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Ambien And Lorazepam
I want to stop taking so many meds. Have severe insomnia and some anxiety. I take 150 trazadone, 10 ambien, (zolpidem) and. 5 lorazepam nightly. How do I do this?
Oh my gosh, it:
Really wouldn't be ethical for any of us to jump in and direct treatment. This should be done under the supervision of the physician who is treating you. I will however provide some sleep tips that might help. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to >. ...Read more
Could I replace the 1mg lorazepam that I have taken for 6 years as a sleep aid with something like ambien (zolpidem)? Would I still have to taper off the benzo?
Since rebound: Insomnia should really be the only concern, a trial with Ambien (zolpidem) could certainly be warranted. Beware of the potential risk of amnesia with Ambien (zolpidem) however. This would include sleepwalking sleep talking sleep cooking or even sleep driving. Best wishes. I had recommended the taper so as to diminish the impact of the rebound insomnia predominantly. Whatever you take will need to cover the rebound insomnia. ...Read more
Can you take Ambien (zolpidem) a day after you tried lorazapam at 2 mgs and how different is this sleep add from lorazapam.?
Sleep meds: Chronically taking Ativan is not a good idea. If you are already on ativan, adding Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep is duplicating a medication. Also if you are taking Ativan during the day you should not be driving. This is the equivalent of dui, with all of its risks and rewards. ...Read more
What does hypnotic drug mean such as lorazapam and Ambien (zolpidem) and are these really thd best to use on first time situational anxiety?
Hypnotics: "hypnotic" drugs are prescribed specifically to induce sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) is one. Lorazepam is a short-acting benzodiazepine with multiple uses. In low doses it can be helpful in anxiety, and in higher doses can also induce sleep. You would not prescribe Ambien (zolpidem) for basic anxiety, though. All the hypnotics can be habit forming. Non-drug methods are the first step in situational anxiety. ...Read more
Had unusual side effects from lorazapam Ambien (zolpidem) and zoloft, ended up in hospital there they gave added drugs normal they try drugs first, needed rest.
Your question?: Do you have a question? I don't see one here. If there's something you want to ask, you're welcome to do that. ...Read more
Was dizzy tense and not sleeping well, got really anxious was given lorazapam 2 mgs by mistake, then given Ambien (zolpidem) could I have some brain issue from d?
Overdoing Medicine: I would imagine the combination of these pills really knocked you for a loop. That is like having drunk three bottles of wine all at once. Please do not continue taking these together or alone in any frequent way. If you stay away from them your brain should be just fine. ...Read more
Getting dizzy when getting up from computer prescribed lorazapam, ambien, (zolpidem) Zoloft, after a few weeks found ear inf. Can I just stop the other stuff?
Yes: Every medication that has failed to be effective can be stopped however consult your prescribing physician. ...Read more
Dizzy, tense muscles, no sleep some brain fog given 2mgs of lorazapam by mistake and the Ambien (zolpidem) - seem to have memory issues and weight gain, possibe?
Dizziness: These could be medication side effect but they are transient and should be resolved within 10-12 hours. ...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
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 more
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 more
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 more
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
You can, but...: You may have a lot of trouble waking up in the morning. I assume you would take nyquil at night like it is intended, and often Lorazepam is taken at night for sleep. So you may want to take only 3/4 or 1/2 of your usual dose of Lorazepam if you need to take nyquil for a cold at night and don't overdo the nyquil either. ...Read more
Slowly: Depends on how your current daily dose and the amount of time you've been taking it, but in general I've found people have the most success with a slow, gradual taper. For patients on a high dose who've been taking a benzodiazepine for years, I will reduce the dosage by roughly 10% every 1-2 weeks, sometimes even more slowly. If the dose and duration are shorter I sometimes schedule a faster taper ...Read more
No: As dr lotfi says, both Lorazepam and diazepam are in the same class of medication, but they are different. Lorazapam has a half life of about 12 hours, while diazepam has a half life of more than 40 hours. Half life means that in that amount of time, half of the medication is out of your body as you can see, diazepam has a very long half life. ...Read more
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