Has Anyone tried to withdraw from Ativan and Imovane(ambien)

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freename
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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone
 
I am on 8mg Prednisone (taper) chloroquine, methotrexate, wellbutrin, folic acid and find that I am dependent on Ativan and Imovane (ambien).
I had started a slow taper on Ativan, but found that in Dec I had to up my Prednisone to 20 mg for 3 days then decline accordingly. Since then my
anxiety has been profound and I find that I have gone from 1-3 mg a day up to 4mg a day. I am constantly nervous and really feeling despondent very often.
I don't know where to begin, but I know that these meds are not helping me anymore. Has anyone found a safe way to withdraw from either or both?
 
Thank
 
Liz
 
MCTD- Lupus,Scleroderma,myositis -Prednisone,chloroquine,methotrexate,wellbutrin,ativan,imovane,folic acid- lots of supplements

Ginny
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Liz,
 
Oh, I am right there with you.  I'm on Clobazam (Frisium). It's a benzodiazapine, just like Ativan. I'm tapering off mine too. You have to go REALLY slow.
 
I taper 2.5mg every 6 weeks. At the 3-4 week mark, my body realizes that it's not getting the same dose as before and my anxiety and nervousness goes crazy for a few days.  Then it goes away.  I give myself a couple weeks of feeling fine, then I taper again.
 
It's going to take me 2 years to taper off of the 40mg dose I was on.  Ya, 40mg!!! The drug was used to control my simple partial seizures. At 40mg, it wasn't working, so my neuro started this taper for me. 
 
Benzodiazapines are extremely dependant forming. So go really slow.
 
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions okay.
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus
 
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freename
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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   

My GP started me at .25 every 2 weeks, but I stopped that at christmas when I had so many problems with my hands. The worst of it is I know I am dependent on them and I am finding that my anxiety is getting worse. I think I am going back to him this week to figure things out. I feel like Im always in that 'flight or fight' nervousness and then i drop in exhaustion. I know this can't be good for my other issues either.

Ginny did your doctor suggest putting on another type of benzo that is long acting?- My gp had mentioned about giving me another anti-depressant which controls anxiety too, but I think that is going from one bandaid to another?

 

Liz


Ginny
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Liz,
 
No. Even if he had suggested a different benzo, I would have refused it.  The benzo I'm on (Clobazam/Frisium) is considered long lasting. What is interesting is that the less of it I'm on, the easier the taper is becoming.  I'm on 10mg now and I haven't had any of the withdrawl side effects this go-round. 
 
I agree with you that going from one bandaid to another is not the solution.  I want to solve my anxieties with other means!
 
Let me know how you make out okay?
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus
 
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puccini914
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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I've been on Ambien now for about 6 months and I love the fact that I can actually sleep soundly through the night, not feel pain and wake up actually feeling somewhat rested.  I am also addicted to my pain meds (lortab 5mg), but I can't take any of the NASIDS or Ultram dur to severe outbreaks of hives.  I've had Lupus for a year and a half, progressively getting worse since the brith of my second child.  The joint pain and fatigue are the worst.  For now, I don't really care what I'm addicted to because my pain relief options are so narrow and I need as much rest as I can.  I don't work, but I have a 6 year old and 19 month old, both boys that have absolutely no fatigue issues ever.  I've decided that whatever helps me get through the day and keep up with them is a necessity reguardless of addiction.  Am I so far off base with this.  I do worry that it will come back to haunt me, but my doctor is very compassionate and would not cut me off the drugs just because I've been on them long enough.  He would discuss it with me and find some other substitute.  I've accepted the fact that medications will now be a part of my life and I'm really only seeking to improve the quality of life with my family, but I still worry about the long term effects.  What do you guys think?

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 

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