Thursday, September 09, 2010

Addicted to Ativan?

Q: Addicted to Ativan?
What is the best way to wean myself off of the Ativan I have been using for a number of years for anxiety disorder?

A: Ativan (lorazepam) is one of the benzodiazepines, so-called tranquilizers and anti-anxiety agents, which, unfortunately, can be habit-forming. If you stop taking the drug abruptly, you can develop the symptoms for which you were being treated: anxiety, agitation, irritability, tension, insomnia and, sometimes, convulsions. (Addiction to benzodiazepines is common and equal in severity to alcohol addiction, which it resembles.) Since you say you have been taking the drug for several years, you may have become physically and psychologically dependent on it. Read more...

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