Getting off of Ativan

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   Posted 3/27/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I used to post a lot on the Ulcerative colitis forum but only a few times here.  Turns out that I have microscopic colitis and I can control most symptoms with a strict gluten free and dairy free diet.
Anyways, I went to a new DR last night because I had to get my script of ativan refilled- I could not make apt with my usual Dr.  I told her that I had been on ativan for 2 years at 0.5 mg twice a day; I also take 75 mg of wellbutrin twice a day.  She did not like this and said there were better meds out there that treat both depression and anxiety but failed to mention any (I asked her a few times).  She also said that I need to get off the ativan.  I am supposed to take one 0.5 mg tab in the am and then 1/2 of a 0.5 mg tab at night for a week.  Then just a whole tab in the am for a week, then half of a tab in the am for a week and then none.  I asked her if the withdrawal could be more gradual but she said no.  I have an apt with my reg DR in 3 weeks to discuss this. 
What are these other meds she is talking about?  The one thing in depression meds I want to stay away from are ones that cause diahrrea and nausea because I have enough trouble with that already with my colitis.  Also ones that cause sexual side effects are not preferred since I am recently married.  Ones with weight gain as a side effect are WELCOME because I wouldnt mind the extra weight.
Also should I be tapering off ativan slower since I have been on it for 2 years?  Any suggestions that might help during this period of tapering... any good ways to distract yourself?
Thanks for your help.
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 

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   Posted 3/28/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Terps,

Although 3 weeks doesn't seem totally unreasonable for tapering off the medication, we really can't be giving that kind of advice as that is a question that your doctor should be answering.  The same thing holds true regarding the other meds your doctor spoke of.  If you experience any withdrawal symptoms, please be sure to contact your doctor immediately to discuss it.  I'm sorry I can't be of more help to you.


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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally I would talk to my OWN physician but that is me and Wen is right we cannot give out medical advice such as that my friend sorry ........

I have Crohns and I was on ativan i still take it when I flare on the Pyoderma BUT I am slowly weaned off I dont just come of like that .......Your call IMHO


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   Posted 3/28/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   

DOCTORS....!!!! They all have opinions.  If the ativan was working for you, please talk to your prescribing doctor about staying on it. We can't give medical advice, but good sense prescribes getting a second opinion on this. 

I suffer from IBS (nothing like you have to go through) but I find ativan really helps me in bad times..xx

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