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Hello.  I was prescribed lorazepam for anxiety.  I've had the medication for well over 5 years.  I had only taken the medication once or twice a month & had been able to stop without issue.   I became more anxious after the loss of my sister and had began taking the lorazepam daily.  This went on for about a month.  I wasn't aware that I was supposed to taper off.   So far I am 10 days without the meds & I am experiencing a lot of withdrawal symptoms.   I could definitely use some support. 

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Hi, HelpWanted.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. 


You can become dependent on a benzodiazepine such as lorazepam in only a few weeks, even with periodic use. Since you took lorazepam periodically, followed by one month every day, you are likely dependent. 


Please reinstate. Benzo reinstatements are safe within a 2 - 4 week time period after coming off, so you are well within that range.


I would start by taking half your usual dose and see if that helps.  Your nervous system may hyper-react if you reinstate the full dose because of the trauma of the cold turkey withdrawal, which left your nervous system extra sensitive. So adding in a smaller amount is the best way to reinstate. You can always updose. 


After you stabilize, you can do a slow and careful taper of no faster than 10% a month, based on the previous month's dose (not the original dose). 


Please let us know how you're feeling. 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 


My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"


And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.


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