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Carefully: Ativan (lorazepam) is a valium derivative that is used for anxiety, tension, and for seizures. The side effect is sleepiness. Low doses are usually well tolerated and will relax you and allow usual function. Higher doses will put you to sleep. Understand why you are using it. Balance the benefit to the side effects. ...Read more
Was taking 4mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day for over 2 years.. Insurance coverage ran out and had to quit cold turkey. Any advice for safety or ease?
Ativan (lorazepam) withdrawal : if you knew this was going to happen I would immediately drop to 3 MG a day for 7 days then 2mg for 7 days the 1 MG for 7 and then 0.5mg for 7. If you don't have the warning it's best to reduce usage to maybe 1 MG a day and the 0.5 making your pills last as long as possible. Paying for them yourself following the first taper would work as well. Good luck ...Read more
Weaning off ativan (lorazepam) down to my last 6 pills been taking 0.75 a day now how do I wean with the last 6. 0.5 for a few days then half of that then quit?
The last dose: Depending the duration of use, the withdrawal is likely. Sometimes things get really bad after stopping the last dose. You should do this under medical supervision. An old method includes the use of Phenobarbital (an antiseizure medication), but there are other ways to slowly taper. Slowly means weeks for people on long term benzodiazepine use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been taking .5 ativan (lorazepam) twice a day for 3 weeks for anxiety as prescribed by my m.D. If i quit cold turkey will I have any withdrawal problems?
Ok my dr ain't in until monday this ativan (lorazepam) is not working aniexty is horrible can I quit and go back to my clonazepam what i was taking before ativan (lorazepam)?
Switching meds: None of us know you well enough to answer that question. You may to go to the er so they can help. ...Read more
A Mild Tranquilizer: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the benzodiazepine family of medications. Ativan when prescribed and taken appropriately can be used for the short-term relief of mild anxiety. It is addictive and has potential for abuse. Close monitoring is important. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest interval. Other members of this family include valium, xanax, (alprazolam) and klonopin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer