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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
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
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
I usually take 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) before I fly. This time my PCP is on vacation and his stand-in won't write a rx. Is there an OTC alternative available?
Ativan (lorazepam): Hi, your best bet is the doctor who covers for ur PCP and has access to your record. ...Read more
I understand there are better alternatives. But will low dose Ativan (lorazepam) help with tension headaches?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ativan (lorazepam): No harmful adverse interaction between the 2 ...Read more
Ativan (lorazepam): Wait for what? . Please clarify. Thank you. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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