Got hooked on opiates by doctors script... an accident. Went to detox to get off opiates and they stopped my Lorazepam 2mg at bedtime just because. Now I am off opiates, but hurting bad from Benzo withdrawl. Didn't even know it would be an issue. Am back on benzo's to do the taper... here is the problem. I was 2mg at bedtime for sleep for almost 8 years. I know I have to spread it acrosss the day and am trying .5mg/6 hours. The idea is to convert to another med and taper properly (like damn slow!) Problem is the withdrawl is horrible and I can't get stable... why? Because of converting night to a spread across the day? I was all the way off for 2 weeks not even knowing why I fealt bad until someone said I was in secendary withdrawl from Benzodiazapines... HELP
I have in the long distant past done a withdrawel from temezepam and i remember at that time suffering for approx 3 weeks.I found it a very slow process as with all addictive substances!!i cant offer any advice other than to be strog and it is sometimes best to just go cold turkey rather than replacing one drug with another.i wish u lots of sucess and it can be done,even if it doesnt feel that way right now.Best wishes to u.
why are you taking it in the day, were you before? if not now your body is depending on getting that now during the day. if you wanted to wean from just bedtime then do it just at bedtime don't spread it out during the day, then your body want's it in it's system constently, compared to just at night.
Stopping the lorazepam cold turkey can result in a seizure. anyway, you can taper off the lorazepam by returning to your 2 mg dose at night only. Then tapering 0.5 mgs every week to two weeks taking at least a month to get off the medication. There is no need to spread through out the day as it is a longer acting medication anyway.
Best wishes and hope you feel better soon,
I dont believe in stopping anything cold, thats just ME!. I came off xanax 15yrs ago, but under a doc care, but it took me finding the right doc. I was cut down every so often and it was terrible, but I made it. But of course now Im back on them but I have to be, so I know it I ever come off its not going to be fun. I feel the same as Laurie.
I too quit Xanax cold turkey( in jail ) it was hell. But I quit it again a few years later by switching to clonazepam( klonopin) it was pretty easy. And am so glad I did it. I went from Xanax 1 mg 3 times a day. To klonopin 1 mg 2 times a day. I'm now down to once a day. These klonopin last so long that I can't tell when I really need my next pill. Soon I will be lowering my dose again gradually. But def try the klonopin. Lorazepam is pretty weak and not as long lasting
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