My psych switched me from Xanax to Ativan in January to help with newly recurring panic episodes. We also decided to switch from Effexor to Lexapro this past week which I titrated down fairly slowly. My Ativan dose has been 0.5mg in a.m. and mid afternoon, then 1mg at night forover 2 mos. I've been doing better so for the past few days have not taken the 2 daytime doses - just the one at night. Earlier this evening tho, I had a bout of diarrhea after dinner as we were heading to a movie. About 45 mins into the show I started feeling very anxious so we had to leave! (We were able to get a refund) but on the way home I began horrible body shaking and tremors so bad my teeth were chattering and I wasnt even cold! I immediately took 1mg of the Ativan and my nightly Atenolol 25mg. It took over 2 hrs for me to start feeling any relief and quit shaking! Could this have happened just because I deleted the daily doses of Ativan for a few days?
The answer to your question is that anything is possible with benzos and withdrawal.it sounds like you might have a bug and then combine it with the reduction in Meds and you had a perfect storm
I am not a big fan of Meds like Xanax and Attivan but do understand why they are prescribed but for every good story I have 3 or more that are addictive or symptoms of withdrawal even from a small dose
I would taper off the Meds every 3 days going to a lower dose
I didnt realize there were withdrawl symptoms associated with Ativan. Well that explains why I get the "sundowing" symptoms I get in the afternoons. I haven't taken an Ativan in two days, and feel better (if not a little shaky this morning) but I did notice when I would stop taking them I would shake terribly, which since I'm on Zoloft wasn't sure what was causing it. Ugh, this is all so very confusing.
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