People come off antidepressants for a variety of reasons. In a best-case scenario it is because medication has helped and they feel it's time to move forward, but this is only one outcome. When the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK conducted a survey of 817 people on this very topic they identified six key reasons why people stop: Felt better (219) Side-effects (213) Didn't help (175) Wanted to try without (45) Pregnant (39) On advice of doctor (21) It was also interesting to learn how people stopped and what effect stopping antidepressants had. In this sample 36 percent stopped suddenly and 63 percent experienced withdrawal symptoms, with some antidepressants more likely than others to cause withdrawal symptoms. The drugs most likely to cause withdrawal symptoms were Venlafaxine (82%), Escitalopram (75%), Paroxetine (69%) and Duloxetine (69%). Those less likely to cause withdrawal were Sertraline (62%) and Citalopram (60%). The least likely to cause withdrawal symptoms were...
Ativan is an medication used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It has been approved for short term use, but has not been studied or approved for treatment lasting more than four months.
This medication belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines. These are depressant medications used to treat insomnia, seizure disorders, muscle spasms and anxiety. Other benxodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Librium and Klonopin. These medications have a high risk of dependence and this is why they should only be prescribed for short term treatment. In addition, withdrawal can occur when stopping this type of medication. Tapering off the medication is recommended and should be done only under the supervision of a medical professional to help eliminate symptoms of withdrawal.
Because of the high risk of abuse and dependence, Ativan is not recommended for patients with a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.
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The goals of treatment are to reduce the immediate withdrawal symptoms, prevent complications, and begin long-term therapy to promote abstinence (no drinking at all).
People with moderate-to-severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may need inpatient treatment at a hospital or other facility that treats alcohol withdrawal. Others who may need inpatient treatment include those who:
Have a mental health disorder, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
Have failed outpatient treatment for alcoholism or alcohol withdrawal
Have serious medical problems
May be harmful to themselves or others
Treatment at an inpatient center will include medical monitoring and treatment of alcohol symptoms.
Monitoring of blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and blood levels of different chemicals in the body will take place. The person will be watched closely for hallucinations and other signs of delirium tremens .
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