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Dr. Jane Steiner
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Ativan (Overview)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is able to better relax.


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What is ativan (lorazepam)?

What is ativan (lorazepam)?

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.

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Dr. Jane Steiner
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Ativan (Overview)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is able to better relax.


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What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

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.

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Please describe the weight side effects to ativan (lorazepam)?

Please describe the weight side effects to ativan (lorazepam)?

Haven't seen any: I've prescribed Ativan (lorazepam) for many years and weight has never come upas an issue. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen, but I haven't seen it with ativan (lorazepam). Definitely there is a weight gain issue with many of the other psychoactive medications, but even when some are known to put on weight some people don't do that. We're all different. If your dr is prescribing Ativan (lorazepam) there must be a reason.

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How often can I take ATIVAN (lorazepam)? I was prescribed ATIVAN (lorazepam) in June and have taken maybe 5-6 pills total spread throughout the last 2-3 months at. 5MG per.

How often can I take ATIVAN (lorazepam)? I was prescribed ATIVAN (lorazepam) in June and have taken maybe 5-6 pills total spread throughout the last 2-3 months at. 5MG per.

It depends: Honestly, I don't feel comfortable giving you an answer that your prescribing physician may not agree with or feel comfortable with you increasing your dosing to. You really should probably talk to him/her as it is their license on the line and they know and understand your whole background much better than I or my fellow colleagues do. They may help decide you need to increase the frequency of dose

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How often can a person use Ativan (lorazepam) without developing a tolerance?

How often can a person use Ativan (lorazepam) without developing a tolerance?

Depends: This is a complicated question that relies on many variables including dose, how often taken, for how long, whether taking any other meds that can effect Ativan (lorazepam), (lorazepam) Also the individuals size and metabolism are factors. I hope you are not in the process of taking Ativan (lorazepam) more frequently than needed.

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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

No: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine usually used for the treatment of anxiety. It may also be used to help with the anxiety symptoms sometimes associated with depression.

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I have sleeping problem. I want to take medicine for long sleep. First I use ativan (lorazepam) but is not so effective any noice in room I wake up so what medicin?

I have sleeping problem. I want to take medicine for long sleep. First I use ativan (lorazepam) but is not so effective any noice in room I wake up so what medicin?

Ear plugs: Sleep problems are very common. Try herbal teas with warm milk. Try melatonin. Use ear plugs and blinders. Try to avoid drugs. May try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but avoid alcohol and no caffeine after noon.

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Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

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.

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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?

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

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Is ativan (lorazepam) safe to take with anti depressants (zoloft)?

Is ativan (lorazepam) safe to take with anti depressants (zoloft)?

If prescribed: If your doctor has prescribed Ativan along with your zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) s/he will give you a particular dose and timing schedule. This could be on a regular or as needed ("prn") basis. Used this way, Ativan and zoloft (sertraline) can be safe together. Sometimes Ativan can help anxiety temporarily, while getting onto zoloft (sertraline) for panic, etc.

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How much lorazapam (ativan) can you take safely at one time?

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How much lorazapam (ativan) can you take safely at one time?

Ativan (lorazepam): Depends on your age, what other medications u r taking, and what the Ativan (lorazepam) is prescribed for. Usually, 0.5 mg. To 1mg.

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Is it very dangerous to take 6mgs a day of ativan (lorazepam)?

Is it very dangerous to take 6mgs a day of ativan (lorazepam)?

It could be: It depends on many factors, but 6 mgs of Ativan (lorazepam) per day is not a small dose. If mixed with alcohol and/or other drugs-a person could stop breathing. If a person took 6 mg per day for one month and then stopped abruptly, he or she could have a seizure. If this much Ativan (lorazepam) was prescribed by a dr month after month, I may have concerns. Finally-possession of Ativan (lorazepam) without a rx is a felony.

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What's worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

What's worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

Depends.: All the above are potentially toxic to the liver in high doses and long term use. Valerian use is generally safe in the short term and both Ativan (lorazepam) and alcohol are generally safe when taken sparingly and also for a short term. When you do take them, your doctor can monitor the effect on your liver.

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Would combining enough ativan (lorazepam) & alcohol to be lethal be quick & painless, or would it cause you to get sick and start vomiting, etc.?

Would combining enough ativan (lorazepam) & alcohol to be lethal be quick & painless, or would it cause you to get sick and start vomiting, etc.?

Wanting to Die: That combination is highly unlikely to be fatal. Let me promise you that your perceptions of reality may be skewed by your drug and alcohol use and that the pain or anguish or any feeling that tells you that suicide is an option is not correct. Your perceptions are wrong. I can promise you that if you get some help from the right people (like a drug and alcohol treatment center) you can live.

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What are the side effects of ativan (lorazepam) 1 mg?

What are the side effects of ativan (lorazepam) 1 mg?

Mild except if pregn: I agree with dr elliott, and only wish to add that it is important not to use if there is a chance you could get pregnant, or are early in your pregnancy, since it can cause birth defects.

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Which drug stays in your system longer, ativan or xanax (alprazolam)?

Which drug stays in your system longer, ativan or xanax (alprazolam)?

Benzodiazepines & UA: They are literally the same chemicals. If you need to pass a ua they may be in the system up to six weeks. Benzodiazepines stay around a very long time.

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How long does ativan (lorazepam) last if you took 2mg of it?

How long does ativan (lorazepam) last if you took 2mg of it?

Clinically it depend: Depends on whether you are used to taking it. If you are used to it you will continue to feels its effects for 6-8 hours. If you have never taken it before, you may feel for up to 16 hours. It takes about three days for it to leave your bloodstream. Lorazepam has all six benzodiazepine effects: anti-anxiety, anterograde amnesia, sedation/hypnosis, anticonvulsion, anti-vomiting, and muscle relaxation properties.

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