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What is a natural alternative to lorazepam?

Let go the thoughts: Careful with lorazepam. It can cause ups and downs of anxiety and physical dependence. Antidepressants are the best choice for anxiety. Cognitive therapy (buy a self-help book at amazon for an introduction) and meditation practice are crucial. In cognitive therapy, you address distortions of thinking. In meditation, you practice let go the hand of thought (buy zen mind, beginner mind at amazon). ...Read more

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Lorazepam (Definition)

A medication of some versatility, a benzodiazepam of brief duration, that can be employed to stop ongoing seizure activity, can be used to control anxiety, assist as a sleep aide, and employed by a ...Read more


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Are there any safe natural alternatives to ativan (lorazepam)? I have been taking 3 mg a day for two years and would really like to stop taking it.

Not really: I do not know about anything that could replace it but you might want to try to decrease the dose you are taking very gradually. ...Read more

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Wgat are the best alternatives that are non medicated to replace ativan (lorazepam)?

Relaxation/therapy: Need to figure out need for ativan--then try non medical approaches--as an aside I once worked out 40 hrs/wk with tae kwon do ; told a colleague it was great stress management--he said--"why don't you just take a valium! "! :). ...Read more

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My Lorazepam has more than doubled in cost what are similar cheaper alternatives for treating anxiety and panic attacks?

My Lorazepam has more than doubled in cost what are similar cheaper alternatives for treating anxiety and panic attacks?

Therapy: In addition to medication, I would suggest finding a local psychotherapist who is very reputable, and specializes in dealing with anxiety. Panic attacks and anxiety are very common phenomena that are encountered in psychology practices. Psychotherapy can benefit you greatlyin controlling anxiety. This would also apply to panic attacks. Medications by themselves usually are not optimal for anxiety. ...Read more

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I understand there are better alternatives. But will low dose Ativan (lorazepam) help with tension headaches?

I understand there are better alternatives. But will low dose Ativan (lorazepam) help with tension headaches?

See pcp: For evaluation/proper diagnosis of headaches. Follow your doctor's treatment. Ativan (lorazepam) is not intended for headaches and can be addicting. Do be honest about use of all meds including OTC/supplements, alcohol/drug use and current life stresses. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I stop lorazepam?

See your doctor: It may be neccesary for your doctor to gradually wean you off it. This is to avoid benzodiazepam withdrawal. He may also decide to put you alternative to treat your problem. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lorazepam?

Please describe the medication: lorazepam?

Sedative/tranquilize: A medication of some versatility, a benzodiazepam of brief duration, that can be employed to stop ongoing seizure activity, can be used to control anxiety, assist as a sleep aide, and employed by a variety of physicians, . ...Read more

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Could lorazepam help me with presentations?

If you are asking: If you would be less anxious, yes. Whether you should use it depends on your medical status, medical history, and family medical history. Talk to your primary care physician about this. ...Read more

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How long will lorazepam stay in your system?

How long will lorazepam stay in your system?

70 hours: Half life of Lorazepam is 14 hours. Five half-lives to clear. Figure about 70 hours to clear from your system. ...Read more

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How long does lorazepam stay in your system?

How long does lorazepam stay in your system?

72 hours: The half life is 12 hours. It should be fully out of your system in 72 hours. ...Read more

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What are effects of lorazepam 20mg upon the body?

What are effects of lorazepam 20mg upon the body?

Not good: This is a very high dose. Discuss this with your physician. Will enhance side effects of the medications. Can cause altered mental status or confusion, sedation, respiratory depression, even death. ...Read more

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How can you stop taking lorazepam after 2.5 months?

How can you stop taking lorazepam after 2.5 months?

Ativan (lorazepam): Gradual tapering over weeks, depending on the current dose & how long u have been on it. Your doctor is the best to consult. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stop lorazepam after taking it for a week?

Is it ok to stop lorazepam after taking it for a week?

Talk w/your doctor: This depends on why it was prescribed to you, and at what dose, etc. Please speak with the doctor who prescribed you the medicine to make sure about your particular case. ...Read more

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Can I take lorazepam with tempazepam at the same time?

Can I take lorazepam with tempazepam at the same time?

Yes but....: It depends on why you are taking it this way and the doses that you are using. Such meds should be used only when prescribed and monitored by your md. An over dose of this combo can be fatal. ...Read more

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How can I safely reduce the amount of lorazepam I'm on?

How can I safely reduce the amount of lorazepam I'm on?

