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Lorazepam Withdrawal

Lorazepam Withdrawal

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Lorazepam withdrawal doesn’t have to feel like walking through a minefield or being stuck in a scene from the Twilight Zone. Find safe, gentle and scientifically proven help at the Alternative to Meds Center.

Lorazepam may have helped during a time of untenable crisis, but in most cases, a lifetime of being medicated with benzodiazepines is not necessary and might do more harm than good.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Lorazepam withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways than masking symptoms with drugs. We may find that there were undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical conditions, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, and all of these would require a fresh treatment approach.

It is not necessary for Lorazepam users to suffer fierce symptoms of Lorazepam withdrawal. We provide clinically proven ways to make side effects and symptoms fade away, naturally. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are non-toxic ways that effectively help people to feel good, and become authentically engaged in their lives without dangerous Lorazepam side effects and dreadful Lorazepam withdrawal symptoms.

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FDA WARNING:

Taking benzodiazepines such as Lorazepam, Ativan, etc., together with opioids, alcohol, or other agents that suppress the central nervous system can kill.1

The same risk of fatality applies when withdrawing from Lorazepam or any tranquilizer. It can be deadly at any time to mix drugs and/or alcohol because of the magnified effects. This results in slowing the breathing and heart rate as well as potentially shutting down other functions that are vital to life.  

Safe and Gentle Protocols for Lorazepam Withdrawal

The withdrawal symptoms while coming off benzodiazepines can be horrific, and many find the severity is just too much to bear.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Alternative to Meds Center uses thorough preparation steps and careful oversight, as well as employing micro-adjustments and other protocols as needed for softening the reactions, making the process surprisingly mild. 

 

Inpatient Style Treatment 

Often, a person is in a compromised medical/physical/mental condition after taking benzodiazepines for any length of time more than a couple of weeks. Dependence is pretty well guaranteed after a week or two and in such cases, a person will need help when stopping the drug. Inpatient treatment, according to studies published on the subject, is the safest level of care so that a person can be stabilized at first, and then be safely helped along their gradual route to abstinence.2 

There seems to be a growing awareness of the overuse of benzodiazepines generally. Despite that, the rate of prescriptions does not seem to be declining as fast as it should. Many will continue to find themselves trapped into the dreadful withdrawals from Lorazepam (Ativan) or similar drugs when trying to quit. The best approach is to seek inpatient, attentive treatment provided by medical professionals who are familiar with the difficulties of coming off these drugs; in particular, the benzodiazepine class.  

Symptoms of Lorazepam Withdrawal

There are many known symptoms that commonly present when trying to quit Lorazepam. Common ones include rebound anxiety, rebound insomnia, nausea, dry retching, irritability, muscle pain, stiffness, headaches, panic attacks, tremors in the hands, sweating, chest pain, blurred vision, weight loss, sensitivity to sound, light or other sensory stimuli, and many others. 

More severe withdrawals include episodes of psychosis, seizure, hallucinations, akathisia, and even suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide. These reactions to coming off Lorazepam or other drugs in the benzo class are termed benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.3 That term sounds like a disease in itself. But make no mistake, these reactions are not a mental illness. They are simply the body trying to “right” itself after neuroleptic alterations that were caused by the drug. 

Addressing the Root Cause(s) vs Masking Symptoms

The basic question is whether the masking of symptoms is the best approach. In the vast majority of cases, we don’t think so. Alternative to Meds Center’s approach to handling symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc., is making an effort to establish what could be causing such symptoms, and then addressing what is found to be contributing to the health issues a person is plagued by. Non-physical factors can also play a major role where stressors with work, family, finances, or the like can keep a person from truly engaging in life in a joyful way. Personal counseling and life coaching can be extremely productive in lessening the negative impact and even completely resolving these types of issues. 

Removal of Neurotoxic Junk from the Body

Chemicals, food preservatives, drug residues, heavy metals, pesticides, etc. can have a profound negative effect on one’s health. Removing these elements has shown vast improvements in health including better sleep, improved appetite, better mood, a calmer mind, and other changes for the better. 

That is why neurotoxic elements are tested for and are gently purged as part of the protocols used at Alternative to Meds Center. The clean-out is gentle and thorough and is a significant contributor to our excellent success rate for Lorazepam withdrawal. 

 

Diet Plays a Huge Role 

Diet plays a major role in brain and body health. Corrections to the diet can be instrumental in supporting and accelerating the return of robust health during and after lorazepam withdrawal. Organic, clean foods are utilized for their nutritive components and targeted food-grade supplements to give the body what it needs for rebuilding a healthy central nervous system, as well as a healthy gut.

Since most of our brain chemicals are produced in the gut, removing barriers to that production is essential for natural mental health. Our results show the efficacy of this approach.4

Find Out More 

Please contact us for more information you may need, especially when considering options for treatment. Lorazepam withdrawal can be a mild and gentle experience at Alternative to Meds Center and we look forward to the opportunity to speak to you or a loved one about how we could assist you. 
 


(1) FDA label Lorazepam (Atavan)  

(2) “Management of benzodiazepine misuse and dependence” (Brett, Murnion) published in 2015 in the US National Library of Medicine and the Australian Prescriber magazine, accessed online Feb 10, 2020.

(3) “The benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome” (Petersson) published in 1994 in the US National Library of Medicine, accessed online February 10, 2020.

(4) “Foods linked to better brainpower” published by Harvard Medical School publishing, accessed online February 10, 2020.


 


This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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