Posted by myco on March 28, 2009, at 16:29:41
In reply to to get off ativan can you switch directly valium, posted by Drew stat on March 28, 2009, at 16:20:15
This isnt recommended as not all benzo's are created equal. Ashton's manual for benzodiazepine withdrawal explains in detail how to get off ativan using valium.
The site is here: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/
Under "Chapter II. Slow withdrawal schedules" you will find a chart with the title:
"Schedule 3. Withdrawal from lorazepam (Ativan) 6mg daily with diazepam (Valium) substitution. (6mg lorazepam is approximately equivalent to 60mg diazepam"
This will guide you step by step (day by day) using valium to slowly decrease the ativan replacing it with valium then decreasing the valium. It's a long road but I've heard many success stories with this strategy.
> Have been taking ativan 1mg 2X a day realizing now I am dependent after having horrible time trying to just stop it. Everything I have read seems to suggest switching to valium then a slow taper. My question is can you directly switch to an equivalent dose of valium from ativan?? please advise!