Ativan withdrawal duration

Common Questions and Answers about Ativan withdrawal duration


Avatar m tn I've been taking 1 MG Ativan (Lorazepam) two or three times a week for about two months. I've noticed that occasionally on days I don't take it I'm feeling like it's difficult to function, and I get bad anxiety. I don't want to take this crap ever again, but I'm wondering, being that I haven't been a regular user, 1. should I plan to just stop taking it? 2. or should I plan to taper it down?
Avatar f tn No two drugs work exactly the same way -- if they did they wouldn't be able to get a patent. They target different receptors and work differently. So what you need to focus on is, how long were you on the klonopin, did you take it every day or just as needed -- in other words, are you likely to suffer a withdrawal from it. Personally, I would never quit any drug that targets brain neurotransmitters cold turkey -- it's tough enough doing it with a slow taper.
Avatar m tn The onset of action is greater than one hour, the duration of action is 12 hours, and the half-life ranges from 30-200 hours. Clorazepate is indicated for the management of generalized and tension-anxiety states. Tolerance will not develop to the effects of Clorazepate. Valium (Diazepam) - Diazepam binds to a 1 and a 5 subunits with immense affinity. Diazepam has no appreciable affinity for a 2 or a 3 subunits.
Avatar m tn Ive been taking xanax for two months now. And he wants me to take lorazepam 1mg intead of the xanax. Will I get withdrawal symptoms of the xanax? Thanx....
Avatar f tn Actually, the above info is not entirely correct. Both Xanax ans Ativan have an onset of about 30 minutes. While Ativan's duration is longer (24-48 hours vs 4-6 hrs for Xanax), it is not "stronger". Their half lives are almost the same, and their time to peak plasma levels are also very similar. Actually, for equivalency purposes, Xanax would be considered "stronger", with 0.5mg of Xanax equalling 1mg Lorazepam.
Avatar f tn 6 weeks is not really long enough for you to experience an actual "withdrawal" from the Ativan, typically a "short term" course of treatment is considered 3 months or less. Those people who are on Ativan short-term won't typically experience a withdrawal, but there IS a possibility of some rebound anxiety, which is probably what you're dealing with. The increase in anxiety will evebntually subside, but it may take a few weeks. Same with the sleep symptoms.
Avatar m tn I have been prescribed Ativan by my family doctor for about four years now for anxiety with the past year being on 6 mg per day with renewals every 3 months. After finishing a project and being out of work I decided to go down to 4 mg per day due to less stress which my doctor supported. When I went back for my renewal 3 months later my Dr said he doesn't prescribe Ativan anymore.
Avatar n tn 3) If it is Ativan withdrawal, should I expect more of these mini anxiety attacks/hot flashes or does it get better with time? 4) Is there ANYTHING I can take to help counteract these symptoms? Would Valium be a good thing to take as needed until this passes or can I assume the worst is over. My rationale leads me to believe that as the days goes by the withdrawal symptoms will lessen. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm now off to take a Valium and try to get some sleep.
Avatar m tn If you are 72 hours in already, I would say just to keep going, I would get a little bit of withdrawal effect when stopping the Ativan, but it didn't last long due to being on it such short periods of time (which is what is ultimately meant for), but they were nothing too bad, mostly just anxiety and having a hard time with sleep due to anxiety. You weren't taking a very high dose, and not very often, but every drug effects every person differently.
Avatar m tn Is it possible to have any withdrawal symptoms from taking Ativan? I am determined to find something like herbal supplements to help me with the anxiety. Please help me. Thank you.
358304 tn?1409709492 Or I dunno maybe Klonopin was masking Ativan withdrawal? Bc I stopped Ativan after 2.5 years then switched directly to Klonopin for 2 months without weaning off my last Ativan kick. I usually don't take Ativan any longer than 2-4 weeks at a time. Then I can go without it for a month or so, as long as I'm not having anxiety really bad. Hmmm... Lots to think about.
680303 tn?1239984840 off a benzodiazepine-- meds like valium, xanax, ativan-- as the withdrawal from that class of medication can cause seizures and can even be fatal.
Avatar m tn Alcohol will absolutely intensify the withdrawal symptoms of ativan since alcohol acts on the same receptors in the brain as ativan. It is true that these receptors are sensitive and vulnerable from the ativan withdrawal, so this explains why you may notice your withdrawal symptoms worsen when consuming alcohol. It is a good idea stay away from alcohol while withdrawing. I would not recommend suddenly discontinuing the atarax without first discussing your questions with your doctor.
Avatar m tn ve withdrawn directly from the Ativan. The Valium dosage is not equivalent, which will give rise to withdrawal phenomena. 4 mg of Ativan = 20 mg of Valium Valium is an extremely weak, sluggish drug which must first accumulate in your system before it will replace Ativan (which works immediately). Uncongugated Lorazepam (Ativan) carries a 12-hour half-life, while Valium carries a bi-phasic half-life of 24 hours for Diazepam, and 30-200 hours for Nordiazepam.
Avatar f tn I was recently prescribed Ativan for my anxiety, was told by my dr to take 1mg in the am and 1mg in the pm, my question is if i am fine during the evening hours do i take it? I don't want to get addicted to these pills as i just battled opiate addiction (200 days clean). I actually asked the dr for xanax and he told me this would be better since i am having the anxiety all day and that the Ativan can stay in my system without all the highs and lows.
Avatar f tn At that dosage and that short of time period I think you could just stop but I would check with your dr since benzo withdrawal can cause seizures......
1041243 tn?1375230520 It seems that you may not be taking the medication that you doctor gave you. The Ativan and clonodine will help you to sleep and the ativan will help prevent seizures and anxiety. Please take your doctors advise with the medication - you will get some sleep. Go to the AA meetings too - you will gain some valuable support. Best of luck and keep coming back.
Avatar n tn i have been on 0.5mg of ativan for about 2 months now and i am trying to get off of them...