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Ambien Vs Ativan
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
Not sure: I am not sure anyone can answer that question. ...Read more
Precursers: Please do not take any medications that have been taken together unless prescribed by your doctor. Call your doctor for further advice! Please let me know how things go! ...Read more
I been taken ativan for anxiety and ambiem for sleep. Recently the 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) is not doing anything. can I take a little more. please help?
Caution: Ambien (zolpidem) is not intended for long-term sleep problems. You may be developing tolerance to 10 mg dose already. You're also taking Ativan and Codeine which interact to increase side effects eg., dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Review with prescribing doctor to consider an antidepressant for anxiety. Your sleep may improve as well. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/ambien/FAQ-20058103 I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
87 yr old taking care of wife with alzh. getting no sleep can I take ambien (zolpidem) at night? I take Ativan during the day for anziety
Stress: You are to be congratulated for your dedication to your wife as this is a huge burden. Would not recommend Ambien due to sleep walking risk and relatively rapid tolerance. You might do better with Lunesta (eszopiclone) or Trazadone. Phone your doctor about these approaches. However, if reversal of sleep-waking cycle affecting your wife, you may need outside help in dealing with all of this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I safely use Ambien for sleep, then Xanax (alprazolam) during the day for anxiety? Can I safely switch between Xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan If I find one works better?
Your question sounds: like there may not be a prescribing physician involved with this, or at least you don't say anything about the advice of that physician. Benzodiazepines are not necessarily the best treatment for chronic anxiety states like generalized anxiety disorder, panic and especially not PTSD. Antidepressants work without producing tolerance and with much less of a risk of dependency. Talk to the prescriber ...Read more
Usually no: They can be taken together but why do you need them in the first place, depending on age which you do not provide. ...Read more