Withdrawal from Ativan needs to be methodical and gradual. Click How
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Safely. Ativan withdrawal can be accomplished.
Ativan withdrawal is accomplished by using a pre-taper method for the first
week or two and then, after you feel very well again and stable, gradually
reducing the Ativan. The Road Back program does not suggest you switch to a
different medication, such as valium, and then taper off the Valium.
You were probably prescribed Ativan for anxiety, however, as you now know
the Ativan withdrawal side effect is also anxiety. Many people become confused about
this anxiety; is it a return of the old anxiety or is the anxiety part of
Ativan withdrawal. One way to tell; if the anxiety started after you reduced
the anxiety, it is probably Ativan withdrawal. If you developed anxiety
again before reducing the Ativan, it can be due to tolerance and the current
Ativan dosage simply does not work any longer or the anxiety can just be a
common side effect of taking the Ativan.
The key to getting off Ativan is to do a few things before you even start
reducing the Ativan in order to lower the odds of Ativan withdrawal. Slow
and steady will win the race with Ativan withdrawal.
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Ativan info from National Institutes of Health
To search the FDA web site for Ativan