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Taking zopiclone 7.5 mg to sleep, can i then take .5mg ativan (lorazepam) in the morning before going to work ( to prevent anxiety at work) , question is will i be too sleepy? ( i am a petite woman, also not taking these meds regularly, just having diffic

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Insomnia: Good sleep hygiene includes going to bed and awakening at about the same time daily, including weekends and establishing a sleep routine. Avoidance prior to bedtime of electronic devices and stimulants such as caffeine / alcohol / tobacco/ exercise helps. Wearing a sleep mask, earplugs and using melatonin may help.
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Therapy for anxiety: Agree with advice re insomnia and sleep hygiene. Try 0.5 mg Ativan (lorazepam) on a non-work day morning so you'll have answer to drowsiness when you can take a nap if necessary. If too sedating, try 0.25 mg but may not cover your anxiety symptoms. Talk to prescribing doctor to review meds and get referral to a mental health professional for coping with anxiety strategies and insight. Hope this helps.

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