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Old 07-30-2011, 10:18 PM
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I'll try to keep this succinct, but that is hard for me, please bear with me.

My bac is from from 4rx, the 25mg Fexobac. And i get 40mgs a day from a doctor.

I started bac in mid April and didn't see much results for May. By June 1st i was at 200mgs and started to mix in some AF days, feeling good. All of this was the Fexobac, i was stockpiling the Lioresal (sp?).

By mid June i was at 275 and was sober for 6 out of 10 days or something and i started posted asking about 'the switch'. It was close.

At the end of June I went to 25 of Fexobac and 10 of Lioresal = 35 mgs every 1.5 hours for 280 a day. And I went 10 days AF! My longest stretch in 25 years. A miracle. And i had plenty of 'reasons' to pound a few during that time, but didn't even cross my mind. I was preparing my coming out post in my head.

At the time i felt almost no SEs, but I was depressed and anxious. Things small and large upset me. I don't like being a drunk but at least when I drank failures dulled and the future was no threat and now it was the opposite. And I started breaking off contact with friends, family, everyone. (and my thread got abandoned) And despite being AF nothing was getting done, books went unopened, projects did not get started. I was happiest smoking on the deck, and I hardly ever smoked before, great, a new addiction!

So I was searching for titrating down and maintenance doses. I was running out of my 10s anyway. So i started taking 50 mgs every 3 hours or so to 250 and then a few 10s at night to go to 270, and then 260.

After a few days I had a summer festival and i was the only adult drinking apple juice. Someone bought me a beer and it tasted good, so i bought the 2nd round and that was good. I had 4 beers. Next day AF, then 6 beers, then AF, AF, then some beer... And on July 8th I had a taste for whiskey. For the first time in 16 days I bought some whiskey.

And that has been the story of July. I went back to 280 but I am drinking every damn day. Sometimes 4, sometimes 9, whiskey and beer. What the fuck happened? How could 280 work for June and be worthless in July? (I'll give that a guess in the following post)

Is the simple answer, go up more?

And i think that has to be the answer, i've thought of posting this many times this month, but when i thought about that response I didn't post. I mean, if i know the answer then i should just do it myself. But i need to get this out there. Please help.

Thanks. Oh, and i need to change my mood, that was during my AF stretch. I am not confident now. I'd like to end with
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:25 PM
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Here is my theory about why 280 was good for June buy not July.

I don't think paranoia is an SE, but i can't get this out of my head. At the end of May I ordered some meds from India, they billed me but didn't ship it. After a week I asked them about the delay and they said, sorry we are out of stock. Well, i got upset with them (as i often do in my HDB state) and actually had a little chat fight. So stupid.

Well, at the end of the chat they 'found' some meds and shipped them. I thought complaining actually got something done! Now i wonder if they just diluted my bac or filled it with aspirin or something.

Is it so easy to make bac? I have no idea. These are the meds i have been taking this month, when my bac is not helping me.

Am I ?
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:53 PM
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Most others here have way more experience with baclofen than I do, so I'll just add a couple of ideas and let a more experienced member give you a more complete answer. Here are two thoughts:

1) The batch of baclofen you have been taking while not doing so well with alcohol could be poor quality, as you have guessed. This is not impossible; I have heard of poor or even counterfeit drugs when buying online, although I think others here would be talking more about this if it were a common issue.

2) You could need to address other issues in your life, which baclofen by itself won't fully deal with. I remember reading a few stories a long time ago by enthusiastic baclofen users, saying that baclofen can solve almost all problems once the switch dose is reached, but personally I do not believe that. I do think it can be a valuable tool for lessening the grip of alcohol dependence, and many find it helpful for anxiety, but I don't see how it can solve someone's psychological problems when those issues are not being caused by their alcohol problem. Underlying problems, which many people drink to escape from, can easily still exist once the alcohol is reduced or removed totally. This is one of the few things I agree with AA on, although I don't necessarily recommend AA as a way of dealing with it. Some form of extra treatment would likely help with this however.

