Taper off Ativan with a unique in-home method

Ativan is one of the most prescribed medications in the United States leaving too many dependent, having no idea that they are taking an addictive benzodiazepine. 

Ativan, being a high-potency, short-acting benzodiazepine, has a high addiction potential and therefore is only recommended for short-term use (7-10 consecutive days) but tolerance to Ativan’s effects can occur even with short-term use. Withdrawal symptoms include rebound insomnia, anxiety, fear, pain, agoraphobia and the inability to engage life. The benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can cause mild to extreme symptoms, including seizures and psychosis if abruptly discontinued or decreased too quickly. Ativan is more likely to cause severe withdrawals compared to longer-acting benzodiazepines and therefore a gradual dose reduction is necessary to minimize symptoms.

Even tapering slowly can cause debilitating symptoms and this is where our nonprofit can help you by naturally calming the benzo fire. To learn more about our tapering program click here.

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Ativan abupt discontinuation symptoms may include:

Abrupt discontinuation of treatment may be accompanied by extreme withdrawal symptoms including headaches, terror, increased anxiety, fear, depression, insomnia, restlessness, confusion, irritability, sweating, rebound phenomena, extreme fatigue, dizziness, derealization or depersonalization, over-sensitivity to sound, numbness/tingling of extremities, hypersensitivity to light or noise, physical contact/perceptual changes, involuntary movements, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, hallucinations/delirium, convulsions/seizures, abdominal cramps, muscle pain, agitation, heart palpitations, tachycardia, panic attacks, over-responsive reflexes, short-term memory loss, and elevated or lowered body temperature.

Ativan side effects may include:

dizziness, sedation (excessive calm), unsteadiness, weakness, agitation, change in appetite, depression, eye function disorders, headache, memory impairment, mental disorientation, nausea, skin problems, sleep disturbance, stomach, intestinal disorders, tolerance and dependency. abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear




Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:




abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear

What is Ativan?

    (Lorazepam, Temesta, Lorabenz)

    Ativan is a short acting benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) that has sedative/hypnotic, amnesic (memory disturbance), anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant qualities. Since 1971, Ativan has been primarily prescribed to treat the symptom of anxiety. However, a study performed in Göttingen Germany, concluded that compared to other benzodiazepines, Ativan has a high addiction potential and can cause psychological and physical dependency.  Also, the potent amnesic effect makes it less desirable for daily use as it can impair memory. The efficacy for the use of Ativan in treating anxiety is greatly diminished within a few months, requiring dose increases to maintain effects. This is known as tolerance.  Suddenly stopping the drug can bring on such severe withdrawal symptoms. Tapering is always recommended.

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I am now off the Ativan. I felt great and did a slow taper.

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