I thought I had the record but Lyn has beat me.
I have been on one of the benzos for 25 years for anxiety and a hand tremor as well as for sleep.
At the time I was most ill I was taking 4 mg of Ativan every night at bedtime. That was in November 2005. In Decemberof 2006 my P-doc decided I should wean off benzos as they were not good for me.............huh? 25 years it took them to decide that???
I am using a very slow weaning process and I started in Jan of 2007 after the stress of holidays. I substituted Valium for the Ativan as Valium is longer acting. Ativan 4mg= 40 mg of Valium. It has been hard as the week I drop down I can feel the difference for the first 4-5 days. I am currently on 1 mg of Valium in AM and 10 mg in PM. (Hey that is down 29 mg)
When I am off the Valium completely.............what happens? I don't know but if I feel I need something...............I will request it and I won't be hesitant
If you have the med and you feel the need to use it do not suffer just because your Dr. is making unnecessary comments.
I think some Drs. like to "be the boss" and others are "afraid of getting sued" which accounts for some of the reason they hesitate to write the RX. That does not make it right to withhold a medication you need.
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”