Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms
The physical dependence on drugs like Ativan happens when your body gets acclimated to the medicine’s presence. The longer duration you use the drug, the more intense the withdrawal symptoms an individual will experience. So a chronic abuser’s system will be thrown off balance and they may have Ativan withdrawal symptoms like seizures, for which the drug is prescribed initially.
The withdrawal symptoms show up in two phases – acute and protracted. The signs usually start with mild effects like hand tremors, sweating, confusion, and progress to high blood pressure and heart palpitations. Abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, rebound anxiety, and mood swings are the intense signs that may occur.
This is the acute withdrawal stage, which lasts up to 3-4 days, and later proceeds to the protracted withdrawal syndrome, usually lasting for around 10-14 days. Seizures, headaches, drug cravings, panic attacks, general malaise, and depression may develop.
Ativan Withdrawal Timeline
- Acute withdrawal symptoms like nausea and mood changes
- Peak withdrawal symptoms like cravings and irritability
- Acute withdrawal signs start to subside
- Rebound symptoms like insomnia appear
Days 15 and beyond
- Mild lingering symptoms from the acute stage
- Protracted withdrawal phase begins