Because Ativan can cause psychological and physical dependence, you should not suddenly stop taking it. Signs of withdrawal from Ativan include anxiety, depression, insomnia, and personality changes. You should not be afraid to ask your healthcare provider for help with stopping Ativan, even if you have been abusing the drug or taking it without a prescription.
An Introduction to Ativan WithdrawalAtivan® (lorazepam) is a prescription medication approved to treat anxiety. Because this medication can cause psychological and physical dependence, you should not abruptly stop taking it.
Symptoms of Withdrawal From AtivanSymptoms of Ativan withdrawal can include but are not limited to:
- Restlessness or irritability
- Personality changes
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Numbness or tingling
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Heart palpitations
- Memory loss
- Panic attacks
Limiting Ativan WithdrawalTo avoid severe withdrawal symptoms, your healthcare provider may decide to wean you off Ativan slowly, though this may not be necessary in all situations. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before stopping this drug. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you notice any bothersome symptoms after you are no longer taking it. Do not be afraid to ask your healthcare provider for help with withdrawing from Ativan, even if you have been abusing it (see Ativan Addiction) or taking it without a prescription. Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous.