Posted by myco on March 28, 2009, at 17:44:43
In reply to Re: to get off ativan can you switch directly valium, posted by Drew stat on March 28, 2009, at 17:10:23
Youre almost there. You went cold turkey...you learned a lesson. I dont think you need a specialist for this but it couldnt hurt. Just take you ativan as you have it now and cut it into 3rds or 4ths and take 2/3 or 3/4 for a few days then go again...until you hit sides. then stop wait....go up a tiny bit if you must then wait then down again. Use a herbal or something then if you want to avoid meds...I can tell you scullcap tincture (has been used for valium withdrawal), niacinimade (part of vitamin B3) has benzo affinities and can be useful, magnesium citrate - again benzo affinities. You can do this without more meds but it just makes it easier. Common sense my friend....listen to your body. You are not that far from being med free so dont cave under anxiety or depression yet ok...fight it youre nearly there. Then you will feel so much better that you beat it. Just DONT do the cold turkey thing ok...john wayne is dead and W is out of office...we dont need more cowboys.
> I took the ativan to help get with the withdrawal off antidepressant. one addiction to the next. I have only ever had moderate OCD and want to handle it with therapy.
> Tuesday I tried going off it totally( I didn't realize 3.5 weeks was enough for dependence) horrible withdrawal, pacing-panic attacks- brain felt weird- terrible depression-felt like i was going crazy. I must say I am very med sensitive. Not until last night did I realize I will just have to go to my 1mg 2X a day again. I am seeing a specialist Tuesday to help.
> I guess I am just very disheartened that to get off one drug i am on a new one that seems even harder to get off. Reading that slooow titration method is even more depressing as you said because at a relatively low dose for less than a month going that slow will take forever and the WHOLE IDEA WAS TO GET OFF MEDS!!!