Ativan Withdrawal and Detox

Ativan Withdrawal and DetoxGiving up Ativan will not be easy. But once you’ve been diagnosed with Ativan dependency by a physician or addiction specialist it is absolutely necessary to do so, before your health is further impaired. Enrolling in a medically-supervised detox program will reduce the hazardous as well as easy the discomfort of Ativan withdrawal.

Unfortunately, like all benzodiazepines, lorazepam products can cause fierce withdrawal symptoms when use ceases, including1:

  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Hypersensitivity to light, noise and touch
  • High body temperatures
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and abdominal cramping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Feelings of unreality and dissociation
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Convulsions or seizures

Your recovery from Ativan addiction should begin in a medically-supervised detox program offered by a licensed drug and alcohol rehab facility. Medically-supervised detox helps you avoid hazardous and unpleasant side effects. These side effects, will as a result, will peak in intensity after three or four days and can endure for up to two weeks.

Medical Detox Can Better manage your Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms

Here, over the course of 7-to-10 days, your withdrawal symptoms will be carefully managed and monitored on a 24-hour basis by trained medical professions, who understand the challenges of overcoming benzodiazepine addiction. You will have full access to a range of general medical and psychological services, which can be highly beneficial if you have other physical or mental health issues that accompany your Ativan addiction, given that many clients in detox do.

Rather than quitting Ativan abruptly, your daily dosages of the drug will gradually be reduced. The reduction will take the edge off the withdrawal symptoms you experience in the same fashion prevent the most serious symptoms from manifesting at all. This will make your Ativan withdrawal process more bearable and protect you from the urge to begin using the drug again.

Buspirone (Buspar) and Flumazenil (Romazicon) are two medications often prescribed during benzodiazepine addiction detox2 3. The former is a short-term remedy for rebound anxiety, which is common during benzodiazepine withdrawal, while the latter is an anti-overdose drug that can reduce the intensity of multiple withdrawal symptoms associated with longer-acting benzodiazepines (of which lorazepam is one).

If your dependency is severe, as a result your detox can be extended beyond the normal 10-day period. Once your symptoms of withdrawal have stabilized, you will move on to formal treatment, where you will focus on the psychological and emotional aspects of your recovery.

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  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ativan (lorazepam) Tablets, Rx Only.
  2. Morton, S. and Lader, M. Buspirone Treatment as an Aid to Benzodiazepine Withdrawal. 
  3. Hood, Sean David et al.  Benzodiazepine Dependence and its Treatment with Low-Dose Flumazenil.
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