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    COSGringo;1313284 wrote: Yes 500 is a good amount. To me you just can't have enough of it. I'd rather stop taking it and have leftovers than ever run out. That scares me. Plus I don't like getting those deliveries from overseas. Our special mailman is kind of weird.
    "Special" mailman. LOL. I can only imagine. Legal drug importation, by fellow citizens, is something every good patriot should keep an eye on. (Just joking... I don't know the situation, but that's what your statement made me think of!)

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    He reminds me of Forrest Gump. He was our regular mailman now he just does the special deliveries. He likes to stare at my packages and comment when they are from India.

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    Azure I hadnt read this when I last spoke to you, I agree that you should order more but also I started on 5mg x 3 a day, I cut the 10mg pills in half. I suppose it depends on how quickly you want to do this but IMHO it wont do any harm to spend the first few days on 5mg especially since your not drinking at a life threatening level, (I know all drinking can be life threatening I suppose but I would think you know what I mean).

    How long did you delivery take, you can work out how long your 100 tablets will last by writing down your intended titration schedule, you could start now and go very slowley until the next delivery arrives, but never, ever leave yourself without enough to withdraw down, I started with 100 10mg pills and ordered more when I realised how many I would need and I have never ran out of pills, even tho I have this bad habit of ordering them by the 300, because I get free postage with that amount so somehow in my mind thats how many I order!

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    :H:H to the special mailman.

    azurmyst;1313225 wrote:

    BTW congratulations on the success story. I cant wait to get there and I know I can.
    Thanks, sister.
    I know you can, too.
    I can't take meds either. It's one of the reasons I was so superstitious about taking anything with bac...(really silly stuff. I wouldn't take aspirin. I took benadryl, but only when I was really desperate.) (I really wish I could go back in time and have a talk with my former self...But then, why stop there? Hell, I'd be jumping all over! "No, Ne! Do not fall in lust with THAT guy!" Lordy, that would be a very common refrain. That and, "DO NOT DRINK that JUST ONE MORE." The two often went together, of course.)

    Anyway. 100 pills isn't enough, but I see you've already received that wise counsel. Even if you just want to try it out, and only start at 5mg/day, up to say, 30mg/day. That's what? A month without much titration...

    We've got some pretty easy access in the US to legal bac if you want to go that route. Otherwise, I'd order some more just to be safe. You can always sell it (very discreetly) to someone here. (I keep bac-ups in case someone is going to run out...)

    I'm excited for you! :l

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    AllyB;1313653 wrote: I know some of the old regulars will know who I am but for anyone who doesn't I'm Longshot's wife. I found this place in autumn 2010 while researching medication for alcoholism and decided to suggest baclofen to him based on what I read here. He started in October 2010 and shortly afterwards joined MWO and started posting here for about 6-8 months. I pop in a bit more regularly but not very often. However after reading the update from the poster susanna who was a regular here while I was, I thought I really should post an update for new readers so they can read up on how things turned out for a few older users. The posts we both made are a bit all over the place but this is the main thread I think.

    The summary is that Longshot had a very, very bad drinking problem which he very nearly died from in 2010 yet still kept drinking. He started baclofen that October and titrated quite randomly for a while, hitting an eventual high of 525mg. He had some horrendous side-effects but battled through them as the change in him was evident from the first day on baclofen. The worst was horrendous insomnia but the supplement 5-htp and the medication seroquel got him through that. Eventually we got our GP to prescribe baclofen and he settled at a maintenance dose of 275mg. Around that time we started coming on here less and less, as alcohol dependence just stopped being a part of our lives. He's on 50mg a day now and the way our lives were a couple of years ago feels like something that doesn't really apply to us any more.

    The big change is that we are expecting a baby later this year. And believe me this is not something that would be happening if I thought there was any chance of things returning to how they were. Longshot actually titrated to 0mg during the time we were trying for the baby as the effects of baclofen on sperm aren't clear. That was tough at times but ultimately manageable.

    So if anyone is contemplating baclofen, struggling with the side-effects or thinking of recommending it to a loved one, I just want you to know that it has certainly had an enormous
    positive effect on our lives.
    From this thread:

    http://www.mywayout.org/community/f2...ead-48273.html

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    I started BAC on 3 April 2012. I drank wine the first 5 days, went another 14 days AF, drank wine 3 more days, although I couldn't finish more than two glasses and have been AF ever since. I realized I was drinking out of habit now...Friday night and nothing to do, or a glass of wine before bed etc.

    At 100mg I had to slightly fight the urge to drink...and I sometimes lost. At 125mg just the thought of drinking wine made me nauseous, at 150mg, where I'm at now, drinking is a distant memory.

    I have had wine in my refrigerator for about 10 days with no desire to drink it. I see it, but I don't want it. The real test came on Monday which was my birthday. I received wine and champagne from friends (they don't know I'm on BAC) and I did not drink any of it. Absolutely unheard of before BAC, any excuse to drink until I passed out was my motto.

    Now the side effects are really difficult at 150mg and I really hit the switch dose at 125mg. Should I stay at 150? 125? Or titrate down slowly? I am really scared that I will want to drink again, but I feel like I'm in a drunk stupor most of the time, (oh the irony) especially at night.

    **UPDATE: Thanks to the great advice from the BAC community I am now at 75mg and feeling great. I still have no desire to drink and the side effects I experienced while going up are slowly going away. I am hoping to get to 50 - 40mg and stay there if I continue to have no desire to drink.

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    That's so great, Robin! Thanks for sharing it here.

    I found my comfort zone by experimenting a little bit. It took a while, and it changed with time, too. Going up and down (with some forethought, a plan, and sticking to each change for at least 3 days) really helped me. Keep us posted!

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    Is it okay to take topamax 50 mg. per day and also take bac? Thanks!

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    I don't really know the answer to that, Apple. And I don't know where to direct you to find some answers! Sorry!

    You might try to google "topamax baclofen my way out" and see if others have done it. (I'm pretty sure they have. In fact I know that's the case. I just don't remember who or when!)

    Good luck.

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    I've taken recently combination of Topiramate 50 mg daily with conjuction of 60 mg of Baclofen after lenghty period of slow tapering up the doses.
    Both meds legimately prescribed to me by my Pdoc.
    The idea was to get anticraving benefits combining those two meds at moderately low dose in order to avoid SE each of those meds are known to cause at high doses.
    The combo worked great as an anticraving med, unfortunately I'm prone to tinnitus and I've experienced each of those meds cause ringing of the ear.
    Finally I've discovered that the only way to be tinnitus free was to discontinue bac and take the whole topa dose ( currently 75 mg) before going to bed.

    To answer your question Apple, I'm a patient that was being presribed by renown Pdoc baclofen and topamax together on daily basis. Started taking Baclofen first...low dose, slow dose increases, few months later Topamax was aded...again low dose to start with, slow dose increases.

    EDIT: I have absolutely no idea if any dose of Topamax / Topiramate could be combined with relatively high dose of Baclofen (anything above 60 mg / daily)

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