I have been on 0.5mg X 2 per day for about 3 years now. I recently switched Drs (the one I saw moved) and the new Doc wants me off of Ativan and Wellburtrin and put on Paxil. I never really felt the wellburtin helped all that much b/c I was first put on Ativan. First day on ativan stomach ache went away, anxiety cleared, felt like a new life. Then I guess I got used to the dose and anxiety has been ok at best ever since. I dont know why I was on ativan for so long- but before my first Dr left he said if I wanted to get off of Ativan to do so over 3 months. The new Dr only gave me 30 0.5 mg pills (good for 15 days at 2 per day) and said to use those to get off of ativan.
I always thought ativan would have to be tapered slower than that.
I was thinking about doing 1 mg every other day and 3/4 mg every other day for one week
Then switch to 3/4 mg every day for a week
Then to 3/4 every other day and 1/2 every other day for a week
Then 1/2 for a week
then 1/4 every other day and 1/2 every other day for a week
Then 1/4 for a week
Then 1/4 every other day for a week
Then get off
But I dont have enough pills for this plan. I already tried to go from 1 mg a day to 0.5 mg a day and I felt like I was in a haze all day.
Will the Paxil help with Anxiety? Should I be taking the Paxil while withdrawaling from the ativan? Any help on this situation would be appreciated.
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
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great