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Tried to taper off 2 mg of ativan within a month. Finally

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Tried to taper off 2 mg of ativan within a month. Finally stopped taking for the past 2 weeks withdrawals were horrible. Started to take ativan again to begin a slower taper but doesnt work past 1-2 hours...broken up 2 mg throughtout the day. the waves of anxiety keep coming back stronger. Why and will it end?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear about your situation.

It is, at times, very tough to get off medications like ativan as your body and brain has become dependant on it.

The best thing to do would be to reduce the dose as slowly as you possibly can by reducing the dose 5-10% each week.

You can do that by using pill cutters that are available in the market or by the juice method whereby you dissolve the tablet in juice or liquid and then discard 5-10% of it and increase that every week.

Ideally speaking this should all be done under the guidance of your psychiatrist who are well-versed in this.

This session is open for any further questions that you may have.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i understand a new taper but since restarting ativan, why are anxiety waves more severe? Seems ativan doesnt help relieve them. Does the body need to get used to ativan again? Will the waves stop?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Are you on any other medications for your anxiety like lexapro?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just remeron to help with sleep. Thinking of going back to effexor...beens a few years since i took and ssri burn my stomach. Tried a few with no luck. Wonder if starting effexor will replace the need for ativan and also stop the waves i have had since withdrawals started and didn't stop once ativan was reinstated.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Remeron is not only to help with your sleep but is also a medication that is supposed to help with your anxiety as well as it is an antidepressant and anxiolytic.

Effexor, if it worked previously, may work much better for you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about the anxiety waves not going away?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

You need a medication to help such as lexapro or changing remeron to something else to help with your anxiety waves.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

I would strongly recommend that you be seen by a psychiatrist to help with your symptoms if you are not doing that already.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

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