thanks for your very informative response. so coming back to my problem since I took xanax for 10 years even if in small dosage and switched 3 weeks ago to lorazepam without any tapering from xanax, how long should I expect to have horable symptoms until my body forgets xanax and gets stable with lorazepam....in your opinion and experience? my intention is to wean off lorazepam but now that I have a therapist she told me that it'll take some time until I'm ready for weaning off. I'm taking now 4-4.5 mg lorazepam to cover the xanax i used to take 3 weeks ago (almost 2 -2.5mg)...
waiting for your response to my question....thanks again
Great, here is the question....i feel that it's getting better in the last 2 days with the nausea and appetite. i also saw a nutritionist to help me with the sluggish stomach and GERD. Two things that I knew how to handle since I don't eat spicy food, drink coffee, alchool or other stuff that's not good for GERD but it's true that sometimes I overeat, which is not what you think of overeating but for my stomach it is. so giving all of these and this transition period from xanax to lorazepam, what would you suggest as a long term plan for me b/.c I don't want to treat my anxiety with lorazepam. I got a therapist and we need to have a long term plan when to start weanning off this benzo and i don't want either to swich to something else again and wean off that one.
How long should I stay on lorazepam (when it gets stable and have no rebound from xanax) and in the meantime work with hte therapist to learn how to deal with this axiety, my friend. When should I start thinking of weanining off lorazepam? pls share with me your opinion based on your experience and knowlege and what's best for me giving all the other circumstances. Keep in mind that I have a job so we need to count this in.
Looking forward to talk to you again tonight,
thanks much for your elaborate response. no, i don't take any anti depressant so one problem less. so to understand better what your suggestion is:
1. wait until I'm stable on Lorazepam - this might take to wait for the transition to finish and then to get stable so i'm looking at another 4 weeks for the transition (i am in the 4th week now) plus another 4 weeks of stabilizing before I start working with diazepam....is this right? this is just for me to work with my doc and therapist. sometimes docs here pushes you to move permanentely on the something long term that is also adictive (but long term) and this is something I dont want....
pls let me know if i understand correctly....
sorry for the delay in my response.....my preference would be to not try or go through other medicine like diasepam...in this case, how do you see the withdrawl plan and how slow should it go? I am not concerned about timing but the success of the plan and less unconfortable symptoms.
The symptoms of withdrawal include nausea,bloating,dysphagia,abdominal cramps,anxety,nervousness,sudden mood swings,body aches,flu like syptoms including fatigue,body ache and joint pains,agitation,irritability,twitching of eyes ,tremors,breathlessness and other symptoms.
These occur because fractionating the doses of lorazepam is difficult and withdrawal symtoms often occur on reducing or stoping the drug.
http://www.non-benzodiazepines.org.uk/lorazepam.html is a site of interest.
thanks much...here are I in 5th week since I stopped xanax and swiched to Lorazepam. I have days when I can eat better and no nausea but I still have many days when I am experiencing this nausea...it's the most annoying thing for me. Is there any natural stuff I can use to aliaviate this nausea? should I trie to not eat later than 6 or 6:30pm? I stay basically on cream of weat in the morning, boiled eggs, cottage cheeze, I introduced peanut butter with marmalade, matched potatoes with carrots, zuchini, fish. all these are in small portion and as bread, I'm using now the german zweiback (double baked fine dry bread), lots of water, sometimes cammomile tea or decaf green tea....but what else can i do? appreciate your opinion. thanks
mostly the nausea is in the morning....here is I take this lorazepam:
1mg - 7am
1mg - noon
0.5 - 5:30 - 6pm
2mg - bedtime
i think that's not smart to try to go down with the dosage now, while I;m not stable yet, what do you think?
sorry , but i think you forgot that i stopped xanax a month ago. how do you know that I'm not experience the withdrawl symptoms from xanax...can you read again the entire thread? thanks