One Woman’s Fight to Overcome Prescription Drug Addiction

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Christine Cobb speaks to the Lancaster Guardian about how she became addicted to prescription drugs and her horrific experience with benzodiazepine and SSRI withdrawal.

“‘…the doctor tapered me off the clonazepam and the zopiclone over 12 days, which I now know was a bit rapid.

The SSRI was just stopped cold turkey, I feel it got lost in the mix. I now know these come with their own set of potentially severe but shorter lasting withdrawals. After this things worsened considerably – dizziness, insomnia, rubbery legs, wobbly neck, blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, watery eyes, nausea and my hair started falling out; and this is a mere fraction of the more than 150 sometimes indescribable symptoms people endure.

The SSRI was just stopped cold turkey, I feel it got lost in the mix. I now know these come with their own set of potentially severe but shorter lasting withdrawals. After this things worsened considerably – dizziness, insomnia, rubbery legs, wobbly neck, blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, watery eyes, nausea and my hair started falling out; and this is a mere fraction of the more than 150 sometimes indescribable symptoms people endure.'”

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