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i agree with tina 100%. that's how i got terribly addicted to ativan. i started at a low dose for anxiety and insomnia as needed and before you knew it i was taking 3-4mgs a day. i became so sick and toxic that i am now tapering off it using valium as i cannot tolerate klonopin. once dependent or addicted, it is one of the worst meds to try to come off of. if you take it every day, you WILL become dependent and eventually need more and more to achieve the same relief. i would RUN not walk away from this med unless you want to experience hell.


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i beg to differ
ANY benzo taken continuously for more than 1 month (even what you deem a low dose) will cause dependency. it even warns about this in any info. they are supposed to be used for a short time or on an an "as needed basis" only. don't get me wrong, ativan worked wonders for my panic attacks and anxiety. the only trouble is i was anxious 24/7. after eight years at different dose, you will become tolerant and in my case sick. ativan is a very potent drug and i had to switch from 3 mgs ativan to 30mgs valium just to start my taper and cover the interdose withdrawal symptoms. in 4 months, i am down to 7mgs valium and don't wish this on my worst enemy.

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Quote from pleasantville:
i beg to differ
ANY benzo taken continuously for more than 1 month (even what you deem a low dose) will cause dependency. it even warns about this in any info. they are supposed to be used for a short time or on an an "as needed basis" only. don't get me wrong, ativan worked wonders for my panic attacks and anxiety. the only trouble is i was anxious 24/7. after eight years at different dose, you will become tolerant and in my case sick. ativan is a very potent drug and i had to switch from 3 mgs ativan to 30mgs valium just to start my taper and cover the interdose withdrawal symptoms. in 4 months, i am down to 7mgs valium and don't wish this on my worst enemy.

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Sorry to hear about your problems with benzo withdrawal. I had a big problem with getting off benzos too (actually twice in my life). I wasnt listening to my doctors orders though on both occasions (I'm not saying you didnt). I know the withdrawal hell someone can go through with benzos. I'm not saying Jedd didn't experience withdrawal symtoms. I said it might be more of his anxiety disorder. I was just leaving it open for him/her to think about. I just don't want people to be really scared of taking a med that can help them thats all.

take care and good luck