This is one question that anyone on Ativan wants to be answered; unfortunately, this question does not have a direct answer because there is a host of factors that determines this. In this article, we will be looking at these factors in a bid to help answer this question. However, before we get into that in more detail, it’s important for us to explain what Ativan is, what it does and why a detox is even needed. It is in explaining all this that we will be able to appreciate the factors that determine the time it takes for Ativan detox and help us in better answering the question that this article aims to answer.
So What’s Ativan? Ativan is the brand name for the drug Lorazepam which is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are a group of sedative drugs that are used to treat insomnia, acute seizures, and anxiety disorders like panic attacks. It is also used in some hospitals as an adjunct in giving anesthesia. Diazepam is the popular drug in this class commonly referred to as Valium. Ativan, on the other hand, is a more potent class of this group, with a quick onset of action and very effective when used for short-term therapies. Benzodiazepines act by increasing the action of the inhibitory chemical Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), producing a relaxation and sedative effect.
Why detox Ativan?
This is, of course, the next question that arises because if the drug is this good and effective why is the issue of detox coming up. Well, the thing about benzodiazepines is that one can easily build up a tolerance, and the implications of this are, is that one may need a higher dose of the drug to get the desired therapeutic effect. This quickly leads to dependence on the drug; what is like a form of Ativan addiction. This is such that when one needs to stop the drug they start experiencing ‘withdrawal-like’ symptoms. This is why many people want to know how long it will take for one to completely detox from Ativan as this puts an end to this withdrawal symptoms. Like we said earlier there is no definite time, it varies from patients but there are factors that either shorten the time or prolong it. Below are some of these factors:
- The dosage of the drug: Being a potent drug, a small dose is usually required but once the dose increases for any reason it will take a longer time for Ativan detox.
- The Duration of usage: Ativan is best used for short-term therapies. When used for too long, it can worsen withdrawal symptoms and consequently the duration of detox.
- Abuse: Some patients do not take this drug according to their doctor’s prescription and so they get dependent on it very quickly and this lengthens the time needed for detox.
- Individual variance: Our individuality also plays a role in Ativan detox. Some people experience fewer withdrawal symptoms and so they tend to detox faster than others.
- Tapering off: This is one thing that can reduce the time of one’s Ativan detox. One must ensure that they don’t stop the drug abruptly. The drug should be tapered off gradually and this is what most Physicians instruct their patients to do.