Anyway, as I say, others here have more baclofen experience than myself. Good luck, I hope you get some good advice from others here.
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:43 AM
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Greg's answer hit it, imo.

It may well be a faulty batch, but it's also a mindset. It's quite easy to drink when you're indifferent, if you choose to, but it's also quite easy not to. Like you though, I don't expect willpower to come in to the equation, which leaves you in a tricky spot. If you can get another AF spree started, you'll probably find it a simple matter to continue. Maybe give that a try?

Mind you, I suppose that's what you're bloody trying to do! I'm finding that life after indifference is filled with experiments of this nature, as I try and find the balance. You'll work it out Sprat.
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Sprat, I buy the Fexobac from 4RX and never had a problem with it. They make a huge amount of money from selling this stuff and aren't going to risk all that by sending out fake bac when it only costs a halfpenny to produce.

It's like Greg said, Bac isn't a cure-all, you still need to work on the other issues that surfaced when you were sober; the reasons why you started drinking as a way of medicating perhaps.
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I'll try to keep this succinct, but that is hard for me, please bear with me.

My bac is from from 4rx, the 25mg Fexobac. And i get 40mgs a day from a doctor.

I started bac in mid April and didn't see much results for May. By June 1st i was at 200mgs and started to mix in some AF days, feeling good. All of this was the Fexobac, i was stockpiling the Lioresal (sp?).

By mid June i was at 275 and was sober for 6 out of 10 days or something and i started posted asking about 'the switch'. It was close.

At the end of June I went to 25 of Fexobac and 10 of Lioresal = 35 mgs every 1.5 hours for 280 a day. And I went 10 days AF! My longest stretch in 25 years. A miracle. And i had plenty of 'reasons' to pound a few during that time, but didn't even cross my mind. I was preparing my coming out post in my head.

At the time i felt almost no SEs, but I was depressed and anxious. Things small and large upset me. I don't like being a drunk but at least when I drank failures dulled and the future was no threat and now it was the opposite. And I started breaking off contact with friends, family, everyone. (and my thread got abandoned) And despite being AF nothing was getting done, books went unopened, projects did not get started. I was happiest smoking on the deck, and I hardly ever smoked before, great, a new addiction!

So I was searching for titrating down and maintenance doses. I was running out of my 10s anyway. So i started taking 50 mgs every 3 hours or so to 250 and then a few 10s at night to go to 270, and then 260.

After a few days I had a summer festival and i was the only adult drinking apple juice. Someone bought me a beer and it tasted good, so i bought the 2nd round and that was good. I had 4 beers. Next day AF, then 6 beers, then AF, AF, then some beer... And on July 8th I had a taste for whiskey. For the first time in 16 days I bought some whiskey.

And that has been the story of July. I went back to 280 but I am drinking every damn day. Sometimes 4, sometimes 9, whiskey and beer. What the fuck happened? How could 280 work for June and be worthless in July? (I'll give that a guess in the following post)

Is the simple answer, go up more?

And i think that has to be the answer, i've thought of posting this many times this month, but when i thought about that response I didn't post. I mean, if i know the answer then i should just do it myself. But i need to get this out there. Please help.

Thanks. Oh, and i need to change my mood, that was during my AF stretch. I am not confident now. I'd like to end with
I'd just like to add that during my baclofen trial I went through a period of perhaps 3 weeks where I was 100% AF (as well as several other 1 week, 5 days etc stretches). During that time I though Baclofen had worked, or I'd 'switched'. I did start drinking again on the same dose (even though it wasn't every single day but still in my old pattern) and when I looked back I think I wasn't drinking for 'other' reasons, including in my case that I felt so ill on Baclofen that I didn't want to drink!

