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randibear
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I am now down to a quarter of 1 mg pill of ativan. I was taking half for at least six months.

I want off of it.

I am now cutting the half in half. so that would be .250 right????

so how long should I stay at this dose before going every other day? dr said I can stop completely after several weeks but that ain't what the internet says.

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Hi Randi

How often are you taking the .25? Once I weaned down to .25 twice a day, I easily stopped my daytime dose. I just stopped and I think I was lucky I did ok with that.

Was harder for me to give up the night dose as it helped me sleep so I did every other day for two weeks then every third day for a week then I stopped.

It wasn't bad for me but I know of others who have to wean slower. I think all of our bodies are different. You can do it

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randibear
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I take it at night. I figure a week on this dose, maybe longer. then switch to every other day for at least two weeks.

sound about right?

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Jordana
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It is .25, but I wouldn't be so sure you're going to have a bad reaction to stopping. Ativan is the fastest acting and it clears from the body the fastest.

There are some bad stories on the internet for sure, but when I got cut off from all benzos last month I had a couple bad moments but I had stopped thinking about them by the time several weeks had passed. You never know -- you are really not taking a lot of it now.

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randibear
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thanks very much. all the horror stories scared the crap out of me.

I have two addicts in the family and some alcoholics so I'm familiar with this type of drug.

guess I'm hyper sensitive.

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I would ween off very, very slowly. I know you want to be done with it, but give your body and mind time to gently recalibrate itself. Everything will work itself out. Hugs.

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Did you have any problems as you were cutting back on the amount earlier?

If you didn't, I'd say your plan sounds like a good one.

My hubby has weaned off this med twice already and is working on it the 3rd time.

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sammy
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Your plan sounds very good, smart.

I did things a little differently though. I just decided one day that I didn't want to be on the drug anymore and stopped cold turkey. Might sound crazy to you but it made sense at the moment. I needed to take back power over all aspects of my life...

Thankfully, I didn't really have a hard time stopping it. So I think that it will be easier for you than you think since you have already successfully weaned down to .25 of a pill.

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Since you take it at night are you using it for insomnia?

If so are you replacing it with anything? Or is your sleep not changing while you reduce it?

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sammy, how long did you take ativan for?
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