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If I am having serious alcohol withdrawal and anxiety/panic attacks can I take ativan (lorazepam)?

If I am having serious alcohol withdrawal and anxiety/panic attacks can I take ativan (lorazepam)?

Must be supervised!: Benzodiazepines like Ativan (lorazepam) are the typical treatment for alcohol withdrawal, but it must be treated on an inpatient basis. The dose must be tapered gradually over several days and you must be supervised. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal and it is imperative that you seek medical attention quickly. Benzodiazepines are undesirable for long term use. After recovery stick with a support group ega a. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Gilly
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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (Definition)

Is a set of symptoms seen when one reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake. It is due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state, leading to seizures & delirium tremens. Symptoms start on waking, due to fall in blood alcohol levels during sleep, & can include agitation, hallucination, sweating, cunfusion, ...Read more


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I'm on 1mg ativan (lorazepam) prn for ocd/anxiety. I took 1 today -tues- following a panic attack. Would it be safe to drink alcohol on sat.? It is my 30th bday.

I'm on 1mg ativan (lorazepam) prn for ocd/anxiety. I took 1 today -tues- following a panic attack.  Would it be safe to drink alcohol on sat.? It is my 30th bday.

Yes but: Its hard to know from the info you provided but be careful. Even if you are not taking Ativan (lorazepam) on the day you plan on drinking it can alter your tolerance and perhaps give you some unpredictable effects. Even moderate alcohol consumption and this med is dangerous. Have fun without it. ...Read more

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Is ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) better for extreme anxiety. Panic attacks. Etc?

Is ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) better for extreme anxiety. Panic attacks. Etc?

See below: Their from the same class. Xanax (alprazolam) stays in your system for a shorter period of time, which makes it better for panic attacks but also makes it's addiction potential higher. ...Read more

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Switch from klonopin (clonazepam) 2mgs to ativan 6mgs for anxiety and panic attacks was on klonopin (clonazepam) for years but it's my 4day on ativan and i feel great normal?

Switch from klonopin (clonazepam) 2mgs to ativan 6mgs for anxiety and panic attacks was on klonopin (clonazepam) for years but it's my 4day on ativan and i feel great normal?

You still have some: Klonopin (clonazepam) may still be hanging around your system. About 5-7 days from now it will havre sworn out and hopefully the Lorazepam will still have an adequate effect, which i believe is highly likely.. Congrats on finally feeling better. It's been a long haul. Best wishes. Dr. Jacobson. ...Read more

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Been having severe panic attacks and anxiety for 8wks. Now my WBC is elevated with no sign of infection. Started ativan (lorazepam). Correlation?

Correlation not caus: certainly there is a correlation, but that doesn't mean they are connected, nor which causes which... Stress, even purely emotional/psychological stress can elevate WBC (slightly). alternatively lots of medical conditions (hormonal imbalance, low oxygen states, many others) can cause panic/stress/anxiety and raise WBC either directly or indirectly. (a good indication for a full eval. ...Read more

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Can celexa (citalopram) be working against me... been on it for 15 years ... last 2 years 40mg.... I am having panic attacks and anxiety. ... on ativan too now since hospital visit... I also been smoking over a year .... almost a pack a day ... plus cof

Can celexa (citalopram) be working against  me... been on it for 15 years ... last 2 years 40mg.... I am having panic attacks and anxiety. ... on ativan too now since hospital visit... I also been smoking over a year  .... almost a pack a day ... plus cof

Are you in therapy?: In some rare situations the Celexa (citalopram) could be creating a problem such as if you had a bipolar condition. There are other medications and therapy approaches which may be used for panic attacks and anxiety. The coffee may work against you and of course smoking can be quite dangerous.The important thing here is that you have a psychiatric evaluation and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is .5 or 1 mg Ativan (lorazepam) ok for minor alcohol withdrawal symptoms? 8 standard drinks. Last drink at 9pm last night. Overall healthy female

Is .5 or 1 mg Ativan (lorazepam) ok for minor alcohol withdrawal symptoms? 8 standard drinks. Last drink at 9pm last night. Overall healthy female

This class of: medications is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms from alcohol detoxification. However, it is one of the more addicting medications in this class. Detox should be medically supervised, contact a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ativan (lorazepam) to give you anxiety I took .25 and I went into a panic attack. Is that not enough to work with bad anxiety Can't talk to pcp?

Is it possible for ativan (lorazepam) to give you anxiety I took .25 and I went into a panic attack. Is that not enough to work with bad anxiety Can't talk to pcp?

Unlikely: Ativan (lorazepam) can cause tachycardia (rapid heart rate), but if you only took 0.25 mg by mouth, it is unlikely due to the drug. Are you taking any other medication or drugs? Usual adult dose is higher for "bad anxiety" but you should consult with your prescribing MD before changing your dose. Recc you contact psychologist who treats anxiety disorders. Bad anxiety is best treated with both CBT and meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more