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i read on here that taking ativan (lorazepam) , even with a valid prescription will result in a dui . i's this true?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
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You betcha!: It could, if you got pulled over for erratic driving, or if you got pulled over for something else and the officer suspected you were shlogged-out on something. Best not to drive if you've just taken something like that or for at least 3-4 hours after or if you feel at all buzzed. Ideally, best to wait after sleeping a full night (e.g. to go to work in the morning).
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
DUI: Any drug, prescribed or not, which impairs your ability to safety operate a motor vehicle puts a person at risk for a DUI charge.
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
Yes and no...: Yes & no. Refer to your local/state laws. Generally, if you are taking the medication specifically as prescribed, and your healthcare provider feels you are safe to operate vehicles, then you are OK. I would advise getting a document from your prescriber confirming this. That said, don't think you are safe to drive with any alcohol in your system. Even under the legal limit, you're compromised.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
IF you are pulled over for any reason, and/or in wreck, then the presence of Ativan is a big deal, no matter if your doc says you can drive or not. Do not drive on it. There are better meds out there, non-addicting ones, for anxiety.
Aug 26, 2014
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 19 years experience
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Agree with above - driving around with prescription bottles is a red flag for the police. A bigger red flag is driving around with the pills but without their accompanying bottles. Your treatment regimen is based on your particular illness and between you & your provider. Benzos are very useful meds if utilized correctly for certain diagnoses.
Mar 20, 2015

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What does it feel like after taking ativan (lorazepam) for flying?

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That... is... fantastic :)
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