Ativan (known generically as lorazepam) is a prescription medication used to treat a number of disorders including anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal and seizures. Part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, Ativan suppresses the central nervous system, inducing calm and relieving anxiety. It is widely prescribed as a short-term treatment for anxiety, however extended use–more than four weeks–can lead to dependence and addiction. People who abruptly stop taking Ativan after prolonged use often experience painful physical and mental symptoms known as Ativan withdrawal. Without medical help, Ativan withdrawal can be life-threatening. Symptoms include vomiting, tremors, and potentially fatal seizures.
The Risks of Stopping Ativan Cold Turkey
People who become addicted to Ativan may decide to abruptly stop taking the drug (known as going cold turkey). Abruptly stopping Ativan, like any benzodiazepine medication, is extremely dangerous and life-threatening. It is highly recommended that addicted users seek medical help at a detox facility or drug rehab center. There, clients can safely withdrawal from Ativan as medical staff gradually wean them off the drug in a process known as a taper.
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Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms
When it comes to common Ativan withdrawal symptoms, there is a lot of uncomfortable mental, physical, and emotional pain to expect. Symptoms may vary depending on the dosage taken, as well as the duration of Ativan use and abuse. With the proper professional treatment, symptoms can be lessened and things will get better. Here are some common signs and symptoms to expect out of this discomforting process.
- Loss of Appetite
- Numbness of Extremities
- Short-Term Memory Loss
- Abdominal Cramps
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Panic Attacks
- Suicidal Thoughts
Ativan Withdrawal Timeline
How long and how intense the process will be all depends on the individual’s genetic makeup, the dosage of the benzo, and how long the drug was taken. With the help of one of the medical professionals provided at a treatment center of your choice, this process can be done as painlessly as possible with little to no damage. It is not recommended to go cold turkey. If instantly stopping the intake of Ativan is done, seizures and death may occur. Here is a general timeline that can vary from person to person:
Ativan Withdrawal Rebound Symptoms
After acute benzo withdrawal, common symptoms are rebound insomnia and anxiety. What this means is that there are recurrent symptoms of anxiety and insomnia that aren’t necessarily consistent. It could rebound and reappear for months, or even years, later. A medical professional can help you manage this rough period, as well as your detox and further recovery.
Ativan Detox and Treatment
Benzo detox can be hard, but there are some medications that help to ease the symptoms that can be painful and even deadly. People who are addicted and are dependent on benzodiazepines benefit greatly from medically assisted detox and limit the amount of mental, emotional, and permanent physical damage to major organs and the brain.
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