Ativan, a benzodiazepine or benzo, is a minor tranquilizer that is used to treat anxiety disorders and anxiety related depression. Ativan depresses the central nervous system which results in a change in mood patterns, behavior and perception. It is also used in treating certain sleep disorders, has the potential to relieve muscle cramps, anxiety disorders and it can also function as a sleep preventative. Unfortunately, Ativan is also one of the three most misused of the benzos in the U.S. and has been linked with a disturbingly large number of prescription drug suicides.
Ativan Side Effects
Some of the side effects that are associated with Ativan include:
- Dizziness and drowsiness
- Lack of coordination
- Vision problems
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty in concentration
Individuals who misuse Ativan have been known to take it with other drugs by injecting it. Taking Ativan with antihistamines and/or with alcohol can be dangerous as it intensifies the reaction and can be fatal.
Ativan triggers the brain’s reward system. Individuals who abuse the drug may doctor shop – that is, visiting other physicians to get more prescriptions to get more Ativan. They may habitually lose their prescription so that they may get another prescription. Ativan can also be ordered online from vendors outside the U.S. Prolonged Ativan abuse may create dependency or addiction which may result in the need for detox. Withdrawal symptoms may begin within a few hours of the last time Ativan was taken. Ativan misuse or addiction should not be stopped abruptly as it can cause severe withdrawal symptoms including psychosis. Doctor supervised medical detox is highly encouraged if you want to quit taking Ativan.
Withdrawal symptoms from Ativan include:
- Chest pains
- Loss of consciousness
- Panic attacks and possible suicide.
Physicians agree that the best method of detox from Ativan is IV therapy medical detox.
IV therapy medical detox from Ativan begins with a full health and well being assessment including physical, psychological and social. A medication protocol is developed that is specifically created for you based on your health assessment. Your protocol is administered by our detox team consisting of licensed and board certified, highly skilled physicians and registered nurses, all of whom have a vast amount of experience in critical care and emergency room care. IV therapy medical detox is relevant because it allows the physicians to make adjustments to the medication that is delivered intravenously as your withdrawal symptoms change and as you progress through the detoxification process. Your health is monitored around the clock by cardiac telemetry, video technology and by our detox team. If you or someone you know are struggling with an Ativan addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from Ativan and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.