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    Old 12-02-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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    Question ativan withdrawal suggestions

    Hi everyone,
    I've been prescribed ativan for panic attacks in August of this year.
    I never took more than 0.5 mg a day (with one exception - once I took a 1 mg pill instead of my regular 0.5). Also, I have not taken it every day, but more on an "as needed basis" - sometimes I have taken it for 7 days in a row, some other times I only took 1-2 pills a week.
    I would like to know how to safely withdraw from it as I have already started having withdrawal symptoms - increasing number of panic attacks (I've had one every day since Saturday), chest pains, muscle pains, horrible nightmares, rapid pulse, shortness of breath, shaking, trembling, hot flashes, extreme fatigue (going up and down the stairs from my bedroom to the kitchen feels like running a marathon).
    What makes me sure that it's withdrawal? Well, I have all these symptoms (or some of them) I take an ativan and half an hour later the symptoms are gone, but afterwards I feel so weak, lightheaded, and tired plus, I can't really think of anything, focus on anything, or do anything. I just lay in bed with little or no power left.
    In a nutshell - I have read about people experiencing withdrawal symptoms even after using ativan short term, and I strongly believe I am one of them. My doctor is not at all supportive of this (I asked her opinion and she said I am not experiencing withdrawal and pretty much did not want to help me with any tapering plan, or with replacing the ativan with valium - which I believe to be the "proper" way to withdraw).
    I read dr Ashton's manual, but I couldn't find a plan that would be suited for my situation - 4 months of using 0.5 mg doses of ativan on and off.
    Does anyone know of a safe, easy way of withdrawing? I read that niacinamide (vit B3) might help, any insight on that? Also, I take L-theanine which is supposed to relax the nervous system, and I've recently started taking GABA supplements - also supposed to help relax the nervous system and help with panic/anxiety attacks.
    Thank you.

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    Re: ativan withdrawal suggestions

    I recommend talking with another doctor, as yours does not seem to be supporting you. Also. 'St. Johns Wort tea' is good for reducing anxiety. You seem to have been on a relatively low dose for a reasonably short time. Since you had panic attacks prior to taking the ativan, you will probably still experience some difficulty... are you able to adress any of the issues causing your anxiety? This may help

    As far as tapering, you seem to be on a low amount already, just try to cut doses weekly, untill you are almost down to none. And yes supplement your body. vit d, vit b6, b12, l-theanine is good, I took it as well when detoxing.

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    Re: ativan withdrawal suggestions

    Alex, I am sure you can work The Ashton Manual principals into weaning off of Ativan, even if you are on a low dose. It outlines what amount to cut at a time and that is key. I think I remember just dont cut more than 10% at a time. And Second Go is right, maybe a dr that would be more supportive is needed.

    I think if half these drs who prescribed these meds had to go through the pain of withdrawal, most of us would be able to find the help needed.

    Hugs to you, and I hope you find some help.

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