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Has anyone here had a successful taper directly from Ativan?


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I see many crossover tapers from Ativan to Valium but haven't found anyone that directly tapered from Ativan.

 

Would love to hear about it and see profile details.

 

Many thanks!

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I wish I'd have done a direct taper. The Valium was a huge mistake for me. I see you are very low on your dose and doing well. Why throw another benzo into the mix? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  :thumbsup: B
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I can't recall names but others have clearly done it. Many with cutting only Xanax which is sometimes a bit more difficult. No reason to believe that you can't. B
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Hi Whisper,

 

I tapered directly from Ativan. IMO, there is no reason to switch to Valium to taper unless the interdose withdrawals become too much to handle. I was able to circumvent the interdose w/d by splitting my dose evenly throughout the day. The majority of people tapering Ativan need to split their dose and take 3-4 times a day. It's absolutely possible  :thumbsup:

 

There is an Ativan Tapering support group thread that you may want to join...everyone there is direct tapering from Ativan. Here is the link:

 

http://www.benzobuddies.http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?topic=44903.msg2226241#new/forum/index.php?topic=44903.msg2226241#new

 

 

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Awesome Kiddo thank you!

 

The link is too long for me to click on. Can you tell me where it is and I'll find it?

 

Yes I plan to stay on 3 doses a day for most of my taper and with finally switch just to a bedtime dose.  :thumbsup:

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On November 15th I will join the ranks of people who have directly tapered off of Ativan.  Have been on Ativan for 20 years.  Started tapering from 5 mg 33 months ago.  Currently at .070 mg.  It can be done.
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On November 15th I will join the ranks of people who have directly tapered off of Ativan.  Have been on Ativan for 20 years.  Started tapering from 5 mg 33 months ago.  Currently at .070 mg.  It can be done.

 

Great to hear and congratulations, you are almost there  :smitten:

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On November 15th I will join the ranks of people who have directly tapered off of Ativan.  Have been on Ativan for 20 years.  Started tapering from 5 mg 33 months ago.  Currently at .070 mg.  It can be done.

 

Great to hear and congratulations, you are almost there  :smitten:

Was just responding to the subject line of the thread.  Good luck.

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I am also tapering Ativan.  I am now down to 0.192 mg/day.  This taper has been a bit rough compared to my first taper back in 2007.  That taper was a smooth one with no problems whatsoever when I jumped.  I expect the same outcome with this one, but it is taking much longer than the first time around.

 

Good luck

Anne

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I wanted to be one of the success stories but my Ativan taper was complicated by surgery and extra benzos in the hospital. I had depersonalization, derealization, and vertigo shortly after returning home and that's when I jumped to Valium. It made it a LOT easier but I was so close to being done that sometimes I wish I had just pushed through. Sometimes I wonder if it was really interdose withdrawal or if I was just stressing myself out. I had to face a lot of fears during that time. I'll never know now! But at least I'm almost off again. I think it can be done but I give a lot of credit to those who can handle it! I'm sure it's a lot easier with a micro taper too (I was doing cut and hold).
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Thanks for the replies.

 

Yes I think the micro tapering is the way to go, although I've held recently for a week as I was going through so much stress. Some of it to do with switching to all liquid Ativan.  ::)

 

 

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I've been cutting direct from Xanax which has even a shorter half life than ativan. Its probably the hardest to come off of. I have been doing micro tapers with a mg scale. I drop a tiny bit every day or every other day. Over time it works out to about 5% a week or so.

I had to split my dose into 4 daily doses and I still do that. I use the round robin method which basically spaces out the cut portion so its not at the same time every day. Even if I take a really small amount , I still make sure I dose 4 times a day. For simplicity I measure out my entire dose in the morning and I eyeball the 4 cuts from there. I take the larger pieces for doses 1 and 4 and the smaller parts for doses 2 and 3. I personally would try doing this before  crossing over to valium. Some people don't cross over well, and from what I hear it often takes a few weeks just to get used to the crossover. Good luck, I'm at half of what I was taking and not planning on crossing over unless I absolutely have to.

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I've been cutting direct from Xanax which has even a shorter half life than ativan. Its probably the hardest to come off of. I have been doing micro tapers with a mg scale. I drop a tiny bit every day or every other day. Over time it works out to about 5% a week or so.

I had to split my dose into 4 daily doses and I still do that. I use the round robin method which basically spaces out the cut portion so its not at the same time every day. Even if I take a really small amount , I still make sure I dose 4 times a day. For simplicity I measure out my entire dose in the morning and I eyeball the 4 cuts from there. I take the larger pieces for doses 1 and 4 and the smaller parts for doses 2 and 3. I personally would try doing this before  crossing over to valium. Some people don't cross over well, and from what I hear it often takes a few weeks just to get used to the crossover. Good luck, I'm at half of what I was taking and not planning on crossing over unless I absolutely have to.

 

I agree about doing a V crossover .... better the devil you know I guess.

 

I am pretty hopeless at cutting tablets at all accurately so switched to liquid titration. I figured it out in an excel spreadsheet and it wasn't so difficult as I didn't actually have to do much maths  ;)

 

You are doing great with quite large cuts. Have you thought of going to liquid so that you can get more accurate as your doses get smaller?

 

I did wonder about staying with 4 doses a day, but decided that 3 will probably be ok. I plan to end up on just one bedtime dose as that is the way I used to take Ativan before the beginning of this year. We will see, I can always change that idea.

 

All the best with the last part of your taper  :)

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