I am therefore wondering if it was some sort of AF 'phase' for you.
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Hiya, Sprat.
That sucks. I'm sorry.
I am surprised by the fact that I think I disagree with some of the above. I have found that different levels affect me differently at different times. Meaning that when going up and down, I can't really predict what will happen. I just dropped from 200mg to 180mg. 180mg was terrible, despite the fact that it was no big deal the last couple of times I was there. I was extremely somnolent, and probably depressed. Since then I've dropped to 140mg. It's only been a couple of days, but I feel HUGELY better and still not craving. The last time I was at 140mg I drank.
All that is to say, you could go down a little and see if that helps, or go up a little and see if that helps.

I also agree with you that the circumstances in which they found enough baclofen to ship you are fishy enough that I would be VERY skeptical about the quality. How soon can you get a replacement, even from the same company??? There was a circumstance last fall that bac made in Pennsylvania was tainted, as well as several other medications... If it can happen here ('cause we all know how perfect we are here, right?? ) well, ...

Take good care, and please keep posting this time around.
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Thanks everyone. I really love MWO. I ask for help and get so many replies. Without the support I'd be toasted now.

Instead, I was thinking about this thread biking back from the beach today, and the thought that I may need to meet the bac somewhere in the middle, caused me to pop open a soda water w/ a lime wedge when i got home, instead of the 3 cold beers in the fridge. So today I get my first AF day in a few weeks. Damn it feels good.

I agree, I have lots to work on, and that's why I'm here, to get sober and fix it. I can not get out of this foreign land by getting drunk every night, even if takes me away for a while every evening.

It is just confusing. Look at Ne's post! 20 to 40 mg changes make huge differences, for better or worse! I was AF at 280 then down to 260 and I'm swallowing my bac with a whiskey shot in a public bathroom. I thought if I was around 280 everyday that was enough. How can the dose level be so sensitive when you are up so high?!

Glad you keep posting Ne, sorry my threads are never light hearted.

UKB if this doesn't work out I'll try TSM, promise.

Ok, 11pm, off to bed, got a big fireworks show tomorrow for Aug. 1st!
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hey there sprat! sorry to read about your challenges. like ne, i was doing great at 200, went down to 180, felt depressed and drank (though that may have been pms). now i'm back up to 200 and havin se's again (and also drank again yesterday, ergh!). it's tricky stuff, and it is hard to imagine that 20 or 40 mgs at such a high dose would make a difference, but, lookie there, evidently it does.

good for you on your af day! and may you enjoy those fireworks in a sober state of mind!

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Thanks everyone. I really love MWO. I ask for help and get so many replies. Without the support I'd be toasted now.
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So today I get my first AF day in a few weeks. Damn it feels good.

It is just confusing. Look at Ne's post! 20 to 40 mg changes make huge differences, for better or worse! I was AF at 280 then down to 260 and I'm swallowing my bac with a whiskey shot in a public bathroom. I thought if I was around 280 everyday that was enough. How can the dose level be so sensitive when you are up so high?!

Glad you keep posting Ne, sorry my threads are never light hearted.

Ok, 11pm, off to bed, got a big fireworks show tomorrow for Aug. 1st!
Hiya, Sprat. You might be the only one up around here about now. Or at least the only one up that isn't dealing with bac-insomnia. (actually, it's morning across the pond. But whatever.)
I'm not, btw, bac-sleepless. I'm just sleepless.
I love the support on MWO too. It's a lifeline.

I'm glad you had an AF day. Those help.

It drives me crazy when people only post the sunshine-y happy stuff. 'cause the next thing you know... They're on here saying they quit and then I worry. A lot. Especially now. I figure by the time one gets to the point where one is ordering medication, unprescribed, using it off-label, well. If one was like me, one had better find some help. Ya' know?

Not to mention that the whole point, the reason for existence, is the support. Good times and bad.

Apple juice! I haven't had apple juice in ages, and that sounds like a good thing to add to the repertoire.
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