ativan withdrawal questions

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KMM13
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 9/7/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
So I saw my pdoc yesterday, and after discussing with him some of the weird depersonalization, washed out, depressed kind of feelings I've been having all of a sudden, he concluded that the ativan might be depressing me and causing some paradoxial anxiety because of it.  Therefore, he said he wants me to stop taking it.  I've been taking between .5mg and 1mg a night at bedtime, only for about 6 weeks.  He said just to stop cold turkey, and he wants to switch me to Buspar.  I've read that ativan withdrawal can be rough, and also read that buspar doesn't really combat that withdrawal any.  What can I expect to go through here?  I've read seizures are possible...I'd imagine he wouldn't advise me to go cold turkey if that were a real threat, but I'm a worrier (obvioiusly, that's why I'm here), so it's concerning me...how long before I go into withdrawal, and how long will it last?  I skipped my dose last night, and the foggy depressed feeling has lifted but now I'm feeling pretty keyed up and agitated...not sure if I should just take a 1/4 pill to take the edge off and risk the depressive side effects, or ride this out?
28 year old female diagnosed with Crohn's and anxiety. Currently taking Pentasa 1gm/day and lorazepam 1mg/day.

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