15 years ago I was prescribed Ativan 1.0mg just 6 months ago I asked my doctor to cut the amount in half but I tried but could not and started taking the .5 twice a day and then 24 days ago I stopped cold turkey, my blood pressure spiked at the doctor's office. 4 days ago on June 11, 2012, I had a blood pressure of 165/92 and I had had fluctuating blood pressures from 138/80 to 142/80 with accassional spikes in blood pressure to 155 to 165 over 90. Because of my most recent blood pressure reading my doctor put me on Amlodipine 5mg once a day and wants to do a 3 week follow up. I realize my blood pressure is high but realize I read many cases where Cold Turkey of a Benzodiazepine like Lorazepam, aka Ativan, and it's been 24 days since I had one of these Ativan pills, that blood pressure can and in deed does often become elevated. My main concern is, since this is the case with me, Can I expect my blood pressure, to go down to a level once I have gone off Ativan for a long enough time make it possible for me to stop taking the Calcium Channel Blocker Amlodipine or do I have to take this for the rest of my life even after Ativan withdrawal symptoms go away in time and I start a more healthy regimen of exercise and proper diet and weight loss? I am 203 pounds and 54 years male.