Supervised Only: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the class of benzodiazepines. One can develop a physical dependency after only two weeks of use. Tapering one's dose must be done under the supervision of a qualified individual, preferably the prescribing physician. Sudden cessation can lead to withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, seizures and even death. Safe tapering is possible. ...Read more

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Effects of taking venlafaxineer and lorazepam together?

Effects of taking venlafaxineer and lorazepam together?

Calming: Lorazepam might be temporarily prescribed early in the course of taking venlafaxine. At a low dose, the Lorazepam would be calming along with the venlafaxine. Used too much or too often, Lorazepam could cause confusion or memory lapses. Please ask your own prescribing doctor about any concerns with combining these medicines. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long term lorazepam effects?

Dependence.: If you are taking the medication daily, you can start becoming dependent on it. This medication is addictive so be careful with it and discuss your options with your provider. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of 1mg of lorazepam persist for?

It's variable.: The sedative, calming, and mental slowing can be expected to last 5-6 hours, although the medication can still be detected in your blood and urine for about twice that time. Persons can, and do, lose their driver licenses if they drive under the influence of benzodiazepines, and doctors who prescribe Clonazepam (lasts 8-9 hours), etc., are remiss if they don't warn patients not to drive. ...Read more

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Can lorazepam and pxil 12.5 mg be taken both safely? Thanks

Can lorazepam and pxil 12.5 mg be taken both safely? Thanks

Yes if: This is the way your doctor has prescribed you your treatment, like Paxil (paroxetine) to be taken on a daily basis and Lorazepam 0.5 mg once a day as needed for anxiety. To the opposite, if u take medications on ur own, u are self-medications yourself and, this at ur own risk. The best for u is to get back to ur prescribing doc, tell her/him ur symptoms & ask 4 clarification or readjustment of ur treatment. ...Read more

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How long will a half a milligram of lorazepam take to work?

Not long: Lorazepam is short-acting and fast-acting - usually less than a half hour. If your anxiety is severe, what may seem like a drug that's not working is a dose that's too low. Lorazepam should only be used short term. There are better drugs than benzodiazepines for anxiety that's not a temporary problem. ...Read more

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What's the difference of uses between lorazepam and depakine?

Different classes: Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication used mostly for anxiety. It is habit- forming. Depakene (valproic acid) is for seizures, migraines, neuropathy, bipolar disorder and is not habit-forming. ...Read more

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How long with it take the feel the effects of a 1 mg lorazepam?

Intermediate-Fast: This is a common starting dose. Intended for short term use in immediate stressful situation. Onset w/in half hr. Peak by 1-1/2 hr. Clears system by end of 2nd day. Withdrawal can be rough if taken in high doses for extended time. Discuss all frankly w/ prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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How long would it take to get 2mgs of lorazepam out of my system?

About 40 hours: The elimination half-life of lorazepam is about 12 hours on average; so, assuming such averages, it takes 3.3 half-lives to eliminate 90% from a given body; thus about 39.6 hours. However, the effects would be gone earlier than that since the levels in the body would not be sufficient to cause an effect. ...Read more

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I have my mistake take about 10 mg of lorazepam. Is it vdangerous?

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Ativan (lorazepam): It puzzles me how u can take that many tablets by mistake. Please head on to the er to be evaluated, for your own safety. ...Read more

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Do you know what the effects of such a dose of lorazepam would do?

May need to switch: Notable side effects-sedation, fatigue, depression. Dizziness, ataxia, slurred speech, weakness. Forgetfulness, confusion, hyper-excitability. Rare hallucinations, mania, also rare hypotension. Hysalivation or dry mouth.
Dangerous side effects: respiratory depression if taken with CNS depressant in overdose. Rare hepatic & renal dysfunction. Bllod dyscrasias. ...Read more

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Still feeling physically anxious after taking lorazepam, what to do?

Call doctor: You may need a higher dose, you may need to take it more frequently, you may need another medication, you may need to give the medicine a few more days.
You need to call your treating physician, tell him or her your situation, and let them help you figure this out. ...Read more

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How long would it take for 10 pills of Lorazepam 0.5mg to take effect?

Ativan (lorazepam) onset: Ativan, or lorazepam, typically has onset of action between 20 - 40 minutes. This medication is a benzodiazepine, which may be used to treat acute anxiety. The medication is tolerance inducing & can therefore be habit forming. It is also a respiratory depressant. Be certain to take the med only exactly as prescribed by your doc. ...Read more