I'm down to a very low dose of Lorazepam (.125 mg once/day) in my weaning process; however, I'm still experiencing horrible withdrawals... shakiness, jittery, breathlessness, headaches, etc and last night I was awakened in the middle of the night by panic attacks that made me wonder if I was dying. Tried to call my psych drs office several times and couldn't get through on the phone..it was either busy or it rang 20 times and no one answered so I went to see my family dr. She prescribed a Beta Blocker (10 mg. Propranolol) and said that it may help minimize some of the horrible withdrawal symptoms The only problem is I'm afraid to try to take it because the paperwork that the pharmacy gives you when you pick up medication specifically says that it is not recommended for use if you have asthma... and I have asthma. Does anyone know of maybe some other non-medication that might help me? I've read some things where people talk about chamomile tea, kava kava, and some other herbs.
Does the physician who prescribed the Propranolol know that you have asthma? It is only certain kinds of non-allergic bronchial asthma, Chronic Bronchitis (COPD), Emphysema that it is not recommended for. Call your family doc and ask her about using it with your kind of asthma. If you have allergy response asthma, you may be okay but talk to the doc about it first. If you have allergies and are allergic to ragweed, dont use chamomile tea. Chamomile is in the same family as ragweed and will trigger a cross allergy. Kava-Kave may work but it can take a while before you feel full benefits. Catnip (yes, in people) is a good anxiety relieving herb. Passion flower is another good one and is used in drug withdrawals a lot. Try going to a health food store and look and see if they have any anxiety relieving herbal combination tablets. They may be just enough to help.
Thank you so much for your kind response. In the early part of this year, I saw an allergist who tested me for ragweed and several other things by pin prick on the skin and by blood test and the tests showed no allergies, so my asthma is not triggered by allergies. I reminded my dr. about the asthma and asked her if the Propranolol would be a problem because of it and she said that because medication effects everyone differently, she couldn't guarantee whether it would be a problem or not. I've had problems with several medications making me feel like I can't breathe so I really don't want to roll the dice for a 50/50 shot at something that says not recommended for use if you have asthma. That's why I was hoping I could find an alternative to medication that might ease the withdrawals even if it's just a little bit. My withdrawal symptoms have been so severe that I had to take early retirement because I couldn't function at work. It's so bad that I'm not living, I'm just existing. Every day I cry and pray and wonder if I'll ever feel normal again.
- Lorazepam Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Lorazepam (detailed)
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