A 43-year-old female asked:
i usually take 1 mg of ativan (lorazepam) before i fly. this time my pcp is on vacation and his stand-in won't write a rx. is there an otc alternative available?
2 doctor answers
Dr. E. Regina Widman answered
45 years experience Family Medicine
Consider Benadryl (diphenhydramine): there are no medications over the counter similar to Ativan. However, you could try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg. This is an antihistamine and main side effect is drowsiness. It is always good to try a new medication before travel to see how it affects you, perhaps taking one 25 mg tablet at bedtime and see how you feel the next morning. Also depends on how long flight is, probably not good for short flights
Answered on Aug 8, 2014
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