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A 28-year-old male asked:

I'm in a methadone maintenance program i take 82mg every morning and currently tapering 1mg every week,er doctor gave me ativan 1mg for bad panic attacks i been having at night.is this safe to take 8hrs later after my normal dose of methadone?

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Safe? Yes?: Ativan is a benzodiazepine which is a sedative hypnotic and has additive respiratory depression and somnolence effects with methadone. Also if you are trying to get off one addictive drug why start a second one?
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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Furthermore..BENZO addiction is makes opiate addiction look like a sleigh ride! Chronic withdrawal is a known complication with benzodiazepines!
May 30, 2017
Dr. Patricia Saunders
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Be CAREFUL_ ativan potentiates methadone and can be seriously problematic in respiratory distress, getting "high" increasing addictions
Jun 1, 2017
Last updated Jun 1, 2017


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