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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
Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Klonopin (clonazepam) addiction: Good question. For vulnerable people, the pleasurable sensations that make addictive drugs disastrously attractive occur when Dopamine levels in the brain’s reward area surge abruptly. Usually there are neurons in the brain that inhibit this result, by downregulating dopamine-producing neurons. Benzos like Klonopin (clonazepam) inhibit these "inhibitory" neurons -- taking the brakes off the Dopamine surge. ...Read more
GET HELP NOW: No ethical physician is going to give you such advice, since you are clearly depressed and i believe that this question is your cry for help. There are suicide hotlines like the samaritans (1-877-870-4673) or online at http://samaritanshope. Your health care provider can help and refer you, or your local public mental health clinic can be a source of help. Please get the help you need asap. ...Read more
Depends: An addiction is a brain disease. It causes a person to engage in behaviors which may lead to dire consequences. The person knows that but engages in the behavior anyway, because they are addicted. It is all about the consequences. Is a person missing work or school or spending too much money or getting in trouble with the law? Cannabis use can lead to addiction, especially with regular use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not in the same sense as you would think of street drugs or some prescription pain medicines. However, it *is* possible to develop a kind of chemical dependence on it, such that suddenly stopping it might provoke symptoms of withdrawal or a relapse into depression. While not all professionals agree, one way of avoiding that that some take is a slow dose taper during drug discontinuation. ...Read more
Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?
Can someone explain extrapyramidal. At first I got extrapyramidal for a month and a half after using ambien (zolpidem) and marijuana and now I got it from kava.
Extrapyramidal?: Please repost and explain what YOU mean by "extrapyramidal." The term by itself is hopelessly nonspecific. ...Read more
I've had trouble sleeping for the past few months since I stopped smoking marijuana, the doctor prescribed 5 mg ambien (zolpidem) but it doesn't ever really get ?
Insomnia: Commend yourself for not smoking Marijuana. 5 mg Ambien (zolpidem) at bed time may not be adequate for sleep, or you have developed Tolerance;. Let Wise Man within you reflect Stresses causing insomnia. Consider: Avoid • Alcohol • OTC Sleep aids Exercise or Yoga in the evening Before sleeping, • Close that day’s Chapter in Book of Life • Visual imagery of National Parks • Breathing Relaxation • Therapy ...Read more
And I hate being on Prozac klonopin ambien (zolpidem) and add medicine and lots others and I would rather smoke marihuana because it helps all of these problems better for me. But I get drug tested.
Illegal Most Places: Marijuana is illegal in must states still so must be avoided. I agree you need healthier alternative to all the medication. It has been shown that physical exercise can be very helpful. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is an excellent talk therapy that can be very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many complex effects: Marijuana has a wide range of effects ; this varies from person to person. There are also many strains, some more stimulating ; some more sedating. It can be calming, ease muscle tension, stimulate appetite, relieve nausea ; aid sleep but may impair memory ; concentration. Marijuana contains over 100 different medically active compounds ; we are still learning what they do.See http://bit.Ly/1bypqfd. ...Read more
Many, such as...: A person can become dependent on marijuana. Drug dependence is the body's physical need, or addiction, to a particular substance, in order for the person to feel like he is functioning normally. Over time, drug dependence leads to physical harm in the user's brain and body, to behavior problems, and to association with people who also abuse drugs and commit crimes to obtain drugs. ...Read more
Using it, right?: Mj has been linked to a 3-fold increase in schizophrenia. It's use has been linked to decreased brain function, & linked to shrinkage of the thalamus, an important brain structure that controls or modulates neural activity. All in all, a wolf in sheep's clothing. In many cases it is definitely a gateway drug introducing acceptance to other drug experimentation & possibly addictions. It's illegal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many potentially: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: Marijuana "withdrawal" with sleep problems, anxiety and irritability occurs but in the vast majority of cases, the only thing that is needed is time and abstinence, and these symptoms will pass within days to weeks. It depends on how the person smokes - how often, for how long, how deeply they inhale, and the quality of the marijuana. Good nutrition, adequate vitamins are all that are needed. ...Read more
More negatives : If you're dying from an incurable disease can't eat & have lots of nausea, then mj is for you. Otherwise, mj is a disaster. Takes away motivation, reasoning, perception & persistence. Is definitely a "gateway" drug since mj users think its cool to smoke, then they're more willing to use other drugs. If you haven't used, don't. If you have, stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medications?: What r ur medications? The info u r giving is 2 vague 2 know what would happen, u probably mean if it would b safe "doing" mj while on meds. Ur location state is md where mj is not legal. If u "do" mj u take 2 risks 1/ ur mental health w/an unexpected "bad trip": high anxiety w/paranoïd ideation & derealization or psychosis outbreak (brief or not) 2/ legal trouble. B safe & save ur $ 2. Thx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No science here: Mdma / ecstasy is now a familiar recreational drug, less deadly than cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine but with some effects that may be serious and are under study. So far, there's no scientific work or pop wisdom on its interaction with cannabis. Whatever the wisdom of the laws, these substances are illegal and the supplies unregulated. Peace and love. ...Read more
Many: Mj is not safe and has many side effects including; dry mouth (cotton mouth), wt gain, sedation, poor judgement, inappropriate affects, panic attacks, paranoia, anxiety, loss of drive, depression and hallucinations (mostly distortions of touch and time). On withdrawal is insomnia, irritability and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer