some think that a dose lasts 24 hours but I dont, I agree with your ideas
also I think that if taken every night before bed it may interfere with your ability to fall asleep naturally
these benzo meds are best if taken as needed only, IMO.
Hi, I am well into withdrawing from Ativan but I did a gradual switch over to Valium which is the better drug to use for withdrawal. It is a long-acting, slowly metabolised benzodiazepine. It is one of the most slowly eliminated benzodiazepines. It has a half-life of up to 200 hours, which means that the blood level for each dose falls by only half in about 8.3 days.
I am having success using the Valium slow withdrawal method. I was on Ativan 4mg at bedtime.........= 40mg of Valium.
I copied the article in this link and off to my Pdoc I went, left the info with her so she could research it and she agreed to the methods on this site.
It may not be to your liking but I thought I would share it with you.
This is just for your infomation only. I am down to 11 mg of Valium a day. I now take 1mg in am and 10 mg at bedtime. Next week I drop the morning dose.
Thankyou both for replying.
I've got that article too Kitt, and I forgot to take it to my last pdoc appointment. That's the way I'd like to handle my withdrawal, atm they just down me and offer nothing to back it up. I saw my case worker today as well and was trying to tell her about what I wanted but I got told I should listen to my pdoc and that all pdocs have different ideas on how to do things.(I wish they'd remember all patients were all different as well)
I saw my GP last night and told her what was happening and how I wanted to do a slow wean as per the schedule set out by the Uni of Newcastle. She was fine with it so today I've started on .5mg x 3 times a day for a week rather then nightly and next week I'll do my first reduction and swap to valium.
I'm a little scared but I'll do my best at doing this.
Good for you, and the Valium works like a charm, so don't be scared. You are talking to a lady who has been on a benzo for 25 years................so now it is oging away and I am not having panic attacks and I am serving on jury duty.
I am getting up everyday and no freaking out due to anxiety.
Believe in you as I do.