Can Ativan help with Effexor withdrawal?
Question posted by CareBear34 on 24 March 2017
Last updated on 27 March 2017 by ahyperdoc
Hey CareBear. While lorazepam (Ativan) and other benzodiazepines can reduce the anxiety and general "heeby jeeby" feelings associated with withdrawal from Effexor, it also can have a rebound effect when it comes to vertigo and hence may actually accentuate the feeling of dizziness and/or nauseousness. Not to scare you from using Ativan altogether just use with caution. The other quite bothersome symptoms of Effexor withdrawal tend to be neurologic in nature and include visual auras, seeing spots; the (perceived) loss of peripheral sight and also--one that I personally experienced--a feeling or sound like a minor electric shock within the head upon moving the eyes from side-to-side. Sadly, benzos such as Ativan have little to NO palliative effect on these type of withdrawal symptoms. The best way to go about weeing off of Effexor with the least amount of side-effects--in my personal and professional opinion--is to do a slow, extended taper off of the medication; titrating down the dose in very small increments. The take home is that although Ativan may provide some relief from your withdrawal symptoms, it can be tricky and may actually exacerbate some of them. I suggest only using it as a minor adjunct and ONLY under the supervision of an experienced doctor/therapist/clinician. I hope you feel better soon, CareBear34. Hang in there. As always, my best to you. >> RAY.
CareBear34; yes it is possible that this Ativan could help you some with the Effexor withdrawals but at the same time you should be tapering down on the Effexor while taking the Ativan to help calm down your system. But there really is no sure way of getting off the Effexor without the doctors help and having the doctor give you a list of how much Effexor to go down each drop. Do not just stop the Effexor without tapering it down or you well go through some major side effects and withdrawals even if you're taking the Ativan tablets. hope this well help you some. Any more questions please let us know with another post and myself or someone else well gets back to you. have a good night.
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