How To Withdraw From Prescription Drugs: Antidepressants, Benzos, Antipsychotics

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"What is the natural way to withdraw from prescription drugs?"

Withdrawing from prescription drugs is just as painful and unpleasant as it is from illegal drugs. A nurse once said that a drug is a drug is a drug, no matter who is prescribing or selling it to you. All drugs change the natural chemistry of the body.

The first and most obvious way is cold turkey, which can be hard on the body. The other withdrawal method is known as tapering, which is to incrementally reduce the dosage until you get to zero. For example, going from 6 milligrams to 5, then 4, then 3, then 2, then 1, then 0.

While you're going cold turkey or tapering, there are natural ways to detoxify the body.

- Drinking plenty of fluids to keep oneself hydrated and help flush the drugs out of the system.

- Following a proper diet that includes fruits, vegetables, juices and soup. These foods provide the body with the nourishment it will require in the body's transition.

- Taking warm baths or showers for muscle aches.

- Taking herbal and homeopathic remedies. There are many herbs that are helpful. Dandelion and Fennel cleanse the toxins from the blood, fat cells, organs and urine. St. John's wort and kava calm the nerves. Passionflower helps with anxiety and insomnia. Ginger Root relieves nausea and joint and muscle pain. Valerian takes the edge off anxiety, insomnia and mood swings.

- Some vitamin and minerals may help as well. Vitamins and supplements to watch for are Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Inositol, L-Glutamine, L-Tyrosine, and Milk Thistle Extract.

- Other holistic treatments that are also helpful when detoxing from drugs include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy and massage.

Combined with plenty of water, exercise and nutritional supplements, these natural treatments can enhance purification and lessen the severity of the withdrawal period. However, these natural methods are not magical cures. In most cases you will want to consult with a professional before going through the withdrawal.

You should always work with a licensed healthcare professional when withdrawing from prescription drugs. If you're experiencing horrible withdrawal symptoms and your doctor recommends taking another drug to ease those withdrawal symptoms, maybe it's time to think about seeing a new doctor.

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