Anti-Anxiety, Anticonvulsants, Benzodiazepine, And Sleep
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
You will begin your pre-taper by taking the Neuro Day, JNK
Formula, and Neuro Night. 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 Day, JNK
Formula, Neuro Night and the Omega 3 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.
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.
Part of the process of handling sleep is by addressing the anxiety
that is usually present during the daytime. You will be taking the
JNK Formula and Neuro Day 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
Day, JNK Formula, and Neuro Night.
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. 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:
Read through the Chapter 14, How to Taper Anti- anxiety,
Anticonvulsants, Benzodiazepines and Sleep Medication.
Consult with your prescribing physician and/or pharmacist and
layout your drug taper schedule.
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
For the next 7 days you will be doing your pre-taper. You do not
reduce your medication during the pre-taper.
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 Day – Take 1 capsule 2 times a day 5 hours apart.
JNK Formula – Take 1 capsule twice a day.
Neuro Night – Take 1 capsule 15 minutes before bedtime
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.
If you take your medication first thing in the morning, take the
medication as usual, and 1 hour later take 1 JNK Formula. If you
do not take the medication first thing in the morning, take the
JNK Formula first thing. Never take supplements within 1 hour
JNK – Take 1 capsule twice a day.
Neuro Day– 2 hours after the morning JNK Formula, take 1
capsule of Neuro Day. Take the second capsule roughly 5 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 adjust the JNK Formula and the Neuro Day around to
fit your specific needs.
Neuro Night – If you take medication at bedtime, take one
capsule of the Neuro Night one hour before taking your
If you do not take medication at bedtime, take 1 capsule of
Neuro Night 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.
HOW TO ADJUST THE SUPPLEMENTS
Adjusting the supplements around to fit your own desires is fine
to do. If you are feeling very calm all day with 2 of the JNK
Formula and only 1 Neuro Day, just take 1 of the Neuro Day. If
you need to take the second JNK Formula or the second Neuro
Day within 3 hours of the first to keep the anxiety levels down,
it is fine to do that.
The point here; we are all not the same. Some of us have
morning anxiety; some anxiety comes in the middle of the day.
You can take these supplements to fit you!!!
Neuro Day – You can take 2 of these capsules in the day but
only 1 capsule at a time. Space out at least 3 hours apart.
Neuro Night – If you find you are sleeping much better when
you go to sleep but you are still having difficulty going to sleep,
take the Neuro Night 1 hour earlier than you were taking it.
The concept of adjusting the supplements during the program is
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 Neuro Day but the symptoms you
are fighting come back within a few hours, take the second
Neuro Day before the 5 hours has arrived.
If you started getting tired during the daytime, and this is new
for you, try taking only 1 Neuro Day during the daytime.
If anxiety always comes back at around noon each day, and it is
not time to take the JNK Formula or the Neuro Day for another
hour, adjust your schedule so you take 1 capsule of the Neuro
Day at 11am.
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 Day, you can adjust around the time you take it. Try and
keep the time at least 4 hours apart though.