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Muscle relaxant: Benzodiazepines like Ativan (lorazepam) don't treat pain directly. But they can help 2 other ways: by decreasing the mental suffering associated with pain, and by helping muscles relax. Remember that like other benzos, Ativan is habit-forming if used daily and consistently over time; once tolerance develops it can be hard to stop. It's quite safe if used occasionally at low doses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
See PCP: See your pcp or neurologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Don't self-medicate. ...Read more
Something Else: I am sorry but your symptoms cannot possibly or physiologically be related to lorazepam not taken for sixteen months. There is something else wrong with you and I would strongly advise a thorough medical or neurological evaluation at the medical clinic or Neurology office. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety disorders; I sometimes take benzos. Alprazolam I feel intense calmness, while clonazepam has no physical effects. Might it still be anxiolytic?
Safe: It is safe to do this under the supervision of a physician. The medicines above are termed benzodiazepines - the problem with taking medicines like this is that your body builds up tolerance to them over time. Only take these medicines when you really need them, long term use is generally not a good idea. ...Read more
Can caffeine interact with diazepam? Prescribed 5mg diazepam prn for anxiety. Feeling nauseous after 2cups of coffee.Have caffeine sensitivity. Thanks
Diazepam is a: sedative and caffeine is a stimulant. If any thing, they might cancel each other out. However, equal parts uppers and downers don't necessary make you feel good. If you get nauseous after 2 cups of coffee, why not stop at one? or 1 1/2? Or half decaf, half regular? Or tea (which has a lower concentration of caffeine.)? Hope this helps. Dr. Anne ...Read more
I take hydrocodone, cyclobenzaprine, amitriptyline, xanax, (alprazolam) and cymbalta. Xanax (alprazolam) as needed, cymbalta brand new - causing nausea. Can I take ondansetron?
Wouldn't recommend: you are already on several drugs which inhibit serotonin reuptake, increasing their levels - amitriptylene, Cymbalta (duloxetine) and cyclobenzaprine all have that potential, and ondansetron does it big time. This can result in the serotonin syndrome which is dangerous and even potentially fatal. All of these drugs also produce sedation. I would talk with your provider and pharmacist about safety of this. ...Read more
YES: Taking 2 benzodiazepines at the same time is not wise because of additive sedation. It's possible to have interdose withdrawal symptoms with the xanax, (alprazolam) and valium is much longer acting but may not always cover this. Your "jitteriness" could also be coming from lexapro, but only you and your doctor know your progress on that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and imovane withdrawals after weeks. I stopped abruptly. Should i go back on and taper? Shaking hyperthyroid racing heart insomnia numbness
Depends no Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) : Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not usually the problem but imovane is not used in the us but is in canada and australia. Imovane is a hyponotic and is habit forming and can have withdrawal Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is less likely to be causing you symptoms. You need to discuss with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Speech Discomfort?: I am not sure what you mean by speech discomfort. Zoloft (generic sertraline) can cause dry mouth, which in turn could lead to pain when talking. Whenever a patient experiences an unwanted or unexpected side effect, they should contact the prescribing physician and report the issue as soon as possible. Your physician is the one best suited to advise you at this time. Good luck. ...Read more
Is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium okay for treating GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and chronic back pain?
There are potential: dangers in combing central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Both opioids and benzodiazepines are CNS depressants, and when used together they may produce what are called "synergistic" effects - where 1+1=5. It also highly depends on the dose. The risks of overdose is much higher in patients who on opioids and benzos, as well as with alcohol. If these are prescribed to you, talk to the doctors. ...Read more
On 20 mg celexa (citalopram) for panic/anxiety that developed after one time dxm OD. Panic attacks gone but still tightness in left side chest. Anxiety cause this?
Likely yes: Do you carry any other more significant forms of anxiety such as GAD, PTSD, suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, etc.? You sound as if you've been through a workup to rule out bad stuff so I think there is a good chance that the left sided chest tightness is not cardiac in origin. Talk to your doctor. They may wish to reassure you themselves if they've already done the proper workups. ...Read more
How long does it take withdrawal symptoms to fade from a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack? Lightheaded, headache, face pain, no energy, muscle aches, nausea.
Steroid withdrawal: Talk to doctor who originally prescribed. May need to go back on a small dose for a longer wean ...Read more
I took percocet (an opioid analgesic pain killer) and Zanaflex (tizanidine) (a muscle relaxant). Will I be okay?
You will be OK: There is no interactions between these 2 drugs. ...Read more