Ativan (Lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine drug that is most commonly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders. I was prescribed Ativan for 8 years and never questioned the seriousness of the drug as it did its thing. I just stopped cold turkey two days ago from taking one half of a5 MG which had been prescribed to take a whole one daily as needed (?)… I have felt no different except for waking earlier, which I sorely needed to do. Can’t remember how many years I’ve been using it with an occasional missing. I didn’t even know that I was going through withdrawal until I talked to a couple people and did my research online. Vomiting: It isn’t very common to vomit while withdrawing from Ativan unless you taper too quickly and/or have been on it for a long term. Irritability: Since Ativan helps people keep calm and reduces anxiety, withdrawals may lead to increases in irritability as well as aggression. I have been on ativan for 15 years… started at 1mg and was gradually increased to 4mg.
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I went down to two and I wasn’t having any problems but I was starting to feel like I was out of it. I had headaches and they stopped so I decided on Sunday to go to one and a half which threw me for a loop so I took another quarter and within a half an hour I felt sort of normal again and functional. Fatigue: Many people have reported feeling extremely tired and lethargic when they quit their Ativan. I know this is going to take a long time, because I have been on Ativan for a really long time (at least 1 year) , but I know that in the end, when I ‘m finally free from it, all of this will have been well worth it. Then I’ll NEVER take another prescription for Lorazepam (Ativan) again.
I decided to cut back my afternoon by half like the doctor told me and so far I feel like sht. Just know that your withdrawal will be completely unique based on your individual circumstances. These panic attacks experienced during withdrawal may be more extreme than before you began this drug. I never would have taken this if I had understood the nightmare withdrawal symptoms. Like anyone else I put my trust in a professional doctor and ended up a withdrawal junkie. I am backing off 1/2 of my night dose for 6 weeks, then half the morning dose for 6 weeks.
It may take some time before your GABA neurotransmitters stabilize and recover from the Ativan usage. It’s helpful for pre-surgery, people who have suffered a traumatic loss, or withdrawing from alcohol. I was on 1mg lorazepam for more than 3 years because I was given steroid during chemo which ruined my sleep. I started taking Ativan when he was depressed because I was super anxious and couldn’t sleep. I am in total disbelief that doctors prescribe drugs as dangerous as Ativan on a long term basis. I am having some withdrawal symptoms, but feel it is well worth it to get this poison out of my body!
The withdrawal has been bad, pressure in my ears, numbness of extremities, and feeling really anxious. In general the lengthier the period over which you have taken a higher dosage, the more difficult the withdrawal. These are usually caused by the withdrawal itself, but can be intensified by the increased anxiety that is also experienced during withdrawals. If you feel extremely depressed after you quit taking Ativan, it’s likely no coincidence – it’s likely a result of withdrawal. Below is a list of symptoms that you may experience when you discontinue Ativan.
I was given ativan in the emergency room for severe anxiety and sent home with a prescription 2mg a day little did I know that I was going to become addicted. Psychosis: In rare cases, people have reported experiencing psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions upon withdrawal. I was on ativan for three months 1mg a night to sleep, started having intense withdrawl, so gave em back to the doc. So, you must find something to fill the hole” that has been left when you changed your lorazepam dosage. Dizziness: It is extremely common to feel dizziness upon discontinuation of Ativan online for sale.
It really all depends on individual factors and scenarios when trying to determine how long the withdrawal will take. A lot of people tend to confuse withdrawal effects with symptoms of their illness just returning. I am really glad I read this article about NOT going off the Ativan cold turkey but tapering instead. This may be due to the fact that benzodiazepines triggered depression, but it could also be a result of the withdrawal process. I have just started tapering off of the Ativan that I have been taking for seizures for more than two years. I just stopped a week ago I had no idea I could feel that bad can’t sleep, terrible sweats, don’t want to go out & feel disconnected just like having the flu, I didn’t know the side effects but I do now I was given this drug because I lost my husband. I’m now on Anafranil and Ativan for past 2 years which are working the best so far.
Okay, so I’m an expert at this; I have kicked Ativan (Lorazepam) four different times over the last 15 years from a dose as high as 8mg a day with a bottle of wine chaser” to where I was a week ago, only” taking 1 mg a day at night. I had no idea of the addictive quality and the high dose I was on. Started developing inter-dose withdrawal symptoms because of the high dose once a day and the short half life of loraz. Anxiety: Perhaps the most prevalent withdrawal symptom associated with Ativan is severe anxiety.