Withdrawl symptoms?

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   Posted 4/24/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
 I was taking ativan for a little over a year. I went off of it about a month ago. I didn't like the side effects it had on me. I often felt like my heart was beating really fast on it. I don't have medical currently so I didn't see a doctor before I went of off it.
 I only took it at night. I tried to wean myself off of it but I felt worse. A week or two after I got off of it I started having headaches. I recently found out that my blood pressure is really high. I went to a medical doctor and he said it could be withdrawl symptoms. He has given me something else to help lower my blood pressure.
 My question is could the high blood pressure be a withdrawl symptom? Or was the ativan helping to keep my blood pressure down?
 I have always been told that I have alot of energy. I was taking the ativan to help me relax at night and help me get over a breakup. Lately I have been having trouble sleeping and feeling like I am jumping in my sleep. I guess it's anxiety attacks maybe.

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   Posted 4/25/2007 2:29 AM (GMT -7)   


I doubt ativan was causing the heartbeat, anxiety or stress often makes the heart hammer or beat fast

some exercise or long walks would reduce your energy and help to calm you

anxiety can cause the BP to increase so maybe your anxiety is now up due to quitting the ativan

If you got BP meds I hope they are the beta blocker type as these are best for anxiety

nocturnal panic attacks  a re possible, there are descriptions of panic attacks on the net

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