Ativan is a well-known drug in the market which is used in treating anxiety disorders in people. It is the brand formulation of Lorazepam. In spite of all the good side of the drug, Ativan is not meant for prolonged use, as it can cause serious addiction and substance abuse problems in those who have a previous history of drug abuse. Once the dosage is suddenly lowered after being on heavy dosage for some time, or, when a person consumes Ativan for too long, the possibility of getting severe withdrawal symptoms is high, and hence, Ativan is advised to be taken as instructed by the doctor.
What is Ativan withdrawal?
Ativan withdrawal symptoms are common in those who are addicted to it, and its effects will start surfacing once the addict quits using the drug. Even those who are using Ativan medication as prescribed, may witness the withdrawal effects. Ativan is said to produce the physical dependency in an individual within a week of using the drug.
The withdrawal symptoms surfaces because our body becomes dependent on the sedative to operate normally. When an individual stops using the drug, the individual’s body, his nervous system and the organs start the process of readjusting to function properly without relying on Ativan. This is what causes the withdrawal symptoms. During this time period, you will feel physical and mental discomfort and the severity of these symptoms will solely depend on the amount of the tranquilizer present in your system.
How the body will react to Ativan withdrawal symptoms?
Normally, physicians do not recommend prolonged use of Ativan, as it can prove to be dangerous. But, those who fail to do so, witness the nightmare in the form of the Ativan withdrawal symptoms. The general withdrawal symptoms are hallucinations, seizures and other psychotic reactions. Medical science has differentiated the lorazepam withdrawal into two separate terms i.e., the acute withdrawal and the post-acute withdrawal or protracted withdrawal (PAWS). Acute withdrawal symptoms are mostly physical and less psychological, but, the protracted symptoms are generally psychotic. The acute withdrawal symptoms include: cravings, confusion, mood swings, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, radical change in blood pressure, irritability, cramps in abdomen, rapid increase in heart rate, hand tremors, headaches, palpitations, weight loss, muscle stiffness, panic attacks, etc. The protracted symptoms of lorazepam which was said earlier are mostly psychological. Some common symptoms are anxiety, depression, OCD, memory loss and lot more.
In the Ativan withdrawal, rebound withdrawal symptoms are very common. Rebound symptoms mean the return of the problems like anxiety and insomnia, for which the person originally started taking the drug. The rebound symptoms generally occur after four-five days of the last dosage. Due to the lack of research work, the duration of the Ativan withdrawal is still not clear to the doctors. It varies from person to person. The withdrawal symptoms can last for couple of weeks in some or in severe cases, the duration can be a couple of months too.