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Good Morning Dr Anderson: I decreased the dosage this AM. So far feel good! Less dizzy this morning
Last night I did wake at 4am. Seems every day there are different withdrawal effects. So far tolerable.
QUESTION 1 Plse remind me again now that I have reduced from 1.75mg to 1.50mg will the withdrawal symptoms be most severe again on day 3 and 5?
QUESTION 2 MOST IMPORTANTLY Will they be standardly be worse than they were the first go around? I know everyone is different.
Day 3- I had rebound anxiety and depression,
Day 5-depressed, dizzy and a little higher but normal bp and heart rates with numbness in legs and left arm aches.
I really hate that I've been on this med for over a month now. Your spirit and info has been so helpful...I hope each reduction stays basically the same withdrawals or gets easier
QUESTION 3...Plse tell me the truth if it does get more difficult....you are a gem.
Greetings, and thank you for the follow-on questions! I'm glad you are doing better. Let me answer each question in turn:
(1) The peak severity, IF it happens, should be in that 3-5 day window. Hopefuly, it will not happen, though!
(2) Correct, everyone is different, but usually the withdrawal symptoms are not worse than the first go around. Why? Not really known, but one explanation that seems logical to me is with the first go-around it was a surprise and you didn't know what to expect. With subsequent ones you do, so you are not caught off-guard.
(3) Truth is something I strive for all days, all the time. :) The symptoms ought not to get more difficult, or severe. For some people, the very last bit of the medicine is the hardest to get off of because it seems like it is taking forever to do so. But, I do not think your symptoms and withdrawal will ramp up to worse than you had the first time.
Hang in there! Happy to be of service. :)
Hi Dr Anderson:
Need your expert opinion here.
As you know today I reduced my AM dosage first time to .25mg
Then at 1pm I also took the .25mg dosage.
here are some of the #'s today followed by my question:
9am 120/88 73
10am 120/90 p73
11am 114/87 p63
noon 114/91 70
after 1pm pill 121/90 65
2:30pm 117/83 74
4:00pm 103/72 p76 was outside
4:30pm came inside 117/85 p75
5pm LEFT ARM PAIN
My next pill is 7pm .50mg
went from low bp and higher pulse
to higher bp and lower pulse
QUESTION 1: is this part of the withdrawal syndrome...worried about left arm tightness
QUESTION 2: are these still within normal range of readings....
It now scares me to spend time outside with these drastic shifts.
QUESTION 3 :I have 2 hrs before next dosage...is this my body just getting use to day 1 of the second tapering?
QUESTION 4: First taper was sun Ju 10. Today was next taper Ju 15.
Question: Really impt for me to know this is NORMAL part of process that I shouldn't be concerned about or if so...what to do...
I count on you so much..and your advice and insights have been so helpful
Good Evening Dr Anderson:
First, thank you so very much for your detailed and informative answers. I just cut and paste this blip about ativan below
QUESTION: I seem to get chills and mouth sores and hypotension every couple of days.....why do they list this
as RARE but notify doctor. This isn't dangerous is it? Just
part of the drug's awful side effects????
Your re-assurance that this is not of great concern is highly appreciated. Thank you
Always Notify Doctor:
Less common: Anxiety; confusion (may be more common in the elderly); fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat; lack of memory of events taking place after benzodiazepine is taken (may be more common with triazolam); mental depression
Rare: Abnormal thinking, including disorientation, delusions (holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts), or loss of sense of reality; agitation; behavior changes, including aggressive behavior, bizarre behavior, decreased inhibition, or outbursts of anger; convulsions (seizures); hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); hypotension (low blood pressure); muscle weakness; skin rash or itching; sore throat, fever, and chills; trouble in sleeping; ulcers or sores in mouth or throat (continuing); uncontrolled movements of body, including the eyes; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability; unusual tiredness or weakness (severe); yellow eyes or skin
Thanks for your help.