What is the best taper schedule to get off of this drug?
okay i havent done a benzo taper so if anyone else can help answer who has it might be better to listen to them (and or a doc). i would say going down by 1/2 a pill a week to two weeks (personaly i would try every week and a half) would be the best (you can either cut the pill with a pillcutter or crush it and put 1/2 or 2/3 or w/e amount into a cup of water and take it that way). you this will definatly make it harder to sleep, as well produce withdrawals that are the opposit of what they treat
Do you take the ativan prior to go to bed. I was prescribed ativan 3mg I took 1 1 1/2 before bed and 2mg at bedtime. This was used to help relax me before I went to sleep. I would say depending on how you were taking it there might be a easier way to wein by decreasing the dose through out the day You really need to talk to your doc since it may totally screw you up. I am giving you this advice about talking to you Doctorbecause I have tried the weining thing by myself and it never turned out good. I wish you Good Luck and I hope pleasant sleep.
This is not an easy one so you are going to have to take it slow... very slow, get a good pill cutter at your pharmacy (bout $3-4.00) and I would only try going down about .5 mg per week if possiable, if you are unable to cut them small enough and can only go down 1 mg and can still get to sleep that would be great but I would still go slow..1 mg per week , then third week do .5 mg at a time and see how you are doing. If you find this to hard ask your doctor for help, luckly for you that you have only been on this med for 2 months, it wont be as hard, pls try to get off asap as this is horriably addictive and can ruel your life. Good Luck & Good Bless!
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