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Old 04-14-2011, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My doctor doulbled my dose from 2 to 4 mg. I read somewhere that this is an unusually high dosage. Is this true? Also what is the best way to get off of this crap? Taking more only seems to increase my tolerance with little effect.
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you should ask your doctor
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I will, unfortunately I only get to see him about once every four months.
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you dont have his phone number?
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im on 1 mg and will never go higher, heard its a ***** to come off them benzo's.
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I'm currently taking up to 6mg of Klonopin a day. I'm not sure how much Ativan that equates to. (7-8mg?) I must be GABA resistant because it doesn't do much but curb panic when I feel it building up. It's considered an unusually high dose, but unfortunately I have a unusually high tolerance.
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I worked my way through a bottle once over a month. By the end I was at 4mg because of the tolerance I developed. I never renewed after that. 6 months later I decided to start again. Should have realized the tolerance wouldn't have carried over...4mg was too much...
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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yes it's a huge amount it's equal to 40mg of Valium and has a very short half life....I was on 1mg and tapered down half and it was pure hell...I am still tapering I want off this ride !
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[QUOTE=d829;1058938166]yes it's a huge amount it's equal to 40mg of Valium and has a very short half life....I was on 1mg and tapered down half and it was pure hell...I am still tapering I want off this ride ![/QUOT

Wow 40mg of valium would put me out. So far taking none is hell, one is not much better two I can deal with, I think.

How long is reasonable to get down to one half and then quit?
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yes it's a huge amount it's equal to 40mg of Valium and has a very short half life....I was on 1mg and tapered down half and it was pure hell...I am still tapering I want off this ride !
According to most benzo equivalency charts 4 mg of Ativan would equal 20 mg of Valium. Charts do vary, but I'm not personally aware of any chart that provides the numbers you provided above; please post a link if you know of such a chart.

My personal experience would suggest 4 mg Ativan & 20 mg Valium seems about right in terms of equivalency.

As for "is 4 mg Ativan a large dose," that's a matter of opinion and what your basis for comparison happens to be. Compared to my huge prescription for 10 mg of Xanax (equal to 20 mg Ativan) it doesn't look like much.

By typical standards 4 mg Ativan certainly isn't tiny, though it's also not stunningly huge either. Some docs would never dream of handing out 4 mg of Ativan, wanting to not handle it much like not wanting to juggle live grenades. Other doctors (a minority) wouldn't think it's any big deal at all.
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There a lapse in communication here, talk to your docor again and voice your concerns. If you want to stop taking them, which is desirable (they're seriously habit forming, and shouldn't really be taken long term)

Hope it goes okay for you!
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interesting you were able to get an increased dose since lorazepam is like gold over here, well benzos in general are

4mg is around 30-40mg so my doc says but yeah equivalency charts vary and it does work fast but as good as ativan is, the high is only temporary and u find yourself needing more each day and often more than once a day as well

Klonopin or valium are good long term benzos though
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...the high is only temporary and u find yourself needing more each day and often more than once a day as well...
Ativan when used continuously would typically be dosed three times a day.

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...Klonopin or valium are good long term benzos though
Is there any evidence that they are any less likely to cause tolerance than Ativan or Xanax?
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ashton's chart says 1mg Ativan = 10mg Valium - I think she is a little high but she is the expert not me.
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How long is reasonable to get down to one half and then quit?
IMO 10% reduction each month is a safe taper - I see people hurry off these drugs after being on them for a long time and suffer for it. These pills are exactly like signing a contract with the devil you feel good now then the reaper comes to collect.

If I had to do it over again I would have taken a low dose of Valium and did my best to learn skills to deal with anxiety/panic and tapered off the low dose of Valium but I was uneducated about these pills.

For those who love Benzos you are in denial
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4mgs with no tolerance messed me up, it was fun though. I was on alot of benzos for a while and tapering was horrible. I dont think their suitable for long term use, but thats just my opinion.
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Funny thing about all this is I still feel like crap but in new ways. The Doc says I should keep taking this garbage forever but I know I have to stop. Should I get him to switch me to valium and then work my way down?
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Ativan when used continuously would typically be dosed three times a day.



Is there any evidence that they are any less likely to cause tolerance than Ativan or Xanax?
True and true
Although doctors push klonopin and diazepam if one has to take a benzo, as the "Safer" option in terms of length of efficacy in the body, it has had the same if not a worse addictive tendency, well it did for me anyway. Klonopin is in the body longer than Xanax or Ativan BUT is probably worse to withdraw from because of the fact it is in your bloodstream so much longer than Xanax and Lorazepam.


If you are able to remain on 4mg of klonopin per day and are not being told to taper off or stop taking them then u should be fine but i know for me, the increase in dose was more frequent than that of lorazepam which is rather strange and i was able to withdraw from my daily dose of ativan provided i had zopiclone on hand and had little to no side effects but when i stopped the klonopin and tapered it, i was in hell

so maybe just ignore what i posted about klonopin or diazepam
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