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Ativan And Pregnancy
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
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Will taking ativan (lorazepam) before knowing/confirming pregnancy (ex: taking ativan (lorazepam) 1st few weeks) harm the development of the baby?
Teratogenicity: Ativan (lorazepam) has psychogenic effect even in a developing fetus. Its accidental use early in pregnancy has not been fully elucidated as yet. There were studies that correlated its teratogenicity with craniofacial and nerve migration and formation but these are more in the 2nd trimester. Talk to your ob-gyn, they may have more info. Good luck. I'm sure you'll both be fine. ...Read more
My girlfriend is pregnant and addicted to ativan (lorazepam).I've read a lot about sideeffects while taking this during pregnancy. How can she get off this?
Ativan; pregnant: 1st trimester usually most serious for fetal damage from drugs. See OB for monitoring fetus. Have prescribing doc change to Buspar (buspirone) (category b compared with ativan's category d) or undertake rapid withdrawal from ativan. Use meditation, exercise, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback for anxiety. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Onset, duration: Both are benzodiazepine receptor agonists and are strong anti-anxiety medications with abuse potential and a host of side effects including sedation/dangerous while driving. They can have a dangerous withdrawal if not appropriately tapered. Xanax has faster onset and is more quickly metabolized. See: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2172250-overview ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety, GERD, Ulcer: Ativan is for Anxiety. Zantac is to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and hyperacidity. Gaviscon is for acid indigestion and heartburn. Due to possible tolerance with Ativan and lack of improvement, Discuss with Psychiatrist: •Diagnosis of Anxiety •Tolerance with Ativan •Therapy for stresses in your life •Medication •Breathing Relaxation •Visual Imagery of National Parks •Meditation. ...Read more