Our expert says:
I sometimes suspect that some doctors are dependent on prescribing benzo's, because they keep patients pacified and less likely to ask for more effective management of their symptoms, and thus being tranquility for the doc.
The best plan would have been to see a good local psychiatrist for at least one session to assess whether there are any remaining problems needing attention ( other than the benzo dependency ) and then either to consider other management for them ( such as CBT for any remaining anxiety symptoms ) and to plan a realistic gradual reduction of the dose of the benzo.
Amny doctor who tells you that benzo's can't cause significant dependence and attendant problems, just hasn't read any serious medical literature or attended any updates for some decades now. In the early 1960's that might have been a widely held belief - in this century it's ridiculous, and ignores every significant exprt guideline yet drawn up and published.
I would also prefer a psychiatrist to assess whether you need Cipralex. It is one of a great many effective antidepressants which may help genuine depression and some varieties of anxiety disorder, but not always the best choice for anxiety symptoms.
Its uually not the best choice, when one has been taking significant amounts of a benzo for some years, to go cold turkey and just stop abruptly. And the sort of symptoms you describe sound pretty typical. They usually wear off after a couple of weeks, and are usually minimised by a more gradual reduction of the meds.
Amnesia in benzo's is usually related to not recording memories of some things while under their influence, rather than actual damage to mone's ability to memorize stuff. In some minor surgical procedures including dentistry, some surgeons use quite high intravenous doses of benzos to induce acute amnesia, to the extent that while it still hurts, you don't remember the pain when you wake up ! And its curious that when you remove, temporarily, the ability to remember that this has been hurting, and the expectation that it will continue to hurt, pain is much less of a problem to experience than one might expect.
So as for amnesia, you're not likely to have problems now in remembering things now occurring, but may be a bit muzzy for some things during the period you were taking them.
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