I am just getting over a bad case of acute bronchitis. My doc prescribed 1mg Lorazepam for anxiety and insomnia. Now, 1 month later I stopped taking it 2 days ago. Having withdrawal symptoms worst of which is extreme dry mouth. Chest is also achy and burning, which may be bronchitis. Should I go back on it and taper off? Last took just 1/4 of the 1mg but also added 3mg melotonin to sleep. Is that a good way to avoid withdrawal? I've slept 2 hrs in the last 2 days.
It is always best to taper off the benzodiazepines such as lorazepam. Stopping abruptly can cause serious adverse reactions such as seizure. I would resume the lorazepam at 0.5mgs a day and taper by staying at 0.5mgs a day for at least a week than drop to 0.25mgs for another week before stopping.
- Lorazepam Information for Consumers
- Lorazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lorazepam (detailed)
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