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Alternatives To Ativan Lorazepam
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
I understand there are better alternatives..but will low dose Ativan (lorazepam) help with tension headaches?
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?
A Mild Tranquilizer: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the benzodiazepine family of medications. Ativan when prescribed and taken appropriately can be used for the short-term relief of mild anxiety. It is addictive and has potential for abuse. Close monitoring is important. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest interval. Other members of this family include valium, xanax, (alprazolam) and klonopin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Overdosing: If you are considering overdosing on Ativan (lorazepam) or any other medication or substance, please don't. You can go to an emergency room, dial 911, or call 1-800-273-talk (8255) -- the national suicide prevention lifeline. They will connect you with local resources to help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Carefully: Ativan (lorazepam) is a valium derivative that is used for anxiety, tension, and for seizures. The side effect is sleepiness. Low doses are usually well tolerated and will relax you and allow usual function. Higher doses will put you to sleep. Understand why you are using it. Balance the benefit to the side effects. ...Read more
Wise Use of Ativan: I commend you for wanting to use Ativan wisely. Use Ativan for following symptoms if their intensity is 7 or more on a Scale of 10: • Excessive worrying and brooding • Mind racing • Restlessness • Difficulty in concentration • Irritability • Upsetness • Muscular tension •Physical symptoms due to Anxiety •Avoid Alcohol Dose, frequency and duration of Ativan should be monitored by your Psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wean off ativan (lorazepam): Ativan (lorazepam) is meant for short term use or occasional rescue use only. This is because people will develop tolerance and dependence on ativan (lorazepam). For persistent anxiety an long term anxiety controller medication should be used. Ativan (lorazepam) must be weaned off slowly to minimize withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more
Anti-anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety, panic attacks in particular. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which share similar properties such as valium, klonopin, xanax, (alprazolam) and Librium the advantage is that it works quickly, but the risks are developing a physical dependence (tolerance over time and withdrawal when stopping it) or an addiction. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Anxiety, Ativan: Accuretic for Blood pressure side effects may be- dizziness, headache, sleep problems, upset stomach, and diarrhea. • Anxiety can have similar symptoms. Let wise woman in you ask: • Stresses in life causing anxiety • Reasons to take Ativan 0.7m/day and Duration • Tolerance • Use of Alcohol Discuss with Psychiatrist • Medication benefits, side effects • Decrease dose • Therapy for stresses ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers