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I may have already posted this, so please forgive me if it's a repeat....I also apologize for the length, but I want to be sure I include the pertinent details:
I was prescribed lorazepam (Ativan) by my GP on August 8 to help with my anxiety symptoms...the instructions were to take an 0.5mg tablet once or twice per day on an "as needed" basis. Being a bit medication-phobic (that's an understatement!), I took 0.25mg (1/2 tablet) once every few days on average for the first five or so weeks, sometimes taking that same dose once per day for a few days in a row, but never more than three days in a row, and always with at least a couple (or three or four) days in between. On September 21, I took 0.25mg and took the same dose for the next nine days (ten days total), although on two of those days, I only took 0.125mg (1/4 tablet)....I've not taken any since Tuesday, September 30.
Because I'm a compulsive Google-user, I have read A BUNCH of horror stories about abruptly discontinuing lorazepam, and am terrified that I'm going to have convulsions or a seizure or become psychotic or perhaps even die because I've stopped taking the medication.
I desperately want to NOT be taking this drug any longer, but I am truly in a panic about discontinuing....I called my GP and he assured me (as did my psych doc) that a dose that low, taken that irregularly over the relatively short time I did "should not" cause me any life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Of course, I'm fixated on the "should not" statement, and have convinced myself (with the help of the internet) that I'm in serious danger.
Does anyone have any experience with discontinuing these types of drugs (benzos) after a usage pattern similar to what I've described above (as opposed to high-dose/long-term usage)? I'd appreciate any comments you might be able to offer...but please no terrifying stories (I've already read enough of those).
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