... a day to day Bases. I'm on 15mg and I can't go out of the house without taking 5 to 10 mg, my doctor has put me up from 10mg to 15mg per day because I was over using, I have been on these for years now there apart of my life there apart of me. Oh and I'm on 25mg of Nitrazepam
Have you tried or thought about trying an antidepressant that also treats anxiety? You are kinda above the upper limit for lorazepam is why I ask. You would have to taper the lorazepam once you found the right antidepressant to prevent withdrawals, but at least you wouldn't have to keep increasing the dosage.
Hi Charlton 1971. I've been on Ativan /Lorazepam every day of my life since 1980, I'm now 57, I started on 1 mg when feeling anxious but gradually built up to 4mg, and for the last 14 years have been taking 15mg every single day. The docs in the UK fall off their chair if I visit and neet a prescription, they don't believe it and refuse, but here in Spain no problem. Over the years the tolerance level builds up, I used to self-medicate and, like you, sometimes would have to take up to 10mg before I could leave the house. Counselling was a great help to me in the 80s, I was almost off them, but the funding dried up and once again I was on my own. Nowadays, with more and more people out there dependent on "Hard drugs" I feel I'm part of the "forgotten generation", the docs are scared of being sued so just want you off asap and think nothing of a weaning off programme. That said, I also take 225mg Effexor sr and have been on these for some 16 years. I know lots of people on here have mixed feelings about Effexor but for me they changed my life around, they gave me the confidence to go out and, together with the lorazepam, I now lead as normal a life as anybody else, my quality of life is very good. I also take meds for high blood pressure and, more recently, for arthrosis of the knee, so there's a hell of a lot of chemicals rattling around in my body, but hey, I have a renewed zest for living, and don't get really depressed or moody. I know I'm a "legalized junkie" very dependent on these drugs, I know if I can't get my script in time i quickly start having very strong withdrawal symptoms, but I take it all in my stride now and get on with living. It would be great to find a counsellor for CBT sessions, but as they are few and far between, unless private and pay a fortune, I am happy with my lot, there's no point in being bitter or angry with docs who first prescribed me these things with no warnings, they were new to the market and these "happy pills" were the perfect solution for docs and patients alike. So, all in all, I would say to you you need to find your "ceiling", what is the best for you to level out, if you have supportive gp, great, if not, use this site for advice and try not to become over anxious, it's a vicious circle. Good look, I, and many others, are here for you. Take care,
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