime to help with  anxiety, which will also help set you up for a good night’s sleep when it is bedtime. It is much easier to go to sleep if you are not all ramped up from daily activities or constant daily anxiety.

If you are also experiencing some degree of depression, do not be surprised if the depression lifts during the pre-taper as your ability to sleep improves, daytime anxiety abates or other symptoms you may be experiencing vanish. Even so, as you start to experience relief from your symptoms, do not change anything; just continue with the program. There are still many, many gains available as  you continue through and complete The Road Back Program.

There are optional supplements you can use along the way, but they are here for specific symptoms that not everyone will have. Again, most people will do very well with only taking the Neuro Endure Mini, JNK Formula, Body Calm Daytime Relief and Body Calm Supreme.

If you would like to include some optional supplements, read through Chapter 3 “Nutritionals Used on The Road Back Program” for a full list of optional supplements.

If mood is a constant problem for you, try out a bottle of Omega 3 Supreme TG. Put 3 of the softgels in your mouth and bite through the softgel, swallow the oil and remove the softgels from your mouth. If this is what you needed for mood you will feel the difference in minutes.

What to do next:

  1. Read through the Chapter 14, How to Taper Anti- anxiety, Anticonvulsants, Benzodiazepines and Sleep Medication.

  2. Consult with your prescribing physician and/or pharmacist and layout your drug taper schedule.

  3. Plan out the second and third reduction of the medication as well at this point to ensure you are ready with the correct dosages of the drug.

The Pre-Taper

For the next 7 days you will be doing your pre-taper. You do not reduce your medication during the pre-taper.

Pre-Taper Goals:

·      Improved sleep.

·      Vast reduction or elimination of anxiety, fatigue and insomnia.

  • Lessening or elimination of other drug-induced side effects.

Below are the supplements you will take:

Neuro Endure Mini – Take 1 capsule 3 times a day 5 hours apart.

JNK Formula – Take 1 capsule twice a day.

Body Calm Daytime Relief

Body Calm Supreme With Melatonin or select Body Calm Supreme Melatonin Free

DAY ONE THROUGH DAY THREE:

Use your Daily Journal and rate your anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and any additional symptoms you may be experiencing. Rate them from 1 to 10, with number 10 being the worst and number 1 being no side effect or symptom remaining.

Rate your previous night’s sleep first thing the next morning and your daytime anxiety just before bedtime of that day.

MORNING SUPPLEMENTS:

If you take your medication first thing in the morning, take the medication as usual, and 1 hour later take 1 Neuro Endure Mini. If you do not take the medication first thing in the morning, take the Neuro Endure Mini first thing. Never take supplements within 1 hour of medication.

JNK – Take 1 capsule twice a day.

Body Calm Daytime Relief 2 hours after the morning Neuro Endure Mini, take 1 capsule of Body Calm Daytime Relief. For the rest  of the day and evening take 1 capsule every 2 to 4 hours.

If you found the morning JNK Formula reduced your daytime anxiety but the anxiety crept back in near noon, you can take an additional JNK Formula anytime you wish.

You can take another JNK Formula in the early evening if it is needed.

BEDTIME

Body Calm Supreme – If you take medication at  bedtime, take one capsule of the Body Calm Supreme one hour before taking your medication.

If you do not take medication at bedtime, take 1 capsule  of Body Calm Supreme 15-minutes before going to bed. Take the supplements exactly as described here for 3 full days. If your anxiety levels are going down and your sleep is improving, remain with this schedule for at least 4 additional days.

HOW TO ADJUST THE SUPPLEMENTS

JNK – Add additional capsules of the JNK supplement around noon. This usually handles any lingering side  effect that might be related to anxiety, insomnia, etc. A few people take 3 capsules of the JNK each day; (1) morning, (1) noon and again (1) at around 4 pm,  but that is rarely needed. If you do need to increase the JNK Formula to more than twice a day, try that for three days and then reduce back down to 1 capsule in the morning and 1 4 hours later. Sometimes you only need the extra JNK Formula for a day or two and you can then reduce back to the two a day.

Body Calm Daytime Relief – You can take every 2 hours if needed. You can also increase the amount you take during the day to 2 capsules for each serving.

Body Calm Supreme – If you find you are sleeping much better when you go to sleep but you are still having difficulty going to sleep, take the Body Calm Supreme 1 hour earlier than you were taking it and add a second Body Calm Supreme 15-minutes before going to bed.

The concept of adjusting the supplements during the program is straightforward:

·     If you felt an improvement after starting the JNK, but symptoms came back later in the day, take an additional JNK capsule about 4 hours after the morning JNK.

·     If you responded well to the Body Calm Daytime  Relief but the Body Calm Supreme you selected is not working as desired, change to the other Body Calm Supreme product. For some of us melatonin  is fantastic and for others melatonin does not work. If the Body Calm Daytime Relief is keeping you entirely chilled throughout the day, you can use the Body Calm Daytime Relief supplement at bedtime for sleep.

If you started getting tired during the daytime, and this is new for you, try taking less of the Body Calm Daytime Relief.

If the Body Calm Daytime Relief helps but doesn’t fully handle your symptoms, try taking 2 capsules instead of 1 or try taking it every 2 hours instead of every 4 hours.

·         If anxiety always comes back at around noon each day, and it is not time to take the Body Calm Daytime Relief for another hour, adjust your schedule so you take 1 capsule of the Body Calm Daytime Relief at 11am.

·         If anxiety or insomnia persists, try taking the extra JNK Capsule at noon and again around 4pm.

Make sure to keep your Daily Journal and graphs updated each day. The pre-taper is really that simple.

After 7 full days of the pre-taper, you are now ready to begin reducing the medication.

The key is to keep good notes or at the very least, make a mental note of how you felt. You can adjust the supplements around as you like, but be consistent with how you adjust them.

If you feel a massive reduction of symptoms after taking the Neuro Endure Mini, you can adjust around the time you take it. Try and keep the time at least 4 hours apart though. You can try taking 2 tablets of the Neuro Endure Mini 3 times a day 5 hours apart. If the 2 tablets work well for you, you can change to the Neuro Endure and just break that tablet in half to consume the same amount that is found in the Neuro Endure Mini.