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A 28-year-old male asked:

I was prescribed 1mg ativan (lorazepam) 2x/day today by a specialist who knows i take 10mg percocet 5x/day. i've read that it is not safe to mix the two and i don't want to cause more problems than i have already. is this safe? what could happen? suggesti

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 37 years experience
Talk with doctor: The combination of opiates (Percocet) and benzodiazepines (Ativan) can depress respiratory function and be a problem. They are frequently used together however. Adding a sleep aid such as Ambien (zolpidem) makes this even more risky (think of Heath Ledger) so you should discuss your concerns with your prescribing physician.
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Dr. Matthew Smith
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Risks: The risks are numerous, the worst being satory depression, killing you. Probably not with those medicines, but conceivably if you add some minor additional meidical of food or substance, it could be real. The risks are reduced with chronic use. But why not return and ask for an alternative?
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Last updated May 22, 2016

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