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A 35-year-old female asked:

took 1 mg ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety. is it ok to drink one glass of wine 4 hours later?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I would not: Peak plasma concentrations of Ativan (lorazepam) (oral) can be up to six hours. Ativan (lorazepam) can cause CNS depression when used w alcohol.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No: Ativan (lorazepam) will still be in your system for over a day. Its elimination half-life (time required to process half of it) is 8-24 hours. It takes 5 of these half-lives for Ativan (lorazepam) to be gone. Please do not combine sedating medicines with alcohol.

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How is ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

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A 52-year-old female asked:

Was given Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety is it ok to take 1/2 of mg for 3 nights in a row?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Anxiety, Insomnia: You deserve good sleep and feeling rested in the morning! It is ok to take Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5 mg for 3 nights in a row for Anxiety due to stresses in life such as marriage, relationships, separation, divorce, children leaving home, work and finances. Exercise in the evening. Use Music, Breathing Relaxation, Yoga and Meditation. See a Physician for physical symptoms and Anxiety.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

If ER prescribed Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety, who do I talk to to continue this prescription? It actually helps. Primary doc or psychiatrist?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Primary doctor: I would contact my primary doctor, however, many doctors are nervous about prescribing drugs like this lately, because of fear of persecution by the DEA or the State Medical boards. If you're having anxiety issue, your absolute best bet is to see a psychiatrist, explain to the psychiatrist that this drug which is a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, is the only medication that helps

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